Student Jobs

Reported by: Elyza Greene

It is not uncommon for high school students to work an after school job or summer job. Having a job can help students gain work skills, and earn money that is useful later in their life, such as saving money for their college tuition or textbooks. The work experience is also great for college resumes, job applications, and experience gained from having a job so that teens know the value of hard work in their professions to come.

On the contrary, working a part time job during the week can impact a students’ grades in school. It can distract the students from their homework, or bring on extra stress to their already stressful school life, which is why it is important to find a balance between work and school, so that there is no unnecessary stress. After speaking with some students, I got some incite on what it’s like to have a job as a student, and whether or not students find it beneficial, or harmful.

Tyler Palm is a sophomore and is currently coaching boys gymnastics and young kids in ninja warrior classes at the Elmira Gymnastics Club. When asked how he thinks his job affects his school life, he said, “It definitely takes up a lot of the time I have to study, but I still make it manage.”

Erin Tucker is a senior and works two jobs: concessions at regal and as a group exercise instructor at the YMCA. After asking her about how she thinks having a job affects her school life, she stated, “It doesn’t affect my school life because I work out anyway, the only difference is I’m getting paid for it when I instruct. I get a couple classes a week and it really doesn’t get in the way of anything.”

Using data from the U.S. Department of Labor Blog on teen job trends, it is shown that the amount of students with jobs has actually decreased over the past 40 years and will continue to decline through the years. Between 2015 and 1979 the percent of student with jobs has decreased 23.6 percent. One reason this percentage is decreasing is the push for student to be in school. The majority of teenagers day is spent either in school or studying for school at home. There isn’t much room in the day to have a job.

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