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High school students should have the choice of a part-time job

posted May 10, 2016, 9:21 AM by Melissa Chaffin

In today's world, many high school students have jobs to support their families or to save up for their future plans. Having a job not only earns students money, but it also teaches them many life skills. Learning to manage time and to use it well is a skill that many students don’t learn until they’re in college or in their actual careers.

Going to school and then to work straight after means staying up late to complete homework. It’s possible that students can overcommit themselves out of desire to make more money or because they have not made up their work schedule correctly to fit around their school schedule. According to Concordia Online Education, experts have found that students who work 15 to 20 hours a week see a decrease in academic performances. Teens shouldn’t overwork themselves or spend their studying and sleeping time working late hours.

Despite all the cons, having a job while still in school can give students useful skills they can use in their future. Jobs give you exposure to fields that you may be interested in. Working also enables students to understand how fields you’re interested in operate on a day-to-day basis and what those careers demand in terms of education, skill, and time commitment.

I think students can have a part-time job if they know how to handle their time and be able to keep up their school work. In my experience, there will be late nights staying up trying to finish homework due the next day, but it’s worth the money.


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