During a recent presentation, a high school student asked if she should wear her school uniform to her job interview at a fast food restaurant the following day. Here are the facts – the young lady has a half day schedule at school and the potential employer is aware that she is a student and instructed her to come right after school. My answer was that she shouldn’t wear her school uniform to her interview if she had the ability to bring a change of clothing to school with her and change into it in ten minutes or less.
Young people need to know how to truly “dress for success”. Have you explained to your youth that fabric, color, length, fit, and style matter? Just because a student is wearing a skirt or a pair of slacks doesn’t mean they’re dressed professionally. Whether interviewing for a part-time position, applying for seasonal or summer work, or attending a college fair students should dress “up” with the option of going casual later if the environment permits.
I encourage teens to do what they love. I believe that teens should do what they love when it comes to hobbies, community services, and employment. So, when asked the question is there a difference between a job and a career my answer is a resounding yes.
A job is what you do to earn money but a career is a series of connected employment endeavors. Let me use myself as an example. Since graduating from college many years ago I have been employed in various organizations working with various populations – families, pre-school and elementary school, pre-teens, teens and teen parents. I have also volunteered in many different capacities, and just like my employment opportunities, they all fit perfectly in my social work career path. All of my jobs have led me further down the same career track.