My eldest kid is home for the summer after her freshman year of college. She had one part-time job lined up which gives her around 20 hrs a week. My wife and I strongly recommended that she obtain additional employment to get up near 40 hrs a week, and she got a job at a local ice cream parlor. Now, a couple of weeks in, she wants to quit that job.
Her main reasons are that her boss is a stupid, disorganized jerk, they are giving her hours she does not want, and they are not respecting her requests for time off (wanting her to close 2 of the 3 weekend nights).
I did not immediately agree that her quitting is a great idea, but I think I may be being unreasonable, and would appreciate your thoughts. One thing I’m thinking is that she is essentially paying the price of not working hard enough to find a better job earlier. If she wanted weekends off or no late-night hours, she could have looked for a job that would offer that.
I also think a lot of her complaints sound like what a lot of people complain about their jobs - stupid bosses, crummy tasks, lousy schedules, etc. I’m not sure it is a bad thing for her to experience it, to learn how important it is that she get herself in a position where eventually she might be able to get a better job.
OTOH, I think she realizes both of these already, and I don’t know how long she has to continue to make these sink in further. I don’t want her to be “punished.”
She is pretty frugal, and gets scholarships, so she doesn’t really NEED the money from the second job. (Her 1st job pays $2 more per hour.) And she got straight As her freshman year, so we are really proud of her.
Another (minor) thing I’m thinking is that once she realizes she doesn’t need/want the job, she could sort of experiment with some things: learning how to effectively communicate to a stupid boss; stand up for herself when she feels she is being treated poorly. She can be on the - uh - timid side. It might be a good opportunity to develop some workplace skills at a job she doesn’t care if she loses.
Most important, perhaps, is that she seems to not be as happy as I’d hope her to be. And if this job is making her - and the household - unhappy, that’s a good reason to lose it. However, I’d like her to identify her plans for activities that would keep her busy and that are aimed at making her happy. IOW, I don’t want her to quit this job and just hang out.
Just jotting off some thoughts quickly, as I’m outta here and off to the golf course. But I’d appreciate hearing what you think, and will be back tomorrow.