by Audrey Thomasson
Just weeks away from summer vacation, students are gearing up for the summer job hunt. But cold-calling a business can be pretty frightening to a kid out to find a first job.
Teenagers don’t know how to pick up a phone and ask a stranger for a job, said Lancaster High School guidance counselor Dr. Daniel Hudson. “It’s out of their comfort zone. Most of our kids are good enough, smart enough to do any manufacturing or retail job.”
So Hudson started a mission—a youth work program—to give a little guidance and a helping hand by spreading the word in the community about the need for seasonal jobs. He’s established a bulletin board to post incoming jobs.
“I talk to kids about how school is a job. You have to get up in the morning, get yourself ready, get to school on time and do the work. If you can’t do that then somewhere down the line someone’s going to tell you, ‘We don’t need you’,” he said.
Hudson also urges students to think like an entrepreneur, create a service people want—whether it’s gardening, fixing cars, baby-sitting, watering plants for people on vacation—whatever their interest, wherever there is a need. But he’s also looking for full and part time positions to post on the job board…