If we want to get anywhere in life, if we want to make our aspiring dreams come true, then we need money. A part-time job at this age is a crucial step in finding our way in the real world.
With each paycheque comes more opportunities. It’s an amazing feeling to be rewarded for your hard work. For some, having a job can solidify their sense of independence.
However, juggling a job on top of student responsibilities can be difficult. A steady income can mean a lot for our freedom and journey into adulthood, but working late shifts after school while simultaneously trying to stay on track with schoolwork can build up some stress.
Depending on what you plan to do with your money and where you work, there are times when your job hours may feel like they're consuming your life. Things change once you take on the responsibilities of employment. It can be a tough transition from having a ton of free time, to working as much as possible to add to your savings.
Coming home finally after a long day of being on your feet as well as being in school for seven hours can be draining. It’s easy to get caught up in the business and lose focus on homework.
That’s not to say it’s not worth it though. Being employed can bring on a feeling of contribution and pride. We always have money in our pockets and with the right guidance, can plan for a future ahead.
In high school, we don’t necessarily have to work full time and burn ourselves out. Although the workload on both sides can seem overwhelming, we can utilize strategies we've learned in time management and self-care to handle our tasks and achieve our goals.
Macy How is a grade 12 student at Brooks Secondary School in Powell River.