A Student’s Part-Time Job Perils


When you turn sixteen, thoughts of getting a part-time job may enter your mind as the freedom of simply being able to buy a chocolate without having to beg money from Mum or Dad is something you wish to experience. Let me tell you however, of a few other side effects to getting a job as a teenager.

Your perception of money will change. Suddenly, a hundred pounds will not seem like a great amount to you once the initial euphoria of your first paycheck is over. You will realise that a hundred pounds is merely 16 hours of work and that it does not begin to cover the things your unleashed mind wishes to buy or save up for. (£9,000 tuition fees being a good example here.)

Although you will be able to pop to the shops and buy what you wish, anytime you ask your parents for some cash to buy something slightly more expensive expensive like a laptop or a bicycle, then the answer will be a flat “use your own money.” You can forget about them buying you a car for your birthday.

You will suddenly become the money pot for any younger siblings or even any of your parents who do not work. Unlike a bank though, you’ll just be handing out grants and not making any money yourself.

As soon as people hear you have a job, you will be inundated with ‘treat’ requests. Your cousins -even those much older than you- will tell you that they are waiting for you to take them out for a meal but of course you have every right to curtly respond with “you dudes can carry on waiting.”

These side-effects of getting a job are mostly from my own personal experience and you may have experienced the same. Of course, there are always exceptions as I was once left gobsmacked when a colleague told me that despite working, he still receives a great amount of weekly pocket money! When asked what he spends his wages on, he simply replied, “food.”

Despite these crazy things, I would still highly recommend getting a part-time job as a student. For some such as myself, it is a necessity as money is tight at home whereas for others it is optional. However, working as a student will teach you many skills that will help prepare you for life as well as build up that all important CV.

Until Next Time

A Worried Student

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23 thoughts on “A Student’s Part-Time Job Perils

  1. I started working part-time when I was 15 at a coffee shop. I experienced much of the same side effects. Suddenly all the stuff my parents usually bought me stopped coming and I had to pay for a lot myself. I definitely don’t miss those days, but it was a good experience and my first taste of freedom.

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  2. Part time jobs are hard to come across but great – you get an opportunity to meet so many people who you wouldn’t normally come into contact with! Got to have some means to fund teenage rebellion (or in my case gap year travelling). Where is it you work? Emma

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  3. Dunkin Donuts has been great to my kid. Started him at 15 and he’s worked there on and off for 6 years. He’s home on summer break now, at age 20 and probably working 1 more week, for the last time in this town. When he goes back to college in the fall, I am moving. Love your posts. He and I discuss many of the same realities almost daily when he’s home!

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  4. I know what it’s like having a job in high school. I had originally gotten my first job to fund my fare for the school choir’s trip to New York. It’s funny how when you’re actually saving up for something, that tiny pay-check seems even smaller. Now I have a car to pay off and I’m not sure what I can and can’t afford to buy as little treats each day.

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    • You have voiced my sentiments exactly! Suddenly what you are earning seems so small when compared to your goal.
      Working out a budget helps though which can sometimes be difficult if you feel that you need to save as much as possible in the shortest time.

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