Landing that first job can be a major confidence boost for teens with learning and thinking differences. It says, “I believe in you and value your efforts!” But as empowering as a good experience can be, a bad match can be a blow to your teen’s self-esteem. It may even keep your child from looking for another job. This list can help you make sure the fit is right.
- The job is realistic.
- The duties are suited to my child.
- My teen likes or is interested in the job.
- The job is one where my teen is likely to stay focused and on task.
- There is the right amount of variety to the job.
- The job plays to my teen’s strengths.
- The schedule works with my teen’s academics and outside activities.
- The boss or supervisor is patient and friendly.
- The company or boss knows about my teen’s learning and thinking differences and is accommodating.
- The boss is willing to find ways for my child to work around more challenging tasks.
- The physical environment is a good match.
- There is sufficient structure in the job.
- My teen has a clear list of responsibilities.
- The social demands of the job suit my teen.
- My teen is likely to gain confidence and self-esteem from this job.
- The job gives my child a chance to be empowered and successful.
- The job is a good first step on my child’s career path.