Monday, 23 November 2015

Finally!

Finally, after leaving school 5 months ago The Teenager has finally got himself a job.  To be fair, he did fire in a few application forms but in reality he could have tried a bit harder.  But we live in a university town and if you're not quick off the mark then you don't stand a chance.

So, relying on a wee bit of nepotism his big brother got him an interview with the place he used to work at when he left school.  Credit where credit's due, he did well in both interviews and was offered a job :-)  A casual contract at first but all going well he should be offered a full time permanent contract.  They are aware he is going university and will help him transfer to a Hilton in Glasgow if he wants a part time job while studying.

No idea what he'll be earning yet but anything is good after having zero money!  We haven't discussed dig money yet and we need to be very careful about the effect it might have on maintenance from his dad.  But he's really happy :-)

Now here's the eye opener.  His initial interview lasted 35 minutes followed up by a second interview several days later lasting 15 minutes.  Total interview time 50 minutes, for a waiter position.  My last interview for a teaching post lasted 25 minutes.  Something not quite right with that...

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your son. I feel for the younger ones with the few jobs that are few and far between. I've got 3 kids in their 20' s now and I know that if they're happy then I'm happy. Well done to him.

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  3. Great news for you and your son! Mine is in the same position - thousands of students all chasing a few jobs. Still, must be optimistic, something might come along!

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  4. Great news! I feel I'm always saying this but may I suggest if dig money is a problem that you get him to open an ISA or some other saving account and put whatever you agree on there regularly. I didn't take dig money from my children but I wish I had now! I'd have put it aside for things they need later like deposits for accommodation/cars/gap years!! etc. I always felt that taking money from them to live in their own home seemed somehow wrong but I wish I'd come up with some kind of alternative at the time, not only to teach them that it costs money to live but also so they were in a better financial position later when it was needed. Anyway, whatever you do will be great and I'm sure your son is thrilled to bits. x

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  5. Good idea Marksgran. I never took money from my kids either but I don't think it would have hurt them to pay something, even though I didn't need it. And yes I would have put it aside for them anyway. But Ali congratulations to your son. My youngest is an apprentice plumber and earning half the minimum wage, but that is still better than nothing, and keeps him in petrol and pocket money. Anna

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  6. After I graduated from high school (USA) and got a job my parents charged me rent (I'm guessing that's what dig money is) and explained that it was to help pay my way in the world and prepare me for the same when I move out. If a young person get used to keeping all their money for personal spending they cultivate bad habits. Just saying.

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  7. Congratulations to your son, jobs are hard to come by and to find one that means he may be able to transfer to a branch at his university town later is a brilliant bonus. The interview time does seem excessive, but I guess when there are so many folk chasing each and every job employers can be picky and really make sure they have the right person for their position.

    The opening of an ISA is a brilliant idea for him to contribute for his digs money. The parents who let their kids live entirely free at home once they are earning are doing the youngster no favours in learning to budget. We all have to get by in the real world and the sooner we learn to manage our finances the better our lives will be.

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  8. congratulations to your son on his first job! alos the ISA idea above is genius.
    great blog btw,
    All the best
    Fast-SoS
    fast-sos.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Well done to G :) Sometimes a few months off between things is a good thing though :)
    x

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  10. I like the ISA idea! We've had a quick chat about how I expect him to save him some money for uni and not to spend it all on clothes. But once we've a better idea of how much he'll be earning we'll sit down and do a budget

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  11. Good luck with the job! These ridiculous interviews seem to be the in thing. For a very part-time job with the Co-op, I recently had a hour long telephone interview, followed by a 3 hour induction with written tests, and another 3 hour induction where I was talked at non stop about all the training I was going to have. I have been doing the job for 3 months now, and have trained myself on the job....

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  12. Well done your son, I know the feeling, my eldest left college in June and has found nothing yet, I think he could be much more proactive! But what can you do!

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