Money Talk With Slater

Making Money Across the Board

Reasons for Your Teen to Work (Part II)

Teens can build connections through part-time work

Another good way that part-time work benefits a teen’s resume? References. By working part-time, teens can get contacts with adult employers that can act as references and give recommendations in the future. These connections may even be able to provide future job opportunities.

Students can help with their own college fund

Having a job as a teen helps develop a work ethic.

Obviously, teens want to spend their part-time earnings on the fun stuff. But they must spend it responsibly as well. By saving all or some of their part-time earnings, teens can put a big dent in their college expenses, relieving a load off their parents and eliminating costly student loans that can halt post-graduate financial growth.

Work offers a constructive use for free time

Teens who might be bored find something good to do in their hours after school. Working offers adult supervision for teen workers, giving them a positive activity after school. Keeping teens busy, instead of just talking and texting on their cell phone, just might be vital in keeping them out of trouble in the afternoon and evening.

Teen employment fosters a healthy transition to adulthood

Having a job is a vital stepping stone to adulthood. With a job, teens are able to practice self-reliance and independence. This is very true for teens coming from a life of poverty, giving them a chance to have a better life.

Teens who work may earn higher grades in school

Another good part of the balancing lesson that comes along with teen work: better grades. Research has shown that students who work 10 to 15 hours a week during the school year get higher grades than students who don’t work at all. It’s probably having a limited amount of time to get school work done inspires teens to actually do it rather than put it off and forget about it.


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