Many students tend to get jobs while still in high school. The legal working age is the age of 14 and that is also the age students normally are when starting their freshman year of high school. Since the working age is so young many students do get jobs while in high school, but is it beneficial for them? Plenty of students have outside school activities, school sports, clubs, etc. Students have to manage those activities, maintain good grades, keeping up on homework, and on top of that, some students get a job. There can be both positive and negative effects on working while in high school. Students learn time management, earning money for things they want, and a good work ethic.
It helps senior Kiara Wilson branch out and gets a taste of the real world things, “I have a job because it helps you to branch out and get a relizations of the real world, but also because I am responsible for paying my car insurance on a set date at the beginning of the month. Also, my parents wanted me to learn what having a good work ethic was like.”
There are also some negative effects on working while in high school also. Some of these things include, could not be getting enough sleep, don’t have time to do school work outside of school, having social life getting paused, and having stress levels can go up.
“At times it does get stressful depending on how busy the week is.” Senior Emily Moody states along with Wilson who also feels that working while in high school can be stressful but if you focus on working well and time management it does get easier. “Working can be stressful but, if you are focused on your goals it gets easier as time goes on. If you get too stressed while having a job, then you can ask to limit your hours or just quit because a job is not a requirement for High School, school and your mental health should always come before your work.”