Summer is right around the corner and it might be time for high school students to start thinking about getting their first summer job.
Data from the 2011 U.S. Census shows that about 28 percent of high school students work part time for about 20 hours a week or less.
For high school student Abbie Gardner hard work is nothing new.
She started working at Rudy's when she was just 14 years old.
"I'm very blessed to have this experience at such a young age," Abbie said.
She said Her first job is giving her more than just a paycheck.
"I definitely think it's made me more social. I am more comfortable in social situations because of this job," Abbie explained.
High school senior Kianna Kalmes started working at Rudy's over a year ago.
"It teaches me hard work and responsibility and I really think that's going to carry over into the job I want to get into for the rest of my life," she said.
These young women seem to realize how the workplace is shaping their futures and their boss is appreciative.
"It gives them a chance to see what the other side is. You know, you sit at a restaurant and you have no idea what really goes on behind the scenes and it's much different than I think they anticipate," Gary Rudy, owner of the restaurant said.
Rudy said he hires high school students for a reason.
"It's their first job and it's kind of fun to teach people what it is to maybe make it in the business world."
It's a lesson he hopes to continue to teach and he has room for more this summer.
"Well we'll probably hire 10 more people this summer. And we're looking for cooks, inside people as well as roller skating car hops," Rudy said.
If you're looking to land that summer job, Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board has some advice.
"To start early now if they haven't already. We're nearing the end of April and there's no such thing as too early with these summer jobs," Bill Brockmiller, who works for the job center said.
So to all the new workers out there, take a chance, apply. Maybe we'll see you skating alongside Abbie and Kianna this summer.
If you or your high school need a little extra help with the job hunt, The Western Wisconsin Workplace Development Board offers plenty of resources.
They can help students build resumes and interview skills. For more information, call 608-789-5627.