For many years now, students have dreamed of being able to get their own jobs upon reaching the legal driving age. Although many parents have strong opinions about whether or not their children should work while they are still in high school, there are a few things that parents and teens should discuss together before the student tries to get a job.
How is the Student Doing in School?
Schoolwork is obviously much more important than a part-time job for kids who are in high school, so it is essential for the student and his or her parents to assess the teen’s grades first. For students who do well in their classes without having to spend too much time studying or doing homework, a part-time job a few days a week might not be a bad idea. For those who are already struggling, however, a job could only make them get farther behind in their studies.
Does the Student Play Sports?
High school sports typically involve a lot of hours of practice and participating in games and matches, which can leave kids feeling a bit stressed out and can already have an impact on schoolwork. Therefore, those who are actively playing sports in school might not have the time to dedicate to a part-time job.
Does the Teen Participate in Other Extracurricular Activities?
Sports aren’t the only extracurricular activities that can take up a lot of time in a student’s life. Students who are involved in activities like theatre, dance or band also often stay busy after school and might not have time to take on a job.
Is the Job Flexible?
If a teen is going to take on a job after school, it is important for the employer to understand that he or she is in school and needs to have a flexible schedule. This means that the child should not be asked to work during school hours, shouldn’t have to work late on school nights and should be able to ask for time off during exam weeks and other times when schoolwork might be affected.
For many teens, taking on a part-time job is a great way to make a little money, learn about the workforce and learn about responsibility and having a strong work ethic, but it is important to consider these things first before allowing a teen to take on a part-time job while still in high school.