So my son is 17 years old and like a lot of young men his age he's trying to figure out the best way to earn enough money his first car. I've told him that I'd be willing to help him out but only after I saw him work for it himself. So we've had some conversations about jobs he could consider applying for. We've gone together and he's applied for a few but so far, no dice. In fact, no call backs at all. At one point he said "what if I come work for you?" and I quickly responded that I'd be happy to hire him. After he got his first job working for a real boss that could fire him at a moment's notice. I think you need to learn those kind of consequences as early as possible in your work life.