Many high school students have part-time jobs. Whether it be working at a café or tutoring middle school students, working in high school can be a valuable experience. One can not only earn money but also learn essential long-term life skills.
One of the possible benefits of a high school job is learning time management skills. While time management is a crucial life skill that cannot be emphasized enough, many high school students do not know how to use their time wisely.
By handling multiple responsibilities – school, extracurricular activities, and work – one may be able to learn how to use their time efficiently. Instead of procrastinating, one will learn how to plan ahead and finish tasks in advance, which is a valuable skill at college and in the actual workforce.
“When I first started my part-time job, it was hectic,” said Kaitlyn Li, a Fremont resident, in an interview with JSR. “Amidst all the chaos, however, I truly learned how to balance my friends, school, and work.”
Another possible benefit of getting a part-time job is that one can experience personal growth and maturity. By dealing with real world situations, and learning how to communicate with various people in the workplace, one may grow responsibility.
“One’s relationship with their coworkers and their manager is totally different from that of my relationships in school,” added Li. “I had to learn to accept other people and to project my opinions clearly but politely.”
While one may work to save up money for college tuition or simply to earn spending money, the benefits of the experience can be invaluable. However, one should be able to balance work and their other aspects of life.