The debate on whether teenagers should have part-times jobs in the evening and on the weekends is common in the society today. The situation presents both positive and negative sides. This paper seeks to explain the advantages associated with teenage part-time jobs. First, it is worth noting that there is lot of time in the weekends and sometimes in the evenings.
During this time, many teenagers may engage in unproductive activities, such as abusing drugs such as alcohol or other activities detrimental to their development. It is therefore critical to find them some work to do during this free time and earn some income. Secondly, the money they earn from such work is beneficial since it may help in improving their living standards.
Such reduces dependency of their parents and guardians. Thirdly, during work, the teenagers can gain critical skills. It is important to note that some skills can only be gained through work, and therefore, teenagers who engage themselves in work gain them early. Such skills are useful in future career aspirations and progression. Fourth, during work, the teenagers can create the much needed network. It is common that people interact during work and bond with each other.
Such friendships are very critical in the future advancement of one’s career. Those students with the networks have added advantage when they graduate from the colleges. The networks increase the chances of getting a job after school. Such a situation arises since those who had been working have the necessary experiences that the rest do not have (Mary Huser and Stephen Small, n.d.). It is, therefore, critical for all teenagers to participate in part-time jobs in the evening or during the weekends.
Mary Huser and Stephen Small (n.d). Teens and Employment. Retrieved on October 14, 2014 from http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/B3706-2.pdf