By Stephen C. Schultz
Life experience is only as valuable as our interpretation of it!
Do teens know how to work anymore? Do they know how to meet the needs of an employer? Are they always looking for the next exciting activity, trip, technology or game? What are they learning from a society of instant gratification? Has substance abuse and emotional concerns increased because our teens are constantly searching for the next thrill, but never able to find it?
When teens and young adults find themselves battling the demons that are associated with emotional concerns and family turmoil, they miss out on some crucial life and work experiences.
Throughout their young lives, the focus has been on their journey through the Adolescent Stages of Development. What has been missing are the very important Formative Stages of Career Development.
I don't see the paperboy anymore or the bag boy/girl at the grocery store. We have online news and self check out at the store! While this may be more convenient, there is a trade off for future generations. They are missing out on the opportunity to learn the value of work, the skills to be of value to an an employer and the determination to stay focused through a full day of work!
These experiences provide a foundation for a successful transition into adulthood.
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