You still work hard all year at school.
– Queue that, Will Smith song.
– The one DJ Jazzy Jeff? *Such* a hit.
– Summa, summa, summa time! Remember that song? I was singin’ it in the makeup chair! I thought you heard me!
– Oh ok [laughs] I sing that song everyday! Ah cha ching! Okay, yeah! Hi, I’m Grace.
– I’m Mamrie! And today… This might get paid, y’all.
– Yeah! We’re talkin’ about jobs. Specifically, summer jobs! Okay, this concept of summer job, for a youngster,
– Mhm. I don’t understand because I worked year-round. Same! I had *multiple* jobs year-round.
– Yeah! Like what is this just workin’ a couple months in the summer? I had a year-long job, I worked at a fine-dining restaurant called, Chili’s.
– [applause] Thank you. Thank you. Uhh, free molten chocolate cakes whenever I wanted.
– [deep voice] Woahhhh. Well when they were mis-ordered by, um, a table. You.
– Yep, me. But then in the summer I worked at Winona Swim Club, at the front desk. Winona…Judd’s…Swim Club?
– Winona. Ryder’s. Swim Club.
– [laughs] Uh, I worked at her house, I skimmed the pool, it was great.
– [laughs loudly] Would you just like, check people in or–
– Yeah, I just like, worked the front desk and I read, uh, all of the Harry Potter books. And because I was in a desk that was in this like, entranceway that had no cellphone reception, and I like, had to stay there. So, all I could do was read. Times were tough!
– I worked year-round at a movie theatre.
– Ooooh! There was a five screen theatre. Star Mall Crossing Cinema 5, what what, miss you y’all. I worked like the ticket and the concession, and it was me and all my buds.
– Yeah. And similar to your molten cake,
– Yeah. I would eat a bunch of the concession stand, but you could the candy if it was like, messed up. Cause you can’t–
– [gasps] So you just throw it on the ground? So I’d be like, I remember my boss’s name was Otis. I’d be like, ‘Otis, can I have these Junior Mints?’ He’d be like, ‘No, you’ve already had some.’ And I’d be like, [whpoosh] ‘Can I have these Junior Mints?’
– [off camera laughter] That’s the most southern sentence ever.
– [together] ‘Otis, can I have these Junior Mints?’ [laughs] But also it was an amazing job because, we’d clean out the popcorn machine at the end of the night.
– That seems gross. It is gross but there’s a lot of delicious popcorn, I’d put it in a trash bag, and then go to a party, and I was Popcorn Santa, [bleep]. Life hack.
– Just saying. There are some perks to some youngster jobs. But today we are talking about specifically summer jobs, and it looks to be that the youth of America, is kind of not working as much.
– You guys are fallin’ off in your employment rate. Especially over the summer time… Last year’s employment rate for 16-17 year olds, was 20%. Less than half its level, uh, as recently as 2000.
– Wow, and 2000 was like when we were in high school. So…
– Yeah. Step it up, kids!
– So we were the end of an era. Man, we sound old AF.
– And, and this our job now. Well, people who are working in the summer time, it says, nearly a third, (Mhm.) of teens who have summer jobs, uh, last July, worked in accommodations and food services. So hotels, restaurants, (Mhm.) all that. 22% worked in retail. Ooh.
– And then 8.8 worked in arts recreation entertainment industry. Them child actors.
– I was gonna say, YouTubers. Ohhhh, (Yeah.) that makes sense.
– Yeah yeah yeah. I mean, technically. That falls in that category.
– Mhm. But today we thought we’d give you a little inspiration if you are one of the 20% of 16-17 year olds that has a summer job, to help you get through it, it might feel a little mundane, it might feel a little boring, it might feel tedious. And so we got, uh, some great advice for you to get through your summer job. Everybody knows, we love a good acronym. That’s what it’s called right?
– I was gonna say, maybe define that for them if they don’t know.
– You know the poem like in a cross stick where it would like be spelled this way? It would be like, ‘Mamrie, she’s marvellous, artistic, magnificent, really cool, interesting, exciting!
– [off camera laughter] Is this just your daily affirmation?
– [laughter] Yes. Exactly. We have one to inspire you and how you can do a good job, at your summer job.
– Yes. And the acronym is
– [together] GET PAID. So the ‘G’ in get paid stands for good attitude.
– Yeah you gotta come with a positive dispostion. (Mhm.) Because I feel like if you come in with a good attitude, (Yep.) like the day just goes faster. And you make more friends, and there’s more opportunities when you’re then one that’s like, doing a good job and being really positive, that your boss is gonna be like, ‘Hey, maybe you get a raise.’
