Wednesday 22 January 2020

Tough for teens

Madam – As a teenager nearing the legal age for employment, I will soon be applying for jobs in my area. However, many of my friends have already reached this age and are often passed over for older, more qualified applicants. While I do feel sympathy for my friends, I understand where business owners are coming from.

If you were given the choice between hiring a 16- or 17-year-old with very little work experience and knowledge in the given sector and somebody in their 20s or 30s with a college degree, and previous work experience, who would you choose? Most professionals would hire the more experienced individual for the simple reason that they have an idea what to do and may not need as much training as a teenager. Despite the logic of this scenario, many teenagers are still unhappy when employers decline their applications. Is it just the feelings of inadequacy that lead to this, or can teenagers not understand the business decisions made by human resources departments?

I am not saying that all employers should overlook teenagers for employment. There are some cases where hiring a teenager could be better than hiring somebody older. Many teenagers are eager and willing to learn and will work just as hard as anybody else. I am just wondering why some people have trouble comprehending why they are unlucky with employment when somebody more qualified gets the job instead.

Adam Burke (15),

Co Limerick


Madam – Three beautiful, lively, smart young women are making world headlines: Malala Yousafzai, Joanne O'Riordan and Miley Cyrus. Joanne and Malala are to be admired for their wonderful ability, fearless behaviour and help to mankind, but poor Miley will get exploited and used, I fear. The music business is only interested in making money. She may 'see the light' and change her antics. God loves her too.

Kathleen Corrigan,

Cootehill, Co Cavan

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