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Would taking up a part-time job during the school year be too stressful on me? (Third-Year High School Student)

I am a student going into my third year of high school and was very interested in taking up a summer job to support my financial needs and wants. I was only looking for a part-time job that would last from July to August because I would be very busy in the start of the new school year (I participate in a Fall sport). Although I have applied to a local grocery store in the beginning of July, I never received a response, though a month has already passed. I am not looking to apply to another part-time job any sooner because it would only last me three weeks at the most, so I was wondering if taking up a part-time job during my junior year of high school would be smart. Of course there are other factors that play in my decision making. For example, junior year being the most important year of your high school career since the grades you get in that year (actual school grades, the SAT, ACT. etc.) are what is shown to the colleges you are applying to. Please help me decide whether or not I should have a part-time job while being a full-time high school student! #part-time-job

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Laura’s Answer

It's amazing how much one can accomplish once you're used to managing it. There are also some online ways to earn money that are reputable related to Marketing, provide some experience and offer flexibility. Obviously, don't sign up for anything that wants you to pay money up front :-) I've worked since I was 15 years old and went door-to-door knocking on doctor's offices until I got a job filing. I actually got the first one I knocked on and worked there part-time and full-time in the summers for 8 years. Good luck! Hard work always pays off eventually.

Thank you comment icon Hi Laura. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me. I think it's incredible that you started working at such a young age. What I am interested in is what kind of job you had since then? (What exactly did you do?) Karen
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Helen’s Answer

Personally I think part time jobs are great to gain some basic experience of working life and of course the extra money is nice, as long as it is spent in a sensible way :). However as its a critical year for you I would suggest not taking on a significant commitment. So maybe you could do some babysitting or earn some extra money by doing some extra chores. But once the school year ends I would encourage you to go find that job.

Thank you comment icon Hello Helen. I completely agree with your opinion. I think that putting my education and grades first is much more effective than trying to juggle many things at once, ultimately causing me a large amount of stress. Thanks for your input! Karen
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Simeon’s Answer

As long as you manage your hours correctly, I don't think a part-time job would be too stressful. For these things where you're on the fence, it's often easier to just try it and if it's too much, ask your employer to walk back the hours per week. For the summer, I'd recommend summer camp working for a couple of reasons. First, it gives you a fun adventures to go on during the summer. Second, you will likely receive certifications for lifeguarding and/or ropes course work that you can use outside of the summer for part time work as your schedule shifts around. Third, you have a great opportunity to get to know the other workers well as you'll be spending most of your time with one another. If you're looking to be successful, any kind of networking will be helpful for you.
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