– ‘You’ve got a nice ‘tude.’ ‘Would you like a molten chocolate cake?’ [high fives] The ‘E’ stands for everyone else is miserable too. Right. This is not a singular feeling. You might be feeling stuck, bummed, stressed, whatever. But just know that deep down, everyone else is feelin’ that same way,
– Right. except for the one that has the good attitude. I always think it’s fun to like, create games within like, your co-workers, (Oh.) just to make the time go faster. We’re changing the ‘G’ in the acronym (Games.) to Games.
– Games. The ‘T’, in get paid stands for taxes. Now we have done an episode on taxes (Yep.) and you have told your horror story about not putting taxes aside. Yes.
– If you guys aren’t having taxes taken out of your cheque, put it to the side, y’all! Yeah!
– April’s gonna come and you’re gonna feel like a fool. Yeah! Set yourself up for success! Don’t spend it all in one place. Unless it’s on our future merch.
– Yeah exactly. [laughs] ‘P’ in get paid is for party during your off hours! Life is about balance. Work hard, play hard. We’ve always said that.
– Yeah, exactly. Don’t *just* do your job and like, hermit out for the summer.
– Right. You should reward yourself.
– Don’t forget it’s still summer time. The ‘A’ in get paid stands for, ask for what you want. Now I think this is a lesson just with jobs across the board.
– In life. Yeah. Don’t be afraid to ask for certain things. If you feel like you’re working your ass off, also ‘A’. Uh, then you should feel comfortable asking for a raise. Mamrie: If you’ve been doing a good job.
Grace: Even just presenting the question. Exactly. Don’t be scared to go, ‘Hey, look, I know I’ve been cleaning the popcorn machine. (Mhm.) But I really feel like I could be in the ticket booth. Where there’s a lot less coconut grease, staining my body the *whole* summer. Say that verbatim to your boss (Verbatim.) wherever you work. No matter what job it is
– No matter what job you have, that’s the way that you approach your boss. ‘I’ in get paid, is for interesting. I’m literally just reading this (I know.) off of here. I’m like, wait a minute, what? The ‘I’ in interesting stands for, this is a time when you’re younger, this is just a part-time job. You’re not like, committing to your career. So maybe try something out of the box. Maybe, y’know, work in a place that might not be something you think you’re totally into yet.
– Right. Or that will be your career forever, but you find it interesting.
– I have other ‘I’s. Oh! Okay.
– Investigate. Intern. Oahhhh! I’ve never interned and it’s always been something I regretted, and I know you were like queen intern!
– Yeah, I had like six different internships while I was in undergrad. And it’s one of the greatest things you can do. Yes, most of the time you will not get paid. You’ll get college credit or school credit, but it gives you *so* much experience that you cannot get by being in class. Plus it gives you like the variety that you can do multiple internships in different areas, and then find out for yourself before you decide that you want to go into a certain area, that it’s not for you! Exactly. I know, I had so many friends who they interned, and then they changed their major.
– Yeah! ‘Cause they’re like, ‘I didn’t want to do this for a summer.’ (Yeah.) ‘I don’t want to do this the rest of my life.’ Right. You gotta go on a first date before you marry someone. Well, not according to one of our favourite shows. Married At First Sight.
– Oh yeah that one’s good.
– [Mamrie laughs] That one’s a good one. That one’s a good one. The ‘D’ in get paid (Finally.) stands for…dat hotty doh. I mean, there is nothing more fun than a summer fling. And also a work crush.
– Yeah. We say this all the time, that you just gotta have a work crush, not that it’s a serious thing, it just makes the day more fun! Yeah, just like a little make out here and there. Oh, that’s further than…
– [off camera laughter] Well, that seems like that’s unprofessional but–
– I think there’s levels to ‘dat hotty doh’.
– I was gonna say like just the fantasy of like, liking someone at work, not acting on it, like, cause that seems like that gets you fired… So we need you to get up there! Let’s bump up those percentages. Let’s get paid this summer. Grace, who do we have a gratitude problem with today?
– Today it comes from Instagram user VinnageLife. They said this might get sketchy, and they did this like, sketch!
– Ooh! That looks like it’s all, like, single lines.
– Wow. That’s amazing. That could be a cool neon. You love a good neon.
– I’m sorry that’s what I love.
– [Grace laughs] Thank you so much, VinnageLife! And remember, if you guys want to be featured in an upcoming gratitude problem segment, just tag us on all your social media. Any creative thing that you have that’s inspired by our show. #thismightget
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– Yeah, we’re a great pastime if you’re bored at your summer job. Get back to work!!
– [Grace laughs]