Should Your Teenager Pursue Part-Time Work?


  • Author Joes Murray
  • Published October 10, 2011
  • Word count 348

There are typically two types of employment opportunities for teenagers; part-time work or internships. Both have advantages and disadvantages depending on purpose of pursuing work. Part-time jobs are paid employment and can also be seasonal opportunities. Internships are usually unpaid and in a specific field of interest.

There are a number of factors your teenager should consider when deciding whether to take on a part-time job or pursue an internship. It’s important to get as much information as possible, so your teenager can make an informed decision. Encourage your teen to talk to their high school counselors about what type of work or internship they are seeking as they are a great resource for both types of activities.

If your teenager chooses to work part-time, many industries hire teenagers for after-school and weekend work to include: food service, retail, and office work and entertainment industries. This can be invaluable experience as they transition into the work force of the larger world. On the other hand, some teenagers find that participating in an internship can help further their career goals, or develop skills that they can use later.

Discuss the importance of school work and ensure that your teenager does not over commit to working too many hours. Generally, working more than 20 hours a week takes a toll not only on their physical heath, but on their academics. As well, balancing large amounts of school work, extracurricular activities and having a part-time job or internship can also make it difficult for students to have a active social life. Some sacrifices may be necessary.

Just having an opportunity to get some experience under their belt is another major benefit. It is a lot easier to secure another job when they have prior work experience. Additionally most universities will look favorably upon work history demonstrating responsibility and ability to multi-task.

The important thing is to encourage a gradual transition to work while your child is still in high school. This may be an anxious time, but its preparation and rehearsal for assimilating with the work force of the larger world.

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