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Having a Job in High School Can Help Your Teen for the Rest of Their Life

The ability to work hard is not something that comes naturally to most people. Work is a skill that must be taught, and the earlier you teach this principle to your kid(s) the better off they’ll be later in life. Here are five reasons why having a job in high school can help your teen for the rest of their life.

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  1. Teens Learn the Value of Money
  2. Too often our kids think that money grows on trees. Instead of letting this fantasy continue into their college years (and sometimes beyond!), it might be beneficial for them to start teaching them about the value of money at an early age.

    Financial responsibilities can start early, but high school is only a few years away from your child’s walk into real life. This is why exposing them to working environments during their high school years could be a great idea and a positive stepping stone into the near future.

    The hardships you personally go through to keep your family’s finances in good shape has a lot to do with your hard work. So exposing your teen to some work during high school can help them understand exactly what it means to have money and that it doesn’t come without hard work.

    Looking out for opportunities and teaching your teen about the importance of managing their money can be one of the most important financial lessons they have for the rest of their lives. Your involvement during this time is crucial to this and can very well help set them up for life.

  3. Teens Learn How to Work Hard
  4. Thanks to modern conveniences, hard work is not something that comes naturally to many teens. Yet, that doesn’t mean that yours won’t be oblivious to it.

    For many parents, it’s much easier to give kids what they want, rather than have to deal with the banter. As they grow, however, these kids tend to feel entitled and suffer a little more than they were ever prepared for, simply because they aren’t used to the concept of working for their money.

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    Having a job as a teenager helps teach the importance of hard work. It’s important to help them understand the American dream — that people rise and fall based on how hard they work. The sky is the limit, but they have to be willing to put in the work to get there.

  5. Teens Learn Commitment
  6. In today’s culture, it seems like younger generations are constantly seeking to be entertained. Teens move from one stimulating activity to another, until that activity is no longer exciting and entertaining. Help your teen learn that life is not all about being entertained, but developing life-long skills and traits that will help them grow into responsible, successful adults.

    Having a job during high school helps your teen learn to commit to something. It helps them learn and understand that they can’t just quit something when it gets too hard or they’re simply bored.

  7. Working as a Teen Promotes Success Later in Life
  8. Most people who are successful in life were taught at an early age the value of hard work. Take Tracy Rawle, for example, worked during his teen years, cleaning his family’s restaurant and bakery before he took off to school. This helped prepare him for the years that came.

    People who learn how to be diligent and hardworking at a young age often develop the necessary skills that help them prosper later in life.

  9. Teens Learn People Skills
  10. One skill that is quickly disappearing in today’s society is the ability to converse easily with others. Texting and social media has made verbal communication a skill of the past. Having a job will help teens to:

    • Learn to interact intellectually and politely with others
    • Learn the importance of team work

Overall, having a job as a teenager teaches critical communication skills. It goes beyond what is taught in high school, because for most people, interactive learning is the best way to move forward!

Don’t let your teen enter adulthood without the skills they need to succeed in the real world. Give them the gift of good communication skills, hard work, and learning the value of money by encouraging them to get the experiences they need to be better prepared for life outside of high school. Encourage them to get a job and help give them the motivation they need to get ahead in life.

Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.


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  • There’s a lot that goes into choosing to work in high school. I worked through high school because my girl friend was pregnant with our child but it meant giving up on a lot of other things. It’s got some perks but needs to be considered carefully.

  • I made my son start looking for a job when he turned 16 but he didn’t have any luck and then football season started but right after I made him start looking again. He applied at quite a few places but the last place he wanted to work was McDonald’s (because they are the busiest fast food restaurant in our area). When no one else called I made him apply at McDonald’s and when he turned his application in they hired him on the spot. He’s been there 3 months now and loves it. He can keep up with it fine and has made a lot of new friends. And the extra money is nice.

  • I think that all teens should try to have a job in high school. I got a job the day I turned 16 and it was the best decision I ever made!

  • There are many obstacles to teens obtaining employment. Finding reliable transportation is critical, and that can be difficult if the job is not close by and the teen’s parent(s) work.

  • I had a job in high school and I loved it! I had a little spending money and I was able to help out my grandparents that were raising me a little. It was one of the best times in my life and I worked with some of my friends! Good times!

  • I completely agree with this. I had a job all throughout high school and I actually loved my job. I think it’s great for kids to learn to work and get their own money.

  • I’m a huge believer in teenagers working through high school. I think it teaches them how to manage their time .. as well as their money. Plus .. there’s something about working with the public that builds character!

  • I fully agree with all that is written here! Working is a great way for children to learn all the above! Just be sure their job does not interfere with grades, and extracurricular activities as they are only kids once.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.