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Speak Out: What Was Your First Summer Job?

In recent years, fewer teens have been working summer jobs.

It’s a longstanding summer ritual for teens across the country. Once the final school bell rings in June, teens don their retail/camp/food service uniform and head to work, sacrificing precious free time lounging by the pool.

A shift in that ritual has occurred in recent years. Slate reports that only 25 percent of teens currently have summer jobs, the lowest number on record. Slate reports that this shift has occurred because more teens are taking summer classes or taking prep programs, and that teens vying for menial jobs have faced competition from older workers and immigrants.

If your teen opts to work this summer, here are some local places hiring for seasonal positions:

The is hiring lifeguards, swim lesson instructors, and water aerobic instructors.

The following Mount Vernon Plaza stores are hiring summer retail positions.

The AMC Hoffman Center 22 movie theater in Alexandria is hiring crew members, and for those with a sweet tooth, Alexandria frozen yogurt shop Sweet Frog is hiring team members.

Patch wants to know: What was your first summer job? Were you scooping ice cream at the local ice cream shop, or were you a counselor at a summer camp? Take our poll, and feel free to commiserate with your summer job tales in our comments section below.

ET1221 June 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
My first job was working at The Variety Store in Hollin Hall. We weren't allowed to wear jeans, had to dress like proper young ladies and the Candy Aisle was the place to be! I remember an old crank style cash register up front. When or if the power went out business could continue with that ancient register! Think it was the summer of '76...
Chris LaMarca June 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
My first summer job was waitressing at the NCO Club at Ft. Belvoir in 1969. Later on, I cleaned motel rooms at the Mt. Vee motel, and waitressed at the Wagon Wheel and Ranch House Restaurants. If you can do these kinds of jobs well, you can pretty much do anything.
patty barnes June 06, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I baby sat when I was young 12 or 13, but the real summer job was detasseling corn. We had to leave on a school bus around 6:30 in the morning. We walked up and down the corn rows Puling the tassels out with those blades cutting us and making us itchy! No fun, but good pay! patty
Middledaughter June 06, 2012 at 08:43 PM
My first job was playing the piano for Bible School; St. James Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, North Carolina. I was inJunior High School. Wow!! It takes me back.
PutCreator1st June 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Harddes on Backlick Rd in North Springfield in 1978..one time the ketcup dispenser blew up on a guy with 1000 $$ silk suit and.he threw the dispenser across the lobby..and the green irredescent sheen on the roast beast sandwich...one summer was enough

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