My 18-year-old son has just entered college as a freshman. He has a workstudy as part of his scholarship and he has been hesitant following up on job leads.
Beyond baby sitting a few kids in our neighborhood, he hasn't really worked most of his life. He shows interest, but is often hesitant to follow leads. He is an introvert, and finds it difficult to "push" for things. I have been teaching him that a "drive" is essential, and model my own life as an example, but it has not worked.
Now, I have told him to get a job on campus and use it to buy his textbooks and other needs (clothes, etc.) while in college. This is the least he can do. But so far, he hasn't secured any, and all excuses (office closed, waiting for a buddy to go with him, busy with classes) so far seem flimsy.
Here is what I plan to do. I will not buy his textbooks during the upcoming winter term. If he doesn't get a job within the next couple of weeks, he sure will be thrown out of his classes when classes resume in January, and he will have to drop out and look for a job to enable him purchase his books.
Is this a realistic approach, even if it has a potential of compromising his access to education? I will appreciate any other suggestions to get him to look for a job.