Recognise the value of a first job

Getting a taste of the working world gives teenagers more than money in their pocket - it can also provide invaluable experience, writes Emma Kennedy.

21st July, 2012
Michael Flanagan, 21, is working summers and holidays at his father Peter's business, Flanagan Kerins Furniture, in Bray. Photo: Maura Hickey

Most parents try to teach their children the value of money, with varying degrees of success. For many youngsters, things finally click into place once they begin to earn their own cash.

Whether it's stacking shelves, washing dishes or minding a neighbour's child, a first job provides not only a first pay packet and a taste of independence, but also money management skills and valuable life experience.

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