New York Times: If a Teenager Lands a Summer Job, the Value is Lasting
"'Real work experience is being displaced by summer and travel programs,' said John Challenger, executive officer of the outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas. But he says he doesn’t think that is necessarily a good thing.
'A lot of kids are missing out by not learning what working is,' he said. They’re also missing the process of job hunting. Part of the experience is developing persistence and the all-important skills of shaking hands, answering questions clearly and looking someone in the eye."