Learning through summer jobs: Teenagers taking advantage of multitude of openings

14 Aug 2019


Jeff Wild started washing dishes at a restaurant many years ago as his first job. Now, he is the owner of Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

That first job is one of the many reasons Wild sees the importance of jobs for teenagers.

“Jobs get them started in life and teach them responsibility,” he said. Showing up for shifts on time, staying safe in the workplace, learning how to request time off and going through training for customer service are some skills teens can learn.

“It’s a tremendous learning curve, especially for the younger ones."

Despite their busy schedules, many teenagers in Alexandria are finding the time to work this summer.

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