Producer: Rod Clarke
OK, youve turned 16 and youre ready to venture out into the world and tackle that first after-school or summer job. But what awaits you out there?
Even in good times, its tough for a kid to break into the job market. No track record, no experience, no resume. But these are NOT good times. These are very bad times. Record unemployment and foreclosures. A collapsed housing market. A depressed construction industry. Experienced professionals are collecting unemployment insurance, queuing up at food pantries to feed their families and accepting any job theyre lucky enough to find. Where does this leave that high school student?Dannielle Bruns (like buns) job is helping youngsters prepare to enter the workforce. She and her co-workers at the Workforce Development Board provide them with work readiness training, occupational and life skills. And Brun warns her young charges that they face a formidable challenge.