A positive experience when doing something for the first time will be very meaningful to a child. That is why you have to do everything in your power to ensure that your child is successful at his/her first job. Success at a first job can help to make your child successful in future. Whether it’s voluntary work or a job that your child we be paid for, it will really help him to build his resume. This will make him more attractive to future employers. However, you should not let your child try to figure out everything by himself. You have to guide and help him with his fist job. Here are the things that you should do;
1. Help him find the right job
A child who has never had a job before probably doesn’t know where to start when looking for a job. You should help him find a job that suits him best. To make things easy, you should find him a job that requires him to do things that he has already done before. For example, if he is the one who has been mowing the grass at home, you should find him grass mowing jobs in your neighborhood. You should also consider your child’s strengths and interests when helping him to find his first job. Your child is more likely to be successful when he is doing something that he enjoys to do.
2. Change routine before the first day of work
You have to create a completely new routine before the job starts. Although this may be a challenge, it is something that you have to do to make him fit his new job into his schedule. You should start making the change as early as possible. When you make the changes early, your child will have adequate time to adjust to the new schedule. Encourage him to go to bed early so that he can wake up early. Adjust mealtime and medication if required. Everything that he needs to do every day should be included in his new schedule.
3. Explain to your child what is expected from him
Make sure that your child knows exactly what is expected of him. You should describe to him what the new job entails. You should make him record what is expected of him on his phone or notebook. The records will always help him if he loses his way in future. Tell him what is expected from him by his boss. To be sure that he has understood everything you said, ask him to describe to you what his duties are and all the things that he is supposed to do. Your child will be able to do his job well when he know exactly what he is supposed to do when he gets to his work place.
4. Make him understand that a job provides an opportunity to learn
Every new job provides him with an opportunity to learn. That is why you have make him understand that the job that he is just about to start gives him an opportunity to become a better person and prepares him for his next job. Tell him he should be open to learn new things and that he should always strive to do his best.
5. Prepare him for the job and make sure that he is punctual
Make sure that your child has everything that is need for his first job. If there are some tools that are needed for the job, you should make sure that he has them. During the first few weeks, it will also be your job to ensure that he is punctual. Wake him up early and make sure that he leaves the house in good time. It will not take long before he gets used to the new routine.
6. Practice people skills
It is very important to know how to relate to other people. That is why you have to make sure that your child can interact well with other people that he is going to meet when he starts his first job. You can skip this stage if you are sure that your child has great social skills. You can do some role playing with your child at home. Practice the basics of good manners.