Student jobs during school year: Pros and cons of working

Wake up, go to school, go to work, go home and go to bed.  That four day a week daily schedule doesn’t seem ideal to many. On the other hand, it can be really nice to have the money that an afterschool job provides. So the question that stands with many modern day high school students is simply “Is having a job during the school year really worth it?”

The Pros

  1. 1.  Having a job gives high school students  a sense of responsibility. When students have jobs, more often than not they begin to pay for more of their own things like gas, cell phone bills, or weekend entertainment. From this, they can learn how to use their money wisely and appreciate it. It can also teach good time management, which can be a significant life skill. “I have about two hours before I go to work to get things done. I get off at ten, so I can finish any schoolwork I have,” junior El Coyote host Nick Brune said.
  2. 2.  Spending a lot of time at a job can allow a student to get acquainted with a new group of people. These new people can turn into longtime friends and provide a fresh community to be a part of. “Everyone at Larosa’s is so nice. We are like one big family, and I have made new friends by working there, like Hunter Racer who’s a senior at Anderson. Right from the start we connected, and she makes going to work so much more fun,” senior Larosa’s hostess Emily Forsthoefel said.
  3. 3.  Often times, jobs during high school can even boost a student’s  resume for the post-college job search. Employers might consider it good experience, potentially bettering the chances of getting the job.

The Cons

  1. 1.  Juggling school, extracurricular activities, sports, a social life, and a job can become overwhelming. Balancing all of these responsibilities at once can cause a lot of unnecessary stress, especially for a teenager. If a teenager wants to excel in what they do, sometimes too many tasks can affect the amount of energy and effort put into them.
  2. 2.  If work becomes too much a part of their lives, teens may lose sight of what’s really important. Too much attention can be taken from friends, family, and schoolwork, and be given to jobs. Money’s not the most important thing in life, but sometimes jobs can put that idea in teens’ heads.
  3. 3.  Jobs have a tendency to take away some of the important aspects of the “high school experience.” Instead of supporting McNick in sporting events, volunteering with Service Club, or participating in McNick’s intramural leagues, students often end up missing out on a lot of it because of work schedules. “I work four days a week at Skyline, and two at The Kolache Factory, so I have to miss a lot of football games and going out with my friends. It’s not always the best, but I need the money to pay for my car,” senior Kaitlin Kenney said.

It’s ultimately up to the teenager to make his own call on whether or not having a job during the school year is something that’s important. In the end, it’s all about what’s valued and what’s worth the time and effort.

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