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Many high school students have worked a part-time job while attending school. Working a part-time job while going to school can take a toll on a student, depending on how many responsibilities they have.

There are numerous reasons why a teen chooses to get a job. They might be wanting to help support their families with the extra income, saving up for college or just wanting to have a little bit of extra spending money.

Nearly one in four high school students have part-time jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Having a part-time job while in high school definitely has its benefits. Learning many things, like how to manage multiple responsibilities at once, creating a good work ethic, how to manage time and how to budget their money are just a few skills they gain from working.

Although with the benefits, you will always have risks. Having late night homework, less sleep, less time with family and friends, and little to no time for extracurricular activities just to name a few.

According to The National Consumers League, experts have found that students who work more than 15 to 20 hours a week see a decrease in academic performance. There were federal laws put in place to avoid some of these problems, but some risks cannot be avoided. Students should definitely find a balance between school and work so they don’t take on more than they can handle.

Before a student applies for a job they should ask these questions:

  • Am I flexible and willing to make sacrifices?
  • Can I fit in work, maintain my grades and get enough sleep?
  • Will the job be flexible enough so I will be able to study when it is needed?

If a teen thinks they are ready for a job and still believes they will be able to manage the best of both worlds, a few jobs that are great for high school students would be working as a sales associate, restaurant staff member, babysitter or even being a tutor in subject they might excel.