I feel strongly that young people need to learn the lessons (seek the gifts) from having a job. It gives them instant appreciation for the value of their work -- that it takes far more effort and time to earn it than it does to spend it.
Kidlet is working in a quaint little flower shop within walking distance of our home. I am not sure how she will manage now that her hockey season is underway as well as juggling the demands of her last year of high school ... but regardless, she took the plunge and she learned something about herself -- that she is an extremely capable and valuable employee. Her boss told her so -- and I already knew so.