Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

Cory Kunkel, Student Journalist

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






When looking at schoolwork, extracurricular activities, a social life, and other responsibilities, a student’s life can easily become hectic. So, should a student add to that by getting a job?

Everyone will have to work at some point in their lives; it’s a generally accepted truth. With that being said, several benefits can come from getting a head-start and beginning one’s working career at a younger age.

Positives

  • As a result of a student making their own money rather than borrowing from their parents, they will likely become more fiscally responsible and truly learn the value of a dollar.
  • If a student plans on attending college, they will need solid time management skills; working a job will help to build these.
  • Students can learn several real-world skills while employed, such as how to work as a team or how to interact with strangers. Not only this, but students can also discover what type of environment they’d like to work in for the future.
  • Colleges will value your work experience in the application process. Not everything can be learned in school, and colleges are always looking for well-rounded individuals. Work experience looks great on a college application.
  • Speaking of college, a job will help a student build up money to either help pay for college or to keep as spending money.

These are all great, but consequently, a job can easily cause a student to struggle.

Negatives

  • A student’s life can be stressful enough without the additional four to six hours at work. Balancing time spent at school, on extracurricular activities, on homework, and then a job can sometimes be too much to handle.
  • A job can distract one from their studies and potentially hurt their grades. As students near college, their grades become more and more important to maintain; why risk ruining them with a part-time job?
  • Part-time jobs typically pay at or just above minimum wage, so even though a student is making money, it typically is very little.

Junior Bayley Carter, who works a part-time job herself, said on the issue, “I think (working a job) is good because you make money for things like gas and eating out and going places with friends. It also makes you feel more independent. However, it can be draining, especially with homework and scheduling around other things.”

With all that being said, I personally believe that students should work a part-time job at some point as either a junior or a senior; however, this can vary depending on the student and how much time they have to spend. If one can handle the added responsibility, then I say go for it, but I also believe it is possible for a student to over-commit their time.

2 Comments

2 Responses to “Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?”

  1. Nick Brenner on October 16th, 2017 7:57 pm

    Where do these comments show up?

    [Reply]

    Nick Brenner Reply:

    ah

    [Reply]

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Inside BHS

    Saying Goodbye to Long-Time Staff

  • Inside BHS

    Love our site? Want to become part of our awesome newspaper staff? Apply today!

  • Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

    Student Life

    Tips for Driving During the Winter Months

  • Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

    Opinions

    My Ranking of All Eight Star Wars Movies

  • Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

    Sports

    Carson Wentz Out for the Season

  • Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

    Opinions

    New Technology in 2017

  • Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

    News

    Pearl Harbor 76 Years Later

  • Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

    Inside BHS

    Muse Machine Performance- 12/8/17

  • Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

    Inside BHS

    School Concerts on 12/11 and 12/12

  • Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?

    Sports

    Top Four Teams Set For College Football Playoffs

Should Students Work Part-Time Jobs in High School?