I believe that it is definitely a good idea for high school students to have a part-time job. This is because it teaches them responsibility, organization and time management in their lives. These three assets can become well polished with a part-time job throughout high school.
A part-time job is a great way to be responsible in your life. Most adults nowadays fall into the stereotype thinking that all teenagers do is get into trouble with drugs and sex. However, that is just something that the media portrays about how a teenager lives their life through reality TV, radio and video games. But the average teen that has a part-time job is a lot more responsible in their life by not taking part in substance abuse. Being able to have a part-time job is also a great way to always have money to buy anything you want as a teenager.
At the same time the teenagers that do take part in bad activities is because of the common disease known as boredom. This can easily be cured if high school students devote their time to a job, volunteering, religious activities or sports because it teaches them to be responsible and to make the right decisions in life. In the end, it helps students realize that they have saved up money for further education, a car or even for personal use.
Organization is the second asset that I believe can be attained when juggling school and a part-time job. I can personally say that I have friends that need to commit five hours a day after school for up to three days a week because that’s what their job requires. These people are the ones that have never heard about the word procrastination because of how well they are able to organize themselves. A student from high school that has a part-time job is not only organized in their job, but they are also organized in their school-related activities.
It’s important that academics should come first in life for a high school student. However, at the same time being able to stay organized and stay on task is an asset that will make you a star in a crowd. I don’t personally have a part-time job but I do volunteer from time to time which takes up time as well. So being able to juggle volunteering and school is what I would call organization as well.
Last but not least, time management that goes hand-in-hand with organization is a major asset. Managing time is being able to finish homework, studying for a test, doing a project, going to work and having fun in high school, too. Some parents would argue that you can get a job later and just focus on school for now. However, the feeling of earning your own money is next to nothing in this world. Also, volunteering for someone and seeing the expression of gratitude on their face makes my day.
In conclusion, I consider that a part-time job during high school is an amazing idea and I have the utmost respect for youth that are able to stay responsible, be organized and manage their time.
BY HARNOOR GILL
Grade 10 student
Christ The King Catholic Secondary