Breaking Bank and Books

Emily Dickerson

Getting a job-one of the big steps to growing up, but it’s not always as easy as it seems. From scheduling interviews to hours, there are many pros and cons to having a job during the school year.

As time goes on, it seems like it’s an expected duty for those in school who can drive to search for a job in order to earn some extra cash.

First step: land an interview. Not only can this be difficult at times, but it’s something that has to be sched­uled around school, and for some it must also be scheduled around extra­curricular activities.

Interviews can be stressful or a breeze. Imagine just sitting in school all day thinking about what to say, what to wear, and most important of all being on time.

Let’s not skip the discussion about being allowed to get a job. Some par­ents feel it would be in their child’s best interest to focus on school and to not to worry about working until they’re older.

However, this writer happens to think that it’s a great way to learn how to manage time, and money be­fore going into the “real world.”

A student is efficient before starting her shift at her after school job Emily Dickerson
A student is efficient before starting her shift at her after school job Emily Dickerson

Those in sports, marching band, or any other type of extracurricular/ outside-of-school activity may also worry about how to manage time for work. For example, senior and mem­ber of the Hanover Marching Hawks, senior Amanda Fales said,

“It really can be difficult some­times to work on top of school and band, but I enjoy that activity and I manage to make it work.”

That’s not to say anyone should drop what they enjoy just to work, but it truly is about time management and good scheduling.

Those who are able to land a job do have some benefits to their long exhausting days. Not only will it look good in a future resume for other em­ployers, they’ll also have some experi­ence in the part-time work field.

Along with those benefits, hav­ing some cash in pocket never hurts either and having a job and earning money truly does teach a person re­sponsibility.

While there are certainly more pros and cons than listed above; it’s definitely a personal choice for each student. They can base it on their school work load, outside activity times, or their personal schedule.

Starting a discussion with parents is the way to start opening up the world to getting a job, but it’s up to an individual; what are the pros and cons, and is it worth it to hold a job during the school year?


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