Working a part-time, or even a full-time job, while attending high school can be very difficult. The stress of trying to make time to study and do homework is hard enough as it is, without adding the stress of work and scheduling. With this is mind, there are many things that one should consider before taking on an after school job.
The first thing that one should consider is where you are going to work. Many places have flexible hours, and are more then happy to hire students. While some will put you on as a part-time worker, but in truth you have full-time hours. Grocery stores and movie theaters are usually the best for students who want to work part-time.
Something else that should be considered is how much money one really needs. Most teenagers want to maximize their income as much as possible, where in truth all one really needs is enough to have fun with friends on the weekends. Students should take this into consideration. Instead of getting a part-time job outside of the home, students should sit down with their parents and come up with an allowance. Work out weekly chores that can be done, and this should give students enough “pocket money” to go out and have a good time.
Students should also consider their own work load at school. Many students who plan on attending post-secondary education tend to load up their courses, therefore having a mountain of homework every night. These students should definitely consider working around the house for some extra money.
Many parents will agree that working around the house is an easy and helpful way to earn some extra money. Students should focus on their studies at school and not worry about how they are going to get money for the movies or the mall.
With all that being said, students should think less about working after school and focus as much of their attention as they can on school. Talk to parents and neighbors and see what you can do for them for some extra cash. It will be easier then trying to work after school and students will than have more time for their own studies.