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