Working while in high school is considered a rite of passage. Being employed over the summer and for some hours while attending school enables high school scholars to meet their schooling and social life expenses (Carnevale 11). Students can save their earnings for college and assist the family in meeting their needs. Therefore, having paying jobs while in high school helps students to learn time management skills, job know-how, earn money, and become independent, thus exploring career directions.
Part-time jobs for students help them to gain job skills. High school jobs assist learners in acquiring beneficial work experience. Workings during high school have definite risks, too, as learners lack enough time to study or even participate in extracurricular activities, thus reducing their GPAs (Should Students Hold Jobs While in High School). However, working while in school helps learners undergo the learning curve that teaches them how to interact with other workmates and manage time well (Carnevale 12). The learning curve helps students identify their mistakes earlier when the stakes are still low and correct them instead of later. Therefore, getting to know the working skills of being the best employee while still in high school will enable students to be outstanding workers in the future.
A working student receives payments for a job well done to cater to their personal needs. Although working students receive little earnings due to low-paying jobs, it helps them meet some essential life requirements. Working students can save half of their paycheck for college fees, although extra money can increase the chance of drug abuse (Carnevale 12). Performing well at the job and earning money enhance students’ skills and discipline in controlling and managing their finances, making learners ready for college and tomorrow’s life.
Time management skills are a challenging issue in job performance. Working students are likely to learn essential concepts and job requirements to make participation easier in the future. However, working during summer keeps students busy, limiting their free time to engage in risky behavior, thus reducing violent incidents, although they lack time to relax their minds for the following academic year (Should Students Hold Jobs While in High School).
While in jobs, workers are expected to manage their duties accordingly, and at the same time, the working students will be needed to balance their studies and employment. Hence, students can learn new skills on how to schedule their time, thus avoiding wasting time.
On the other hand, working while learning helps high school students acquire self-independence and rely less on parents and caregivers. Earning own money in life is the easiest way to learn and know how to manage everything, such as people, finances, and control emotions (Carnevale 12). Therefore, students who start working early or while in school can easily live on their own after school; hence, they can pay for rent and other bills. Therefore, balancing work and academics is essential to teach students to be responsible later in life.
Balancing work and studies among teens is essential for their future responsibilities and outperformance. Apart from making money for their personal needs, students learn general life skills while interacting will colleagues from diverse communities in the workplace. Students should be encouraged to start with summer jobs and be reminded to minimize the hours to balance their schedules well. Eventually, if the student will succeed in both learning and working, they will gain independence and be prepared for the awaiting future.
Carnevale, Anthony P., et al. Three educational pathways to good jobs: High school, middle skills, and bachelor’s degree. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2018. Web.
“Should Students Hold Jobs While in High School?” Walden University. 2021. Web.