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How long will I work on weekdays while still in school?

I am a sophomore and only 15 years old.This will be my first time working and wants to know how many hours would I work on weekdays.I will be working at McDonalds and still have to go to school.I feel that I need to work from 4-10 or 11 because I don't get out of school till 3:30.I know that it's not what I want their going give me the hours they want me to have.I just don't want to be leaving school early everyday.Could you help? #working #school

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Steve’s Answer


First of all, I wanted to let you know how impressive it is you are trying to balance school work and getting a job.

My suggestion is to continue to prioritize your education and yourself. So, take on a smaller amount of work hours at first if your personal circumstances allow. A lighter, initial work schedule will allow you to grow into the experience... and learn what you can balance. Then you can adjust to more hours accordingly. I am assuming your employer can offer you this flexibility. Maybe tell your employer that even though your work hours aren't initially what they need -- you will be the most reliable, hard working person on their team. Then show them they made the right decision. If they cannot be flexible, consider looking for one who will try and work with you.

I am still learning the lessons of time management and balance myself... so you are not alone! Best of luck on your journey.

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Samantha’s Answer


Working while in school can be stressful, but very rewarding. Since you are under the age of 18 I am pretty sure there are minor regulations you and your employer have to follow, like how late you are allowed to stay at night. So I doubt that you would be working that late! However, most jobs go off your schedule. The days and times that you are available to work are the days you should be scheduled for. I would recommend talking with your boss/hiring manager about what times they are going to want you to work. Make sure that you have some free time for yourself (as I mentioned before working and school can be stressful) and that you have time for your school work. Make sure that your job knows that your school needs to come first! Best of luck to you!