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Expert Series – Quick Tips with Meg

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We’ve got some advice for those teenagers looking for that first job, from Meg of Bethie B. an interior design company. Here is what she had to say:

1. What are some of the best jobs for teenagers that help gain valuable experience for the future?

I would say the best advice would be to experiment as much as possible in high school and college in jobs that you really have an interest in or passion for… And if one doesn’t exist, figure out ways you could create one yourself and/or to start of your own business. Don’t be afraid to fail….no failures possible there, only new opportunities.

2. What would be your top 1 or 2 pieces of advice for a teenager preparing for their first job interview?

Be respectful. Show passion.

3. For a young person who may want to start a business one day, what would you advise them to do now to prepare themselves for this?

See #1, but also, find what really interests you and don’t be afraid to try. While building a business is far from easy, the lessons you’ll learn will be invaluable. A great quote I recently read from Warren Buffet was “you’re able to enjoy the shade today, because someone awhile back decided to plant a tree”

4. Besides what we’ve asked already, what other advice would you give to a teenager entering the workforce for the first time?

If you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing it won’t feel like work.  Find balance. Audit yourself regularly to ask yourself if where you’re at right now is helping you get to where you want to be in 5 years, 10 years… 20 years…

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