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Why your teen should work this summer

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Summer jobs for teens are an endangered species worth saving.

These seasonal jobs offer more than a paycheck. Summer employment can:

-- Improve academic performance, especially among lower-income teens.

-- Teach important employment skills, including teamwork and problem-solving.

-- Give teens real-world experience demonstrating a work ethic and satisfying bosses who expect them to earn every dollar.

"We don't naturally know how to be good employees," says Kathy Kristof, editor of SideHusl, a review site for part-time employment. "We learn, just like we learn the alphabet, with practice."

A recent survey indicates many college graduates may be hitting the job market unprepared to meet employer expectations. While 89.4 percent of recent grads rated themselves as proficient in their work ethic and professionalism, only 42.5 percent of surveyed employers shared that view, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Job Outlook 2018.

"You have 22-year-olds who might have a stellar academic record but they've never held a job," says Andrew Challenger,........

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