Should High school students have part time jobs?
Should High school student have part time jobs, or should they focus on their studies? In the US 80% of all 11th and 12th grad students have a part time job or partime job. These jobs mostly include working at, restaurants, groceries stores, hotels, babysitting, pet sitting/ dog walker, etc… most of which pay minimum wage or slightly above. These jobs are usually done after school or on the weekends. This is why I believe that, high school students should have part time jobs or at least summer jobs, because it: teaches them how to manage their time, the value of money, prepares them for life after school, and allows them to save money for the future.
80% of students wheather in high school, college or online schooling have some form of part time job/ summer job, according to a poll conducted by Citigroup and Seventeen magazine. The survey also found that the average working high school student work 19 hours per week. This means that students are making just under $140 per week that they can either save for college, or spent with friends. This opportunity cost of teens having part time jobs is that they now have less time to focus on their schoolwork, but this is subsided since the average working high schooler has better time management skills and more responsibility that the average non working student. Based on a study done by “The National Center for Education”, Students only spend 4 hours per week on homework and studying. Not only that but the students with mostly undemanding classes maintain a GPA of 3.3 - 4.0.
The marginal cost of working one more hour per week means students will have 1 less hour to study, spend time with friends and family or enjoy other hobbies. The marginal benefit of working is not only the money the student makes, but also time management skills and responsibility. Since the student has less free time they will become better at maximizing the time that they do have. Which translates to not only doing better in the classroom but doing better in all aspects of life.
Not only is working good for the students but the economy as well, local businesses now have a large labor force to help their businesses grow and flourish. Restaurants, and other stores have used high school students for labor for decades. Especially since most places don’t pay high school student as highly compared to their full time employees, and since they can do the same job for a lot less money the business grows.
That is why high school students should have part time jobs.
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