Most students who combine study and work pursue different goals: to earn money to pay for tuition, become financially independent, get experience, or try a different profession. When working, young people face various difficulties since not everyone can succeed in correctly distributing time between study and work (Sanchez‐Gelabert et al. 238). However, high school students can benefit from working to earn money when they know how to correctly prioritize work responsibilities and study.
The ability to cover tuition costs is, of course, a major incentive for those who work while studying. Without a source of income, students will return the money spent on the study only after a few years (Sanchez‐Gelabert et al. 237). However, there are more advantages of working while studying than only a source of income. Such students gain practical experience which will be a great advantage and one of the main criteria in their future career (Sanchez‐Gelabert et al. 239). Sometimes, a part-time job can even become a chance to find the right direction in the profession. This is an opportunity to try oneself in another industry and get the desired experience. If a student is a good and skillful worker, there is always a chance to continue working as an employee of a large company after graduating from university.
However, I agree that when combining study and work, students face various difficulties since not everyone succeeds in correctly distributing their time between study and work. The busy schedule can leave no time for rest, which negatively affects concentration, as well as health in general. Lack of free time makes the student’s life monotonous and can lead to depression. However, a part-time job can also become a hobby, and in this case, work can serve as a rest from the study, emotional relief, and a change of activity. Another argument against part-time jobs is that students receive small wages (Maquiling 362). However, it all depends on young people, their desire to combine work and study, skills, and abilities. Despite this disadvantage, it is worth considering that theory is inferior to practical experience.
Of course, finding a full-fledged job and combining it with the study is unlikely to succeed, but working part-time, doing an internship in a prestigious company, or working as a freelancer is beneficial for students (Maquiling 363). Even if a young person works at McDonald’s, as a waiter in a cafe, or a call center, he or she gains valuable life experience. Some kinds of jobs that are related to study help the student to master the profession and, in the case of compulsory practice, is an integral part of the course.
Distance learning is the most convenient option for combining work and study. The employer, as a rule, pays close attention to the student’s practical skills. Disagreements with the management may arise only if it is necessary to obtain study leave for the duration of exams (Maquiling 361). Some teachers welcome the student’s desire for financial independence while others may be categorically against the idea of combining study and work. However, no matter how opposed some educators can be, working while studying is a test of strength and ability to combine two important things.
Those students benefit from working while studying who manage their time, planning, and control the situation. Those who are honest and demanding of themselves succeed in both work and school. Such students can become valuable employees in the future since they acquire such qualities as stress resistance, communication skills, self-sufficiency, and responsibility. Young people learn to achieve the set goals and establish useful connections since any part-time job fosters discipline and the ability to calculate time, money, and energy.
Maquiling, Andrews P. “Working Students: Their Benefits, Challenges and Coping Mechanisms.” Social Science and Humanities Journal, 2018, pp. 358-369.
Sanchez‐Gelabert, Albert, Mijail Figueroa, and Marina Elias. “Working whilst Studying in Higher Education: The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Academic and Labour Market Success.” European Journal of Education, vol. 52, no. 2, 2017, pp. 232-245.