5 lies employers tell youth today

If you think employers believe in you, you’re wrong. It’s a lie young people are told. Do you believe this dose of tough love?

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Recently, I finished a job as a youth employment program coordinator in western Washington state. Overseeing programs that served more than 500 youths ages 14 to 24, I learned about the realities facing young workers.

Many people agree that the number of jobs open to young people is unacceptable. However, we haven’t explained why that is the case. After working with employers, youth, schools, and with organizations committed to connecting those parties to each other, I have come to understand that a large part of the problem is that adults constantly lie to young people, either inadvertently or intentionally.

Here are five lies employers tell the young:

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