In order to live independently, your teen will need to have a job. The job will need to make enough money to cover their living expenses, at minimum. Today’s happy young adult has a job that contributes to a high quality of life and not just monetarily! Because when a young adult has a job that they enjoy doing, it leads to a happier day-to-day outlook, with more benefits like a high confidence level and less problems, like stress related illnesses. Which makes it important for parents of teens to work on skills that will help their teen find and keep a job they enjoy.

Young adults who are able to find and keep jobs that contribute to a high quality of life have three things in common:

  • They value the job they have;
  • they understand how education adds to the quality of their work;
  • and they often look into their future by setting and reassessing their goals.

Therefore, it is best if parents work on the skills your teen will need to be happy with the work they will be doing – no matter what field it is – instead of just working on the discipline it takes to get any job. Here are the skills your teen will need to have in order to find and keep jobs that contribute to a high quality of life:

Problem-Solving Skills When faced with a problem, there are people who ignore them, people who fall apart and then, there are people who look for and find solutions. A teen who learns to be the type who looks for solutions will be happier with their chosen career and place of employment.

A Willingness to Learn Learning is a life-long process that you should get your teen ready to do. While some teens think that they only have to learn until they graduate, then they can just ‘do’, the teens who enjoy learning tend to be the ones who enjoy their jobs.

Respectful Attitude Towards Others This is a tough skill for teens to learn. Often they feel that those who deserve respect are those people they like and no one else. They need to learn that although you may not like someone, that someone deserves your teen’s respectful attitude just for the sake of their being and the place that someone has in your teen’s life. When a teen learns to have a respectful attitude towards all others, it becomes easier for them when they work with those who may have different values.

Dedication and a Solid Work Ethic Working is just that, getting a task completed. When a teen learns to see a job through until it is done, and done well, they build more confidence and are better able to handle the next task given to them. This skill leads to positive outcomes in their workplace and at home.

Dependability and Punctuality Dependability and punctuality are skills that are learned through trial and error with teenagers. All parents can recount both trials and errors in their teen’s lives and may even cringe when they think about what ‘might have happened’. Smart parents are able to take those times and turn them into life-long lessons of dependability. Teens who learn to be dependable make their employers happy and get raises and promotions.

Positive Attitude It is not possible to truly remain positive all of the time. But if one learns to look for the positive when faces with adversity, instead of wallowing in the negative, one is more likely to find a way to be as positive as possible. You can teach your teen to look for and strive to achieve positive outcomes. Then when they are grown, they will use this skill to help them find and keep a job they enjoy.

Self-Confidence When one believes in themselves, they are able to do what is asked of them. Subsequently, they gain more confidence and are able to do more. This is the reason that an employer looks for confidence in their employees.