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August 22, 2013

Teen Talk: Getting working experience has had its bumps in the road

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---- — Stepping into the working world has proven to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. At 17, a lot of places looking to hire aren’t interested in teenagers. They push us away for having no experience. How are we supposed to have a working experience if businesses aren’t giving us a chance? How can we prove what we are capable of if nobody gives us that one chance to show them what we’ve got?

Don’t get me wrong, I know that a lot of teenagers these days aren’t looking to work. I know quite a few people who don’t want to take the responsibility to step into a more mature situation or life. To me, working gives me the ability to show to the world that I want to learn. 

When I first began looking to work, I got turned down by a lot of people. I was either too young, too inexperienced or businesses already had the maximum amount of workers they wanted. So I kept trying. I kept getting turned down. Eventually I got interviewed (and hired) by Lake N’ Pines Motel after months of constant rejection. 

I learned that a lot of teenagers around my age have received chances to work for businesses and always messed it up. They only seemed to care about summer fun and getting paid without actually doing the work. They weren’t taking anything seriously, and that left a bad taste for my generation. I had to prove to a lot of people that I wasn’t like all of the others who “horsed around” without a care in the world. 

I like working hard. I like what I do. Housekeeping isn’t always the best job in the world, but it is a good place to start. Lake N’ Pines saw me as somebody who potentially proved that not all teenagers are the same. I love my job and the people I work with. 

And then, of course, I got the opportunity to write for the Cooperstown Crier. (If you haven’t figured that out already.) I was given the chance to extend my passion for writing novels into writing for the local newspaper. I still find it funny that I went from constantly struggling to find a job, to having two. I love them both, and I am thankful for getting the opportunities. 

As a teenager, sometimes we are underestimated. There are always going to be the kinds of people who don’t want to work compared to those who do. There is always going to be that one group of teenagers who mess it up for everybody. That just makes me want to work even harder than I already am to show that I am different. 

One day, that will make all the difference.

Barbara C. Doyle is a 17-year-old from Cherry Valley. She has written two novels and is working on a third. Follow her on her on her Facebook fan page, and read her blog at