Should secondary school students take up part-time jobs?

These days, as the holidays roll around, many post-secondary school students take up part-time jobs in a bid to learn more about life in the real world. Some feel that this is a good measure as the students will learn to be more independent, start saving up for future investments and might get bored at home without a job. However, I feel that taking up a part-time job is not necessarily important as students might lose interest in their studies, they do not really learn financial independence and there is easily a lot of work to be done at home.

People feel that students these days are becoming more anti-social because they are always meddling about with their handphones and not socializing much. I agree with this point. Hence, they feel that these students should take up a part-time job as they will get to learn to be independent and will even improve on their social skills as they will be exposed to people when tackling customers. When students start earning their own money, they will be able to afford the things that they want.

Although I agree that this will make the students’ lives better, they might slowly start to lose interest in their studies. When money becomes tempting, students begging to forget their previous role as a student. Being a student, you were able to explore so many things with the knowledge they had absorbed. The same thing happened to me when I took up a part-time job at my Granddad’s restaurant. The money became tempting and all I could think of was how to make more money. I started putting in extra hours and decided to forgo preparing for secondary 5.

I would rather students stay home after exams and start preparing for the year ahead instead of working. The reason is that these days there is a lot of competition and if students are not well prepared enough, they will be trampled on and be left behind in class against students who do prepare for the year ahead adequately.

Some people argue that taking up part-time jobs is beneficial for students as they can start saving a small portion of their salary for future investments like an university education. They claim that this way students’ get to learn the fundamentals of financing.

I strongly disagree with this point. Students will not be able to save much out of their meager salary since most students end up working as a waiter or waitress and the hourly rate for these jobs is $5. They will need to pay for transportation and their own phone bills among other expenses out of their own pocket. Whatever they are left with is very little to survive. Even if they are left with something, they might or might not splurge it on a pair of sneakers or brand new headphones unless they have really good self-restraint.

Having a job might not teach these students to save as they have to pay for other necessities too. Some who totally do not have the habit of saving, would have blown away the money. Hence, having a job might not make students’ more independent and ‘adult-like’.

After exams, students’ days become empty as now they need not study, juggle CCA, family life and friendships. Hence, to keep themselves busy, people suggest taking on part-time jobs. This way they will not coop up at home and feel bored.

I strongly disagree that taking on a job will erase their boredom. There is easily a lot of work to be done at home. If they start on the chores at home, they will not be just sitting idle at home relying on a maid. If they do not have a maid, one should not expect their parents to come home exhausted from work and clean up after them. After all, we should have some responsibility too. Also, if there are not that many chores at home, they can enrol in classes like baking or dancing offered by the community club. These courses do not cost much and students get to learn a new skill.

Students should recognize that a job will not chase away boredom. Helping out at home and perhaps learning a new skill will make their family members proud of them.

There is absolutely no reason for students to take up jobs unless their family is not doing well financially. They should enjoy their roles as students and take on jobs later on in life.

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One thought on “Should secondary school students take up part-time jobs?

  1. just some comments:

    1. second para – not clear why you’ve lumped two separate issues together. That of financial independence (being able to buy what you want without getting money from parents), with the social aspect of getting a job. It makes the overall argument weak. No problem if you split into two separate paragraphs, which each look at ONE issue, and in depth. Rather than combining two unrelated issues.

    2. I think that points on the whole are relevant and mostly well thought out – however, your arguments are stuck at the ‘possible’ level. That is, you’re talking about what MIGHT happen – ie students might lose interest in studies (or they might not!). Or students might be able to save money for their future (or they might not!). There’s nothing wrong with this, BUT since EVERY argument talks only about what is POSSIBLE, then ANYTHING could happen, yes? Students could benefit, or they might not, from taking on a part time job. BUT since your argument is that they shouldn’t, then you need to do more to support your argument. Which will require you moving from what is POSSIBLE, to what is PROBABLE.

    What’s the difference? Well, what is possible, can literally be ANYTHING. BUT what is probable, depends on what evidence you can offer. For instance….Surveys have shown that while students who take on part time jobs CAN suffer from distractions from their schoolwork, on the whole, they TEND to do better in school because they’re more disciplined, and can multi task better.

    “Probable” requires you to provide evidence for your argument and show what is LIKELY to happen, based on studies/surveys/examples/newspaper reports etc, while “Possible” only needs you to CONSIDER the various things that MIGHT happen.

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