Part Time Jobs for Teenagers – Good or Bad?
A chance for them to understand the importance of working and earning their own income and realising that money does not grow on trees.
I still believe this to a certain extent, but the trick is finding that happy medium between work life, school life and family life.
It has all become a bit of a struggle the past couple of weeks trying to find that balance. Miss 16 got her job last year when she was in year 10 and her school workload was just trickling along nicely.
Since moving into year 11 and 12 this year, and her second last year of school, her school workload has increased dramatically. There are assessment tasks, assignments and in class exams to contend with.
Despite telling her employers that she couldn’t work past 9pm due to school commitments, they still insisted on rostering her on until 10pm. Two nights last week this was the case, two late nights before school the next morning, it was just too much!
She has put rather high expectations on herself to achieve the marks she needs to do the course she wants.
In order to do this, the part time job might just have to take second place for a while.
Advantages of a Teen Part Time Job
- Makes them relatively self sufficient (financially speaking).
- Shopping Money!
- Teaches them a responsible work ethic.
- Makes them responsible in other areas of their lives.
- Teaches time management and organisational skills.
- Teaches them how to manage their own finances.
- Teaches them the value of money and that it certainly doesn’t grow on trees.
- Helps them develop life skills, communication and customer service skills.
- They can support their own ever increasing social lives.
- Much less time for family
- Has an impact on their social life, ironically the one that they can now afford.
- Can have an impact on their school work.
- Makes them overtired during the day and therefore can affect concentration at school
- Increases stress levels
- Some employers can take advantage of teen workers, they generally cost less to employ than older more mature workers and their inexperience in the workplace makes them an easy target for workplace bullying.
The trick is finding that school/home/work balance that enhances your teens life and enables them with important life skills and does not overtax them to the point that it affects all aspects of their lives.