Let’s take a look at part-time jobs for high school students from the perspective of a parent. A high school student having a part-time job after school can be important for many different reasons. We’ll take a look at some of those reasons here and it can help the parent to understand that working part-time jobs can actually be a part of the student’s education in life among other things.
The list goes on and on. There is one pitfall that may occur while a student is working part-time jobs, and that can only happen if it’s allowed to happen. That one pitfall is the student working too many hours and the grades being affected by those hours. Studies show that working in the neighborhood of 20 hours a week is just about right for a student of high school age. These same studies also show that working beyond 10:00pm on a school night can also affect grades adversely, but if we stay within certain parameters, the benefits are many.
It’s also important too, that as a parent of a student who is working a part-time job, that you stress to them the importance of some “me” time. Students can be susceptible to the same stress levels as an adult if they over-do it, and so relaxation time mixed in with the regular schedule will allow time for the student to wind down and relieve some stress. A well managed schedule will provide a happy and productive student that has a part-time job putting money in his or her pocket.