A common explanation is that the bad jobs are coming back first and the good jobs will follow. But let me suggest another explanation: the good jobs are here among us right now -- it's just their wages, their benefits, and the long-term security that have vanished.
Even though kids are busier these days -- taking more tests and doing more extracurricular activities to get into much more competitive colleges -- a part-time job during the school year in high school should be a no-brainer, right?
With college comes freedom and with freedom comes expenses. Today, most college students are faced with empty pockets and fierce competition for employment. Sure, flipping burgers is fast money, but it doesn't do much for the resume.