Is it worth getting a job as a teenager?

@Stegeo3 (199)
United States
October 8, 2008 7:25pm CST
My parents decided that they'd be fine without me getting a job until I reached adulthood. Sometimes I regret the time I wasted doing nothing, but the wages earned from part time jobs as a teenager are often petty compared to the wages people earn as adults. Do you personally think it's a good idea for teenagers to work?
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@echomonster (2227)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
9 Oct 08
I think it's nice to pick up some work experience and start saving when you're young if possible. Your wages won't be that great, true, but at least it's something -- look how many people on this forum (and most of us are adults) are trying quite hard to earn small amounts of cash online. Don't underestimate the work experience and contacts you can build up as a teen. While you probably won't be bragging about your teenage work experience if you become an established professional in some field later on, that experience might very well help you land your *next* job. The downside is if you work during the school year you may have a harder time keeping up at school. If you can sacrifice something else like socializing or hobbies to make time for work, then that's OK...but if you think work will take away your time and energy away from school you might want to try to only work during the summers.
@lafavorito (2966)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I think it is a good idea, teenagers will learn how to be responsible for themselves. They will know that it is not easy to earn money and will think twice before spending money on something they don't really need. If ever you'll decide to have a part-time job it will be best if you put the money in a savings account. You might also want to consider if you can handle the pressure of studying and working at the same time. Good luck.
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@joytang (43)
• Singapore
9 Oct 08
its a good idea to work pt during teenager years. so long as it do not interfere with your school work. u will be appreciative of your parents n learn how to save or rather think before u spend every cent cos to work is not easy. it's still better to be student:)
@Holv03 (535)
• United States
9 Oct 08
The best thing to do is to get a job as a teenager because that way whatever you make you could save it in the bank. I have worked since I was 16 years old and I really think it was the best thing I did because that way I had money saved up when I got to college and when you get to college you could continue working then you could actually have money in the bank once you graduate college and have a career line up for you. If you really think about it that way you could even end up having a lot of things that people might want and don't because they can't save so if you still live at home get a job and save some money it will help you out in the long run.
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@babyfuzz (1079)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
Yes, I think so. It's not always about the money. There are lots of things you will gain by working, as for this topic, as a teenager. First of all you will learn how to manage your time and your money. In short, you get to be responsible. Experience is the best teacher, so the stuff you can learn can not always come from school or just from somebody telling you. It's sometimes cool to learn it the hard way. When you graduate and look for a job, you will an edge because most of newly graduates are just starters and knows nothing how the real world works. It's not always about the diploma. Companies are after the skills and experiences of the jobseeker. You can look for part time jobs on the internet if you wish to work from home, or go out there in the world to work hands on. I say this because I started working/doing part time ever since elementary. When I was in grade 5 I help sell my mom's pastries to my friends, classmates and their mothers. I man our neighboors mini store. When I was 17 I started working in a fast food chain. (this sounds like a resumé) lol Anyway, I really had fun. And I can say I've grown matured and kind of independent. ^^v good luck
@babyfuzz (1079)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
edit: you will HAVE an edge
@bwaybaby (904)
• United States
9 Oct 08
My parents told me that I didn't need to get a job in high school, that my primary job was to be a student. In between my freshman and sophomore year of college, I wanted to get a summer job. I wanted to work at a bookstore, but since I had no work experience I wasn't hired there. I ended up working at McDonalds- not so much fun. :P My little sister had two jobs in high school. My advice- if you can take a part time job, then go for it. It's great to have your own money to spend and save.
@Stegeo3 (199)
• United States
10 Oct 08
Thanks for your advice. I'm probably going to be in a similar situation when I look for a job as a college student. Haha, let's hope not.
• United States
9 Oct 08
Yeah, it's a good idea if the job is close to home. Just take whatver money you earn and stick it in a bank CD, who knows maybe you could put a downpayment on a house with it when you reach adulthood.