Compared to students in the 1980s, very few present-day students have jobs. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percent of students holding jobs is the lowest it’s been since they’ve started recording the data in 1948.
There are pros and cons to working a job while being a student. Some of the cons include running the risk of grades slipping, not getting enough sleep, adding on a lot of stress to an already stressful day, and the job negatively affecting one’s mental health.
Working at a job can have some advantages, though. Many feel that the pros tend to outweigh the cons. The pros include a feeling of contributing to society, appearing like one is determined and has perseverance in college applications, getting money to pay for said college, gaining experience for other jobs, and learning skills that one can use in real life.
While most people associate a high school job with minimum wage, some high paying jobs are actually available for students. For example, they could become a tutor, which on average pays thirty to forty dollars an hour. Other options include mowing lawns, which could pay forty to sixty dollars per lawn, becoming a babysitter, about thirteen dollars an hour, and a lifeguard, about nine dollars an hour.
Ninety percent of students in Helix didn’t have jobs at the end of last year. The one person surveyed that did hold a job, (the ten percent) works as a barista.
The responses to the next question varied only slightly. The question was, “What profession do you want to do as an adult?” Ten percent wanted to be a singer or actress, another 10% wanted to work with animals, 20% were undecided, 25% wanted to work as teachers, and 35% wanted to work in the medical field.
When asked, “What is the best summer job for a student?” 10% said that babysitting is a good idea, 25% responded that one can lifeguard, 35% suggested working in customer service, and 35% recommended working as a farm hand.
Twenty percent of students had held four or more jobs, 10% had three, another 10% had two, 40% had one, and 20% had none.
Students at Helix have worked in a variety of different jobs. Five percent stated that they dogsat, 10% have worked in customer service, 10% had been a lifeguard, 10% said they housesat, 30% said they had been a farmhand, and 30% said they had been a babysitter.
Getting a job is a great way to earn money, even as a student, and if one can balance the stress of everything to do with school, then they should get a part-time job, if not for the money, but for the experience. Often times, people are more willing to hire adults with experience than without, and having a job can teach people about how to handle their own money.