When one applies to anything one question always comes up, whether or not one has any job experience. Due to this one can only conclude that job experience is important. Even, when applying to college having a job is very important for the college to understand that one has good time management. Not only is a having a job, at a young age good for time management it is also good for many other reasons, such as learning independence, self confidence, and ownership. These items are very important for the development of an individual and having a job helps shape these greatly. Having a job benefits and individual greatly, and as one grows older these benefits become more evident and more gratifying.
At a young age one can begin even the easiest job, for example, a paper route. From that early age they learn responsibility. They know that in the morning they have to get up at the same time, and complete the task they are being paid for. The receiving of money teaches the child at a young age of ownership, they understand that if they want something their parents are not willing to buy them, they can buy it themselves. This helps the child with independence, and helps the child learn that he can do what he wants, if given the opportunity. Finally, self confidence is learned through being independent. From my experience, earning an allowance was very important to me. With this extra money I could treat myself to something that my parents may not have necessarily bought me. Although my parents were the ones giving me this money, it still felt good knowing that I had earned it. As I had more job experiences, I learned that now having a job has a greater impact on life.
From this early age one learns that you have to work hard in order to gain something. This is very important at this age to know this because they will learn to not take things for granted. If one sees the difficulties of earning money, they will be more thankful for the things that they receive. In Dagoberto Gilb's essay, Work Union, he says that the only good in work is when the very best people work hard. Money isn't easily earned and to earn well money one may have to go through many years of schooling.
The influence of jobs continues to increase as aging goes on. During high school when a one begins to become even more independent having a job can help this process. With their job they can buy a car if they will, go out to dinner, and hang out with friends. This allows for an even greater development of ownership of their property. The items that they buy become more important, knowing that they worked hard to earn them. A big part of having a job during these years is important, in that they are starting to save up for college. This provides even more responsibility, and one the most important at this time is financial responsibility. They learn to spend money wisely, and know learn the responsibilities of abusing the use of money. One characteristic that will continue in ones life that is very well is teamwork and communications.
Most jobs that one contributes in during teen years, are dealing with people. This is very beneficial to an individual especially in later careers. Communication is very important no matter what job; you go into; from being a teacher and communicating with your students to being an engineer and communicating during an important meeting with your co workers. From my own experiences, and interacting with people in my age group, I can see in those people that have jobs, a higher level of confidence and communication. Another very important aspect of having a job, contributes to laziness.
Obviously one can not have a job and be laziness. These are two words that do not go hand in hand. There is an example, of this from Gilb's essay again, when he mentions that it is human to work, to bend and grip, to lift and pull. This doesn't necessarily mean that not doing these things makes you lazy; however, it is just an example of the meaning of work. These can be used as metaphors for other characteristics such as working hard in order to get a point across in a meeting. This attribution of not being lazy is very beneficial to have at a young age. In addition, with working in a fast food restaurant an adolescent may see that with this amount of money it is hard to provide for them. This leads to one striving to have more of an impact on ones society.
As one grows older, having a job becomes of more importance. It is no longer whether or not you have enough money to go to dinner with some friends. Rather, having a job affects your family and the people around you. Even at this age, having a job can have an effect on self confidence and responsibility. During the middle ages of ones life, there comes the factor of people depending on you. When one doesn't have people that depend on them this may even lead to laziness. In order for self confidence an adult must feel that they are valued in their society. Not having involvement in the society, for example by providing for you family can leave a person feeling shallow.
I believe that every job out there contributes to society in some way. The biggest contribution a job has is to the individual doing it. Jobs teach a person many things; self confidence, responsibility, and ownership.