CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte is looking out for you, as many young people launch their search for summer jobs.
According to experts, many students are being edged out by adults. They say, as the economy continues to recover, many adults are still looking for jobs, and that means students are taking a back seat.
In the past, many students were able to score part-time summer jobs in retail and the food industry.
However, as there are so many experienced adults out of work, many employers are choosing older workers instead of younger, less experienced students.
According to Randall Darnell with the Division of Workforce Solutions, "they have to push their energy, their willingness to work, despite their lack of experience they have to show their know how."
Erin Wells is a junior at Central Piedmont Community College. She also works in retail and says, it can be a very competitive field.
"I was interviewed at the same time with 12 other girls, and they only took two," she said.
As the countdown to summer begins, Wells says there's been an endless rotation of applicants.
"There have been a lot of people. Probably at least three a day that I've been at work that are like, hey, I need a job, are you hiring?"
According to Darnall, until the economy turns around for good, it will be a tough road for young workers, but not impossible.
Kelly Wells is also a student and has this advice for other young people, "try to do as much as you can, do sports, do clubs, do something."
Because the more things that you do at one time, that they can look at, that you can time manage, the better off you’re going to be."