I've been hanging out around the employment forums and I've noticed a lot of younger WHT users that are 15 - 17, offering their services... I myself, am only 19, yet considered a legal US adult. To most of you guys that are in there 30's - 50's, you probably consider me a "young buck" What are your thoughts about hiring the underage for simple script installs or coding a template for you? They seem to be a lot cheaper! Like comparing a yard sale to a company?
If they can do the job, I have no issue putting some spare change in their pockets. I had decent server administration skills at 17 and was providing administration services and doing a good job of it.
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I myself am young, above 18 though, but I tend to believe that you shouldnt judge there skills based on how old they are.
The only reason people do is because they lack experience of say a 40-50 year old individual.
But an 18 year older in my opinion should be given the opportunity to do what the older individuals can do.
Just because they are young doesnt mean they cant do what the more experience can do.
Certain jobs experience may be required such as server Admin probably.
Web Development/Design positions should not be judged based on age as that is something that an 18 year old can do just as well as a 40-50 year old.
I agree... I wouldn't hire anyone under the age of 18 for any server administration, just as a security risk as no matter what they sign agreeing not to disclose what I may have on my server for protection as an advantage to my competitor is not legally binding. The whole website development is another story... Have you seen the 15 year old Rachel and her slicing and coding abilities? There's also hammish who is I believe also 15, he has some of the cooler logos I have seen.
I wouldn't knowingly hire anyone under 18. Not worth the potential risk.
I wouldn't hire anyone under 18 for an remote position. For a local job though, find the right one and they can really help your business explode. They don't have that attitude of "it's just the way it's done", rather their newly-ness to working, can help expose inefficiencies and inject creative ideas that can add new product lines and develop new strategies to complete tasks.
That's the way I'm pretty much described by my boss when I go into meetings with people double my age. Usually they walk out with their hand on my shoulder saying something along the lines of "You know, you might just be me one day." (Direct quote from a former Bank One Vice President)
When I was 16, I started a job at a local restaurant doing some after school typing projects and what not.
After just 2 months on the job, I expanded my role at their company and began doing all their bookkeeping, accounts payable, cashouts, etc. I did that job better than anyone else she had hired previously.
It's not about age. It's about how well you can do the job.
I would only knowingly hire someone under 18 if that person would be working locally with supervision. And also only if that person has some rare quality to offer, since otherwise it's just safer and more sensible to work with adults.
It's actually been amazing to me how young most of the hosting industry is - I'd say the overwhelming majority of successful hosting entrepreneurs I've met are under 25 - even amongst some of the most successful companies.
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