|Chris Pugh - Ukiah Daily Journal|
"Costco was my first job, too!"
That was cool.
I can't think of a better first boss for a teenager than someone who loves their job and is proud of the work they do.
First and foremost, the teen learns that a job is something to be respected and done to the best of your abilities.
Second, they learn that taking pride in your work makes any job more pleasant and productive for those around you. Even if you don't enjoy what you do, a co-worker who does their best with every task can inspire you to do the same.
But perhaps the most important lesson a boss who loves their job can teach teenagers is that such a feeling is even possible. And hopefully they will be inspired to find one they can love, yet while still appreciating every job they get during their search.
Because acting like a entry-level position is beneath you does not convince employers you are destined for bigger and better things. Quite the opposite.
Performing well at the job you have doesn't mean you've resigned yourself to it forever. But it does mean you are far more likely to land the job you really want.