Are High School Jobs Worth Your Time?

By Staff

Is having a part time job in high school worth it? Yes, but not if you’re already swamped with extracurriculars. High school is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood, and for most people it’s a time without any taxing responsibilities. It’s important to remain stress free before the responsibilities start piling up, but it’s also important that you know how to handle them when they do come. 

Most people are involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs or volunteering for fun, college applications, and more. If all of your time is devoted to these activities, great, you would probably be better off without taking on a job. Chances are, if you’re committed to these, you already have a sense of responsibility. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the time you have (but this is coming from someone without top grades so do with that what you will). 

If you do find yourself with a bit of free time and underwhelming funds –everything always costs so much– invest your time in a job. Jobs provide benefits for all types of circumstances, including building experience, providing funds to support your family, teaching social skills, and more. 

Most part time jobs at this level require some sort of customer interaction, and we all know that customers are infamous for their bad judgment and harsh criticisms. But this can actually teach you how to be the exact opposite of them, helping you be more empathetic to others in the same position as you. It also teaches you how to manage unreasonable people– something that you’ll constantly encounter throughout your life– by teaching you how to be level headed in confrontational situations. 

Jobs give you time management skills. In most jobs, you are given a set of hours that you must show up for, or else you run the risk of being fired. This means that you must find a way to manage your time so that you don’t neglect your school work or social life, something you’ll definitely have to plan as an adult. 

You’ll also learn how to become a team player. Working with others is crucial to advancing in the world, and working with coworkers is like a test run. You’ll have to develop your communication skills which will apply to every other aspect of your life. You may also become friends with some of them, which makes working all the more palatable. 

But undoubtedly the best benefit of working is… the money. Why else do people show up to their jobs each and every day? If you were like me, you found out that you actually can’t afford everything you want to buy or do. Gasp! After being cut off from my parents’ seemingly unlimited funds, I found myself with a lot of free time, but no money to go out with. This led me to the realization that everything is expensive, and that the amount of money in my savings account wouldn’t do. If you play your cards right, a job can give you money to enjoy in the short term, and money to save with or invest with or whatever else, for the long term. 

Working in high school is worth your time because it not only teaches self-discipline and life skills, but gives you a way to earn money that could potentially play a role in the rest of your life. 

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