Supporting a young person in their first job


After working hard to find their first job, some young people can struggle to adjust to the workforce. Some young workers can feel a sense of apprehension about their new responsibilities and what their workplace will be like.

Being a source of support and encouragement is an important role for parents at this time.

This article provides a range of links and tools to help parents support young people to prepare for and succeed in their first job.

Support for young workers – from Job Jumpstart

The Job Jumpstart website has a section dedicated to supporting young workers.

The ‘At Work’ section offers a range of resources under a number of topics including:

Support for young workers - other resources

Starting work - online learning course

  • Starting a new job is a free and interactive online learning course that combines videos and quizzes to help young people understand their workplace rights and obligations. Embedded in the course is a section specifically designed for parents and educators to better support and empower young workers to overcome issues or concerns in their job.

Pay and working conditions information

Safety at work

These sites provide a range of resources to assist you in developing young workers’ understanding of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to staying safe at work.