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Is convenience killing our young people's jobs?

Is convenience Killing our Young People's jobs?

I hear it more and more that my teen can't find a job.

Some areas have some jobs, but not ones that a teen can work and go to school.

Summer is worse many times.

So, why is this?

In my  opinion...


WE get gas and we pay at the pump.   (No need for a teen to take your money)

WE go to the grocery store.  Use the self checkout.  (No need for a teen to take our money)

WE transfer money via  Internet in our bank accounts.  (No need for anyone to do the transaction for us)

WE go to Amazon and other Internet sites to buy products.  (No need for a teen to take our money)


Need I go on.  Yes, many of these convenience's also create jobs for other people, but fact still stands that less people are needed to do much of the work as before.


I  do not pay at the pump or do self check out.  I don't do Internet banking (for several reasons)

I touch products before I buy they.  (Good for the small mom and pop stores.)


So, are we killing our young people's jobs.  You decide on your own but these jobs also train our teens for the future of living on their own.  

A learning experience that you don't find in schools!


Comment balloon 17 commentsWilliam Feela • February 10 2017 04:34PM



I agree with you, however, our educational system in some parts of the country, and CA rates pretty low is terrible.  We need to teach our teens where they can be valuable and anticipate human power in the changes that are happening.  For instance, teens we know are working as aides in hospice centers.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 year ago

I can only speak from experience in my own family William Feela and that is that my daughter and her friends have never had a problem finding jobs. To their credit they actually go out and seek jobs like Tina just went to the Minot Daily News and asked to intern, they hired her immeadiately. Last year she and a couple of friends went to the Roosevelt Park Zoo and the whole group was hired. No problems here .

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate (Alliance Real Estate - Minot) about 1 year ago

Good morning William,

Another part of the problem is parent's giving an allowance and not have to any work to get it! Our illustrious governments are not helping by raising minimum wages that a small business owner also has an increase in SS, workman's comp insurance and other cost and still have to hold the line on what they charge.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 1 year ago

This is an excellent observation and I must say I find nothing to argue with you about your resulting opinion. Will it change? I am afraid not.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) about 1 year ago

Hi William Feela - You make some good points but I have always felt that where there is a will, there is a way. Our teens need support to tap into their strengths. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 1 year ago

Hi Bill... the kinds of jobs you're talking about are not coming back. Society needs to get resourceful about finding new opportunities for teens. 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) about 1 year ago

Bill, everything is changing at the speed of light. Young people just need to go to college and take the classes that will best prepare them for the most in need career fields.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) about 1 year ago

Hi William,
Our economy is in a constant state of transition.  As you say, new jobs are created when others are eliminated.  There are many jobs for teens that they aren't willing to do. Enterprising young people do find work.   This is true of adults too.  They say they can't find a job, yet, they are picky about the kind of work they want.  My best advice is to learn a trade.

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) about 1 year ago

I am with Nina Hollander - I also feel that it is not for lack of job opportunities ... it is a lack of ambition for many teens ... many are not working because parents are not requiring them to get a job.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 1 year ago


When the young people can't find a jog . . . . be creative and make one.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 1 year ago

Good morning William.  Around here there are signs in a lot of businesses stating they are hiring.  The signs have been up for awhile. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 1 year ago

We don't seem to have that problem here...whether it may be fast food or the willingness...or not...to pick up a shovel or push a lawn mower...jobs are here but you have to want to work !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) about 1 year ago

This is a biffer problem in the snmall towns I think.,  Big city America has a lot more options got people.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 about 1 year ago

Surely they can find jobs that still need doing.  It's time for them to get more creative and come up with their own job descriptions.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 1 year ago

I see help wanted signs all over town, and yet people complain that they dont have jobs.  Where is the disconnect here?

More a problem with most Americans being too picky about the work that they are willing to do.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 1 year ago

Btw, my kids always had jobs, and plenty of other employers trying to lure them in.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 1 year ago

I think there are enough jobs out there.  What there is a shortage of, is good paying job.  Also, many employers like to mix up their worker scheduled hours. This practice makes it difficult for those in college to enroll in classes.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 year ago