Every new generation is faced with a completely new lifestyle which is way different than the kind their parents or grandparents had. One of the key changes for the current generation is that one of the most important fundamentals for them is personal independence. I am not saying that they have weaker family ties but they prefer being at least financially independent. The parents also encourage the younger generation to look for ways to earn while they are still at school so that they understand how the world works and become more proficient in the practical aspects of handling their own money.
Such a change in the society has in turn seen a change in the industrial scenario around the world. There are many jobs for 16 year olds available nowadays which were not considered suitable earlier. The rise of technology sector has given birth to a lot of knowledge based jobs for which candidates are considered suitable on the basis of their aptitudes rather than age or experience. Such jobs are a perfect fit for the young learners who are looking to gain experience and work based on the common sense skills that they have acquired at homes or their schools.