Should High School Students Have Part-Time Employment?

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A part-time job is a form of employment which requires employees to work fewer hours than their full-time colleagues. These employees are generally assigned less than 30 hours per week. This type of employment is most suitable for students, parents, pensioners and other workers who may not have sufficient time or commitment for a full-time career. This essay will discuss the issue - ‘Should high school students have part-time employment?’ It will enumerate the advantages of part-time employment with relevant examples to support the issue.

Employment is financially rewarding for both students and their parents when it is part-time. Students can earn money and develop saving skills to save up for entities they desire. A new car, clothing, gifts and daily essentials are some of the common assets students can purchase if they work part-time. Students can also help their parents to compensate family debts and help support their family. Having part-time employment is not only advantageous for students, but also their parents, as they can have a lesser burden monetarily. Parents will not have to stress over their child’s expenses as the children can pay themselves.

Working can help high school students learn important values and skills. Part-time jobs help students understand the values of hard work, independence and responsibilities. It teaches students to develop time management and organization skills as well as initiating mature and obedient behaviour. They will also learn to appreciate money and understand how hard it is to earn it. Understanding the value of money and experiencing the hard work will allow students to acknowledge and be more grateful for their parent’s hard work and sacrifices. Working also allows students to gain useful, desirable skills such as improving their communication, learning how to handle people, developing interview skills and employment skills.

Students will be further prepared for a rewarding future. They will obtain...
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