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Park District: fewer teens applying for summer jobs

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Summer jobs are a great way for teens in particular to gain job experience and earn some money, but the past few years more adult workers have been filling those positions.

Quincy Park District officials says in the last five years, they have seen a big increase in the number of adult or retired workers applying for these seasonal, summer jobs. Director of Golf Matt Burry says the opposite is actually true for teens.  He's seen less younger people fill out an application.

"In the years past, we've always had a lot of high school kids come in, but it seems like that number keeps going down as well," Burry said. "Usually, we didn't even have to do a job fair or put an ad in the paper. We just had a lot of people who would come in and in the past three or four years we just have had fewer and fewer younger kids who have come in."

Director of Program Services Mike Bruns says more teens should consider getting a summer job as it will teach valuable skills for later in life.

"It teaches you so many different things," Bruns said. "I mean discipline, responsibility and things like that are going to carry on through your whole life. To know you have to be some where at a certain time and have some responsibilities on the job, it just helps you all around."

The Park District is looking to fill 50 positions and also 20 positions at the Westview golf course. Bruns says about 70 percent of workers get brought back for the following summer as long as they do a good job and want to return. He says this is also another way someone can move up within the Park District.

You can find applications for the Quincy Park District here.
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