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abiseim | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:48 AM via web

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Should students work while they are in high school? 

shoul they work or not while they atend to school?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:08 PM (Answer #2)

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Many students work while attending school because they have little choice.  An adult student is likely to need the means of support a job provides.  It can be difficult to balance work and school, but it can certainly be done. 

The advantage of working while in school, especially high school, is the chance to learn time management.  Working will force a person to complete work ahead of schedule and learn to manage their time appropriately.  While it is difficult to learn balance, this is an important skill that will likely be necessary later in life. 

The disadvantage of working is the lack of time for focus on studies.  Working students might not be able to participate in as many extra curricular activities.  It may be difficult for them to find extra time for tutoring or other after school activities.  They may experience more stress with a difficult or time consuming project. 

Maintaining a job while attending school is not for everyone.  Someone who really needs to concentrate or take extra time to do well in school may find having a job is too difficult.  A self-motivated and well organized person may find it easier to balance work and school.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:06 AM (Answer #4)

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The first answer does not mention that one major benefit of working is the fact that you get some money of your own.  It may help your family out financially or it may simply be useful for you to learn about earning your own money and budgeting it.

But I agree that it's not for everyone.  Studies should come first and if you can't handle both, school must come first.

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:29 AM (Answer #5)

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Because my son did not have to work, my husband and I chose for him to not do so. He was in the top ten percent of his class and he played baseball and football. Now, during the summer, we wanted him to learn responsibility of earning his own money so we allowed him to get a summer job. My son was fortunate in not having to work. Many students do not have a choice, but if they do, I believe studies come first. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:43 AM (Answer #6)

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Some students can certainly handle it, but others can barely handle school.  Of course, some students don't have a choice.  They need to work to support their families.  This is becoming more and more common.  The problem is that school is time consuming, and most kids need to devote efforts to do well in school now so they can get better jobs later.

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mlsiasebs | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 3, 2012 at 4:07 AM (Answer #7)

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Another thing to consider is that having to work a few hours a week can actually push students into managing their time better.  They learn to plan for school work around their work and activity schedules.  The actual number of hours may vary for each student depending on their individual situation (class load, commute times, activities).  I worked in high school (usually just 1 day a week) around all my activities.  It was nice to have some money I earned myself and also was a great way to learn how to function in a work environment.  It made the transition to college easier when I was working 10-15 hours a week for work study.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 3, 2012 at 4:50 AM (Answer #8)

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I worked part-time after school and on weekends during high school and then during summers. I made excellent grades, had plenty of time for homework, and still found time to play baseball and have plenty of free time. Most importantly, I had money of my own to spend on things I wanted. It teaches children the value of a dollar and the responsibility of an honest day's work.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 3, 2012 at 6:17 AM (Answer #9)

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I think that as long as work does not interfere with studies, it can be a valuable life experience. I worked through senior school at weekends. It helped me learn important money management skills which many of my friends at University hadn't developed. Also, I was quite shy and working in a hotel gave me a lot more confidence in dealing with people - it proved to be invaluable experience for being a teacher!

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM (Answer #10)

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There is no one right or wrong answer to this question, as the above answers have demonstrated. Learning time management skills, money management and budgeting, and having the opportunity to learn how to relate to others as co-workers and as customers are all valuable learning experiences. However, completing classwork, having time for extracurricular activities, and preserving time for family and self is also important. Aside from those considerations, transportation and scheduling and other responsibilities also have to be taken into consideration.

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM (Answer #11)

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I do not support work for the students.
 The student interest in his studies.

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elekzy | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM (Answer #12)

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It all depends on the students schedule.

Should they work? Why not? If they have a good schedule that enables them to work, isee no reason why they shouldn't. If they are not comfortable and not interested, they shouldn't.

Some students need the cash....... it depends on them.

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wanderista | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 5, 2012 at 7:00 AM (Answer #13)

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This is a question that I'm facing now. I believe a want to work during your years of high school is a personal decision. I have chosen not to work because I'd like to focus on school; my academic work rather than building a financial income (after all, I have lots of years to come to focus on doing this). I also think school is enough work as it is. 6-7 hours of full on work (dismissing lunch and recess, and adding homework and studying times) each day, and still 2-3 hours on the weekend. It may not be as much as some full time jobs, but I think it is un-necessary to add an extra 1-3 hours of work onto these already large times. It can really limit the amount of enjoyment one gets, and can dismiss the childhood memories that one acquires.

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boblinger | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 7, 2012 at 2:16 AM (Answer #14)

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It al depends on the teen for some a job easy to handle on top of school. For others it is really hard. the only way to truly know is tolert them have a go at a job if they are finding it to hard to keep their good marks up whilst working then you can always suggest focausng more on school then work until they are older.

i am a teen and i found it a bit hard at first to keep the good marks up and work but i found having minimal hours at work helped alot. It is alot easier and i now have a feeling of independence of being able to buy stuff for myself and spend they money i earned on what i want.

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umi6683 | eNoter

Posted May 13, 2012 at 3:18 AM (Answer #15)

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It's not something that you've to do. some people take some part time work when they are studying at high school only to earn an extra pocket money; others take the job because they have no choice (they must do it because of the family financial situation). Personally, I think it's good that they start to take some part time job when they are still at shool; just to get a feel and experience how the working life is, also learn to take the responsibility of their own life.

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naari | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM (Answer #16)

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It depends upon the student that how he/she handles it .Its good if a student works part time without hampering the studies. It helps a student to be  self-sufficient , and value the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

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lpdisturbed1 | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM (Answer #17)

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I believe that unless they are forced or in desperate need to work in highschool then they should more concentrate on completing highschool and getting into a good college. In order to get the best education that they can so that when they finish there schooling they will be able to get the job that they want in order to fill the needs that they will have in the adult lives. 

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camickey | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM (Answer #18)

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I do have work after school. I find everything went good with school and work for myself. So it depends on people schdules and plans. I usually work during week and weekend. i have two other job during summer time too. I am in high school; sophomore. My grades are good enough. i do got plenty time to doing my home works. 

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destroyergeo1 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM (Answer #19)

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I think so. it gives teens a sense of responsibility. it also teaches them to save and spend their money on needed things. i know that wen i first started working i wasnt very responsible and money always burnt a hole in my pocket.  Now i am even more responsible and can manage my money a little better

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rockstarbuddy | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:45 AM (Answer #20)

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There is no one right or wrong answer to this question, as the above answers have demonstrated. Learning time management skills, money management and budgeting, and having the opportunity to learn how to relate to others as co-workers and as customers are all valuable learning experiences. However, completing classwork, having time for extracurricular activities, and preserving time for family and self is also important. Aside from those considerations, transportation and scheduling and other responsibilities also have to be taken into consideration.

absolutely right!

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