Students should work throughout high school. I think that working in high school can help teenagers to grow up and learn responsibility. It can teach them how to wisely use and manage their money for when they go out into the real world. It helps them to mature and to realize they need a job and an education to succeed in the real world. It may also help you to decide what type of business you want to get into in the future.
I believe that many high school students start to work because their parents are forcing them to. Almost all junior and senior students in high school are holding down a job either part or full time (Saltzman). At first they may not realize why their parents are telling them to do this. It helps them to grow up and to learn responsibility. Rosalie Hellman, mother of a teenage girl in high school says, “My husband and I feel that working instills a sense of responsibility and maturity that is as important as what Jennifer learns in the classroom” (Saltzman). They can eventually move out on their own and have to find a job to support themselves and possibly a family for the rest of their lives. I remember when I first had to get a job, and it wasn’t because I wanted to; it was because my parents wanted me to. I got my first job a few months after I turned sixteen and I never quite realized how much it helped me to grow up and take a lot more responsibility in my own life. If it weren’t for my parents forcing me to, I would not be in the position that I am now. I believe that I am more able to do a lot more things for myself and have much more independence. Although I am not fully supporting myself my job is what is helping me to be on my own more. I have learned a lot from working for my own money and beginning to support myself a lot more. I don’t think that many people realize how important a first job can be, or even how important starting to work at a young age can be. It can help more than we may know.
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