Students juggle school and jobs


The Columbus Dispatch

Getting through high school is already stressful, but many students take on jobs to make the most out of their high school experience and/or support their families.

Despite the stress, nearly 20% of US high school students between ages 16-19 have taken on a job while also juggling school, but 25 years ago, that number was closer to 31%. (Statista)

Many teens who get a job do it to keep money in their pockets, while others like having a job to spend money on things like shoes, the newest video game, makeup, skincare or hair products. Some may even save up for a car and or for college.

Senior year is very expensive, with school dances, trips, graduation, pictures, outfits, and parties. Many families get a head start with the costs by saving up over the years, but sometimes that responsibility falls on the student, and putting aside money from a job can make it possible to enjoy more of the events.

Some students help their families out by getting a job and adding their paychecks to help offset the family’s expenses.

Although having a job and spending money sounds great, it can also be bittersweet. Jobs may keep student workers from school events, sports, hanging with friends or family, club activities, hobbies, free time, and other extracurricular activities.

Having a job while also juggling school requires good time management. Employed students may be scheduled to work after school, but still have an essay due the same night. Strategizing time and using breaks to finish assignments may be the best option because if grades dip, the work permit might be revoked or the parent might ask the student to put aside the job until their grades improve.

Those students who have the motivation to work while also managing to keep up with school deserve praise, but it might be difficult to find the time to share it with them since so much of their time will be spent on the clock.