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06/12/2017

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Good topic, with a familiar ring (http://www.compensationcafe.com/2016/07/where-has-all-the-entry-level-experience-gone.html) to it, and posted almost exactly one year apart. Jim's posting focuses on some of the front-end barriers and greater prioritization that factor into selecting the fork in the road that leads to summer and part-time employment.

My posting focused on the outcomes and benefits of what early work experience can bring to early careerists. I'm pleased to report that of our four (yes, four) summer intern group this year, all arrived on day one with at least some prior work experience under their belts. Every little bit helps.

If our tag-team performances are separated by a full year, is that still evidence of conspiracy, Chris? Didn't even preview this with you, either.

Glad you reminded us of your post of last year that discussed the positive value of student experience in the workforce. Whether the early employment be temporary, part-time or seasonal, or in either the civilian or government sectors, it can be a special form of training that applies classroom learning.

My son has applied to several local teen type summer jobs, and even went in for interviews, until they realized he was under 18. They refuse to hire minors.

Times have changed, Amber. For my first regularly employer-paid summer job, I became a union member when still under 16.

Perhaps teens from poorer families also have to help with childcare for younger siblings or participate in such off the grid type work during the summer.

As April notes, in many areas, work is paid "under the table," without payroll tax deductions that reduce the take-home income and increase the cost to the employer. Some people spend their entire lives doing cash-only work where no one reports anything. They are invisible to the tax collectors and economic analysts.

In some countries, onerous official pay rules have created underground workforces so immense that their national employment and earnings statistics are meaningless. The response to many expensive regulations is frequently not compliance but instead avoidance.

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