Working while going to school.

@Lore2009 (7388)
United States
September 11, 2010 5:45pm CST
The first job I had was when I barely turned 16. I had a part time job at a super market when I was still in high school. My grades went down after that... do you think it's important to get a job in high school or after you are completely done with your college/university years? Did you have a job during school or did you wait until you graduated with a degree?
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@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
11 Sep 10
I also started working while in High school. I worked Thursday and Friday evening after school and Saturday all day at a fruit market. Sometimes I also worked Sundays. My grades were always high as I paid rapt attention while in class and enjoyed school. It was also nice to have money to go put Saturday night, either to see a movie or to go dancing and also go to a restaurant for supper. It worked well for me as I became a hard worker.
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@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Sounds like it did really work well for you. I wish I had the interest I have now when I was in HS so I could have paid more attention in class.. but I guess better late then never.
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@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
14 Sep 10
Yes, it did! Selling fruits and vegetables gave me the background to a 40 year career as a salesman. I was able to provide for two children and two stepchildren. You are right, it's better late then never. Remember today is the first day of the rest of your life. I always find that inspiring.
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@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
15 Sep 10
That's a great quote, I like too.
• United States
12 Sep 10
As soon as I was strong enough to start the lawn mower I started my own lawn mowing business. I was about 12. I continued well into my high school years! Then I started a paper route when I was 15. By my junior year in high school I started working in a nursing home helping in the kitchen. I think working was really good for me. I learned a lot of work ethics and how to keep a job!
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Wow, you sound so ambitious. An entrepreneur at 12!? I think working is important too it does add a lot of experience to make you a better worker and person.
• United States
14 Sep 10
I did learn a lot of responsibility. I just thought I was making money to buy my own clothes! lol! I started a savings account at the bank though and always put money away each week. I paid for a swimming ticket at the first of the summer so I could swim all season and then bought clothes and saved. I of course had to buy my own gas and oil for the lawn mower...
• United States
12 Sep 10
I don't really recommend working while going to school, but if you have to, then go for it. Right now, I know that times are hard, and people need money, so the best thing to do is work, save some money aside for college, and save some aside of emergencies.
• United States
12 Sep 10
Oh, I have had several jobs while I was in college, and I do have a small nest egg in case of emergencies. Try to work as much as you can in high school and in college, but don't over work yourself.
• Vietnam
12 Sep 10
yes, I think a part time job is so great, it helps me a lot, I have a part time job at a supermarket too. In my opinion, part time job can develop my social skill, communication, and more confident.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Yes, I agree also. Thanks for sharing.
@Tyrillis (55)
• Australia
12 Sep 10
I think holding down a job while you're at school is definitely important because it teaches teens time management and money management. During teen years you have more energy than you ever will again in your life. Definitely a good time to learn about managing the stresses of everyday life.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Yes, I agree, we were more energetic then... we should work when we are younger and study when we're older, ahahaha.
@jhyan007 (467)
• Philippines
12 Sep 10
...i was a working student when i went to college..the only difference is that, i worked at school and was assigned in our student's affair department..i render time with that department to earn some allowance ( not really an income ) to support my everyday schooling needs...it's hard and i have to maintain my grades too since i am a scholar at the same time...at least i was able to cope with it and luckily from graduated college..
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Yes, it's a difficult juggle. But glad you made it through too!
• United States
12 Sep 10
I had a job when i was in school.my grades stayed good cause i knew that if they dropped, that my mom was going to kill me...lol. Im now older and have a 14 year old son that plays football. I told him that if he keeps his grades up while he is playing football that he wont have to get a job, but if his grade start to drop that it would be no more football and time to get a job what ever job that may be.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Sounds like a fair deal! Thanks for sharing.
@richard03 (133)
• Philippines
12 Sep 10
this is a hard situation, but if you really want to finish your studies, then you got to make this sacrifice, being a working student is hard, you have to budget your time, unlike other students who has parents or people to send them to school, you will have no time for extra activities, your routine would be house school and work. study hard men,godbless
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Yes, it's true. For some it can be a juggle.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
12 Sep 10
It all depends on your need to work. I worked when I was in college, because I needed the money to pay for my tuition fees. My parents did not have money to send me to college, they could only give me my monthly allowance for foods. I had to earn money to finance my tuition fees and buy books. In a way it did affected my grade, but I tried hard to maintain my position in number 1 rank (boasting here).
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Great job at keeping your position while adding a job. Thanks for your comment.
@yeyezz (196)
• China
12 Sep 10
hello,Lore2009.i got my first job when i am in my college.i didnt got the job in high school. getting the job in your spare time is important because it makes you have more experience in real world.whatever you do are all okay.when your grades went down,maybe you spent less time on it.you must properly deal with the time between the two.Good luck for you .
