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If you are having trouble finding a job have you considered creating your own job?  If you’re a teenager looking for work, you may be competing with older, experienced workers who are very motivated.  What’s an enterprising teen to do?

A recent New York Times interview by Thomas Friedman makes it clear, being able to invent employment is an essential life skill for everyone in the new economy.  Friedman interviewed Tony Wagner, a Harvard education professor and author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Wagner believes that the old pattern of graduating from high school or college, finding a job in the conventional way, and then doing work that draws on one’s education is a pattern that is no longer reasonable. Life no longer works that way.

Unemployment among college graduates is at an all-time high, as high as 53% according to various sources. To make their way in the world, young people may need more than just a good education and connections. They need creativity and motivation. 

Instead of getting a job like everyone else – or, more likely, looking for a job like everyone else and probably not find one – you should assess your skills and interests and the needs of your community. What can you do that others might pay you to do? How can you turn your creativity or motivation into cash? Many people started their work experience mowing lawns or babysitting. These are still good entrepreneurial ventures, but there are more. Here is just a starter list of jobs a teen could invent:

             • Computer specialist
        • Gardener 
  • Tutor
  • T-Shirt designer
  • Guitar or piano teacher
  • Greeting card artist
  • Writer
  • Window cleaner
  • Birthday party planner
  • Car detailer
  • Dog walker
  • Garage organizer

The point is to value one’s own talents and abilities and not rely on someone else to provide a job. According to Tony Wagner this is the key to a life of full employment. He says, “Young people who are intrinsically motivated — curious, persistent, and willing to take risks — will learn new knowledge and skills continuously. They will be able to find new opportunities or create their own — a disposition that will be increasingly important as many traditional careers disappear.”

Think about it!!!! You can start your own company!