CD_163_Teenagers_and_Work

CD_163_Teenagers_and_Work - Running head: TEENAGERS AND...

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Running head: TEENAGERS AND WORK 1 Teenagers and Work Name San Jose State University
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Running head: TEENAGERS AND WORK 2 Teenagers and Work Do all industrialized countries’ adolescents start working at 16? One may be surprised to find out that in many other countries comparable to United States, teenagers wait to get employed until they finish their education (Steinberg, 2008). United States is very different in many particular ways when compared to the rest of the world. Although there would be many factors to analyze, teen employment is the main focus of this paper. I will discuss the interviews of a male adolescent and a female adolescent who are currently employed and going to school and then connect ideas from their interviews with current research articles and findings. Maria Chavez, the first interviewee, is a 17 year old who attends San Benito High School. She is the 12 th grade, works at Picker and Packer at West Marine Inc., and her grade point average is above a 3.5. Her job involves locating stock and packaging different items. Maria first started working two years ago as a tutor for an elementary student. She feels that her parents approve of her current job as her mother works in the same company and she is able to help with some expenses. Maria has a Hispanic background and comes from a low income family. Any extra income is usually welcomed in these types of families. There are some negative aspects that seem relevant in her interview answers. Maria is often tired from working this job, she works 12 hours per week, is paid very little, $8.95 per hour, and her time with family is less. She does not seem to get any benefits from this job besides her paychecks and flexible hours and she is sometimes stressed out due to her job and extra responsibilities at home. She is not necessarily
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Running head: TEENAGERS AND WORK 3 satisfied with the current job and it is not even related to her future career plans. Maria does, however, realize that her options for a better job are limited at this time and does not even try to dream of the ideal job at her current age. She chooses to maintain a positive attitude which helps her get through her weeks successfully. It is important to note that Maria does not get an allowance from her parents, but if she would get one, she would not work. This shows how she ultimately feels about working at this time. She realizes this should be the time for her to focus on school as she is a senior in high school and has prospective of going to a good college. It is also important to note that unlike one would expect, Maria would still be taking all the classes she is currently taking even if she would not be working. These classes are rated above average by anyone attending this high school. Maria is taking classes such as Precalculus Honors, English 12 AP, Anatomy, Psychology AP, U.S. Government, sports medicine. After reviewing her most recent grades, she seems to have fallen behind in mathematics as she has a C grade. However, her other grades are As and she is doing really well in all her classes, while still being
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course CHAD 163 at San Jose State.

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