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Yes that is right, I couldn't manage it well then. Thanks for the comment.
• Bahamas
11 Sep 10
Hi Lore2009.. I worked all through high school. My parents could not afford to send me to college, and so i worked and saved. I think when we work while we are in school it prepares us for the real world.. and we know better what to expect....(and what we never want to do again in life)
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
I think so too, it helps us prepare and gives us a lot of knowledge and experience that schools cannot.
@jinjer168 (1599)
• Philippines
11 Sep 10
Hello! I think, there's nothing wrong with what you're doing, for as long as you could handle your job and your schooling well, then there's no problem about that. The problem lies, when you can't do studying and working at the same time and one of them suffers, then, that's the time that you should choose between the two. For me, its best that any one of us should learn the value of earning money at a young age just like you. Its an early training for any one that life is not that easy to live and so with the money, its not something that you could have in an instant. You must work for it to be able to have it. You're doing well, keep it up. Hardwork will pay its price, believe me. Good luck to you!
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Hi, great thanks for the encouragement. I agree, the experience we get from making money is very beneficial, maybe even more than grades in some cases.
• Canada
11 Sep 10
I think it's important to get a job in high school. Even if it's just in the summer, or even just on weekends. This is because it gives you something to put on your resume. When people are working AND going to school I think that alone will show you were a hard worker. If you apply places after you're finished with college/university and have no experience whatsoever, they are most likely going to call the person with experience. Grades are important, but as long as they are good enough to get into college/university it should be okay. I guess it also depends on what kind of classes the person is taking and if they have spares to do their homework on.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Sep 10
That's very true. I think working also gives a certain experience that you cannot obtain just from school... some people, if they're lucky may even get to a higher position without ever attending school.
• United States
23 Sep 10
I think it is hard to work and go to school at the same time. It's not that it's not possible but you have more time to focus on one thing or another and if it's school, more things to input in your brain rather than cramming it in after being tired from work. But sometimes you're in situations where you have to do both. I had a job during high school too under a production for music. It was hard for the long graveyard hours but it was more fun than not, and although I was tired, I learned and remembered more than I would prob if I was in school because it was something I love and had an interest for.
@maezee (33995)
• United States
13 Sep 10
I think for most of us - we HAVE to get jobs while in school. Like you, I started working when I was 16 and haven't stopped since. I have bills - the second I turned 16, got my license, got a car, etc - I found that I had TOO many expenses to live off of "babysitting money" and whatnot. For me, it was opposite. When I went to high school every day from about 8 am to 2 pm, and working from 3 to 7 every day (+ saturdays) I got almost all A's. It's do-able. I think teens need to not over-do it (I might have overdone it), and keep a balance of priorities to make it work.
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
Summer job can help if you want job in high school and it can never affect your grades and school participation. It is very important now a days to finish a college course to have more opportunity in job searching. A college degree open a variety of opportunities in the working force, giving a better chance for success
@fherfher (259)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
If your parents can fully support your studies and if you think that working while studying will really affect your grade. Then I suggest that wait until you graduated, so you can focus on your career. I also experienced working and studying at the same time. And its really hard. Very tiring and exhausting. I feel like not wanting to study my lesson after school. But i just bear in mind that i will fail if i didn't. Its a matter of how determine you are to make things possible. Good luck!!!
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
12 Sep 10
My parents drag their butts to send us all three kids to a reputable university as fulltime students. But when I was in college, I often wonder how it feels to earning your own money. Most of my classmates are doing fulltime jobs in the office so I decided to give it a try. Fortunately, I passed the written exams and interviews so I was hired in the accounting department of one of the big companies here in Manila. I was enjoying so much my financial freedom that I slowly not paying attention to my studies , then. My marks started to fall and some of my subjects I dropped or withdrew just to get to work fulltime. I became a fulltime day employee and a part time night student... My grandma who earned a reputable title told me that I must concentrate with my studies first while I am given that chance because it is so hard to work while studying. Either of the two, you need to give up in order to be productive in another.I did not listen to her until I realized it was so late for me to backout already... I'd not recommend having jobs and studying at the same time because you can never focus on both plus the risk of physical health getting sacrificed is also big. If you can afford to study without getting a job to support you, then, just study. Better to work later when you have already figured out what to do after school and you have already equipped yourself for a life outside school.
• United States
12 Sep 10
right now im a stay at home mom, but been looking for a job for almost about a year but had no luck yet..jobs our hard to come by now.
• Philippines
12 Sep 10
well for me its nothing wrong you are working student.. there are some other student too that eventhough they are working at same time too studying they are also an honor students.. maybe it just depend on how you really do on your studies..