Working teens can be a double-edged sword. Research shows that some teens may get lower grades and even get into trouble with drugs and alcohol as a result of after-school jobs, but for many, the benefits outweigh the potential risks. Building experience, self-reliance, and important skills are among some of the best benefits many teens see from part-time work, and they’re among the best reasons for teens to get an after-school job.
Read on, and we’ll discuss these benefits and more as we explore 12 great reasons teens should work while in school.
Working makes adolescent life more affordable.
Parents of teens today know how expensive it can be to have a teenager in the house: electronics, clothes, even a car can all add up to huge bills. Some families can afford these trappings of teen life, but not all can or want to pay for them. When teens take on a part time job, they are better able to contribute to the purchase of these fun teen expenses or completely fund them for themselves.
Earning money offers an opportunity for financial education.
Sure, kids can learn about personal finance from earning an allowance, but that’s small potatoes. When teens begin to earn their very own dollars, the real lesson begins. As they earn money and subsequently spend it, parents have the opportunity to teach their children about responsible money management. Contributing to car expenses and their college fund, creating a budget, and learning just how much things like food and gas cost are all lessons that are possible with a teen’s paycheck.
Teens build valuable work experience.
These days, the job market tends to favor those with experience over education. Although a college degree is still very valuable, it’s even more valuable when paired with a resume full of experience. Students who are able to work during their high school and college years are able to demonstrate this experience and build valuable entries on their resume. This experience also demonstrates that they are able to successfully balance work and education at the same time.
Teens can build connections through part-time work.
Another great way that part-time work benefits a teen’s resume? References. By working part time, teens can establish contacts with adult employers that can function as references and give recommendations in the future. These connections may even be able to offer future job opportunities once students are able to work at a higher level.
Students can contribute to their own college fund.
Obviously, teens love to spend their part-time earnings on fun stuff, but they can spend it responsibly, too. By saving all or part of their part-time earnings, students can make a major dent in their college expenses, taking a load off of their parents and avoiding costly student loans that can hinder post-graduate financial growth.
Work provides a constructive use for free time.
Kids who might otherwise be idle find something good to do in their hours after school. Employers offer a sort of adult supervision for teen workers, giving them a productive activity beyond their school work. Keeping teens busy, instead of idle, just might be key to keeping them out of trouble during the afternoon and evening.
Teen employment encourages a healthy transition to adulthood.
Holding down a job is an important stepping stone to adulthood. With a job, teens are able to better practice independence and self reliance. This is especially true for teens coming from a background of poverty, allowing them to find the opportunity to live a better life.
Working during school years teaches balance.
Although it’s true that holding down a job can interfere with school work, this strain is also an important lesson. Teens who work while still maintaining school learn about the struggles of an adult life full of responsibilities and have an opportunity to explore how they will balance all of their commitments as an adult. Learning this lesson while still under a watchful parental eye offers a great opportunity to explore when the stakes are not so high.
Teens who work may earn higher grades in school.
Another great part of the balancing lesson that comes along with teen work: better grades. Studies have shown that students who work 10 to 15 hours a week during the school year earn higher grades than students who don’t work at all. It’s likely that having a limited amount of time to get school work done encourages kids to actually do it rather than put it off and forget about it altogether.
Part-time job searching is a great exercise for future opportunities.
When an adult has trouble finding a job, it’s a big deal, but teens who struggle to find employment don’t have so much at stake. Conducting a job search as a teen is a great time to teach kids skills like filling out an application, writing a resume, and learning how to give a good interview. Mastering these skills at a young age can help teens to be better prepared when it’s time to find a career-launching job.
Part-time jobs may spark lifelong careers.
One would hope that a teen’s part time job as a dishwasher doesn’t turn out to be a career, but working small odd jobs as a teen can prove to be a career booster nonetheless. Teens who work in a restaurant in high school may be inspired to start their own dining establishment after college. Others might be turned on to a field they might not have considered before: a summer job at the local aquarium might spark an interest in marine biology.
Teen jobs build confidence.
As teens work at a part-time job, they learn just how capable they are, building confidence and self-reliance. This can help teens feel more independent, and develop a sense of responsibility as a young adult.
- #121-Apr-2010, 02:20
Should students do part-time job?Plz correct and comment on my essay. Thanks a lot !Before getting a good job, everyone needs to try many other jobs. The time when people take the “other jobs” is different for different individuals. To me, one of the best moments to try initial careers is student time. Indeed, this is the best period in human’s life to absorb knowledge and learn experience. For some reasons, I think students should take a part-time job.
Topic: Should students do part-time job?
For one thing, students taking a part-time job can get more experience for their future job. Actually, if a student manages to find a job that has things related to their lessons in school, they are lucky because they can apply what they learn in books to their tasks. Those who cannot find an appropriate job still benefit since they can have more experience dealing with circumstances that confuse them. The ability to respond to many kinds of circumstances is really important in any job, and taking a job when people are young turns them into skillful employees. For example, a student tutor can have chance to practice to be a teacher in future; students working as sale assistants not only know about the way to sell many products but also learn the method of managing and controlling the whole business from their bosses. So, taking a job beside studying is a good choice for the young to solidify their position in the future job.
In addition, when doing a part-time job, students can practice the lesson got from classes. Knowledge got from teachers is never enough. Students can only understand the meaning but they never understand the application of it. Students who study about economy can practice their knowledge by cooperating with a company. In this way, they can understand how managers calculate the net present value or how they can operate their companies to get bigger profit, or how they calculate the risks as well as the chances so that the companies can avoid encountering fiascoes. Another example, learning English with people who have the same nationality with you is never enough, and taking a job requiring a good demand of English can make it up, you can practice English with foreigners by working as a part-time tour guide, translator or interpreter. Knowing the application of the knowledge got from books is the most necessary part of studying, and a part-time job can help you in such case.
Finally, when doing a part-time job, students can earn money by their own so that they can grow up. Why can people grow up in this way? Students usually spend their parents’ money, they do not have to work hard so they hardly know its value. It’s not until they have to try their best that they set much value on their parents’ money and long-lasting effort to bring them up. When they have to work to earn money for themselves, they will sure find how difficult it is. Furthermore, young people have to deal with many awkward cases that require them to react quickly though sensibly to get the best result. Such environment of work does not allow youngsters to be childish, indeed, they need to grow up in their thought and their action to adapt to the world of adult and business.
To sum up, I can say that doing a part-time job does students good. They can get more experience for future job, practice the lesson got from classes and grow up. For the reasons I have mentioned, I am going to seek a job for my self and do it with all my best to grow out of my own ebullient thought and action.Newbie
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