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Young people learn by working during the summer

Summer is now in full swing and that means more young people are working. They are earning money and also learning about business and the world of work.

"I am stocking shelves at a grocery store. I work about 25 hours a week and I am taking summer classes at a local college. I like the fact that I am earning money but I don't think I want to do this job for too much longer. I am looking forward to returning to the University of Florida in the fall," said Bernice Danzig who works at a Miami grocery store.

Others love what they are doing in the summer and may want to make it a career. "I am working as a paralegal in a Miami law firm and I just love the work I am doing. I have learned a lot about the legal system, how law firms work and what it takes to be a good lawyer," said Joseph Kendall.

Some are not sure what they will do but are getting a sense of what some industries are like. "I am waiting tables this summer. It is not my favorite job but I am learning a lot about business. Maybe I will work in the restaurant industry or maybe I will do something else, But I am learning about work and the world of business," said Cameron Blake.

Others like the opportunity to get their hands dirty and work with children. "I am working at a nature camp and I love teaching kids about bugs and fishing. This is a lot of fun," said Daniel Rogue.

But whatever a young person is doing to make money or even to volunteer, they are learning about how the real world works. And they are learning what they can't really learn in a classroom.

"I am studying history during the school year. I like history but when I work in a store, I get a better sense about what it takes to be successful in the business world and I like the experience I am getting at my job," said Kristen Sanford.