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:
- preparing to start your new job
- your first day on the job
- knowing you workplace rights and responsibilities
- difficult discussions at work
- tips on changing jobs
- have you lost your job?
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
- The MoneySmart – Under 25s website has information on money matters for parents and educators of young workers.
- Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website provides information on a range of pay-related matters.
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.