6 Benefits Your Teen Will Gain from a Part-Time Job

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Even though most teens don't have the financial responsibility of mortgages, vacations, and health insurance to worry about, there are many potential benefits to teens having a part-time job. While some parents strongly urge their teen to get a job, other parents experience conflicted emotions about whether or not to allow their teen to get a job.

The research on adolescent employment has some mixed reviews.

While a job can be good for many teens, it’s not good for all teens. Some teens simply aren’t ready to handle the responsibilities of juggling employment with school and it can become detrimental to their education. While it’s important to consider the potential risks of employment, such as the possibility that it could interfere with your child’s education, it’s can also be helpful to review the potential benefits.

1. A Job can Increase Self-Confidence

A job can provide teens with new challenges that increase their self-confidence. Earning a pay check can show teens how their efforts can pay off in a tangible way as well. Learning new skills is a great way for teens to identify their strengths. Teens who struggle in school may excel in the workplace which can bolster their confidence as well.

2. Part-Time Work Provides Insight into a Future Career Path

Sometimes a teen’s first job can guide his future career path.

If a teen discovers that he has talent and skills that align with a particular line of work, he may choose to pursue a related career path. For other teens, a first job may help them identify exactly what they don’t want to do. If flipping burgers isn’t as fun as it looked, they may decide they have no interest in working in fast food in the future.

Sometimes a first job can motivate teens to further their education by attending college or learning a trade as well.

3. A Paycheck Offers Opportunity to Learn Money Management Skills

It is far easier and cheaper to learn financial lessons by making mistakes as a teen than as an adult. Sometimes it’s okay to let your teen face the natural consequences of overspending by allowing him to purchase something that might not be practical. It can be a good way to learn important life lessons that can teach your teen how to budget his pay check better in the future. Teens can also begin saving for their future by putting money away for college or to buy their first car.

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4. Work Delivers New Social Opportunities

While many workplaces can offer similar cliques, bullies and friends that school does, most daily interactions should be professional. Working with customers and fulfilling their needs, taking direction from managers and leading other employees offers a chance for teens to gain more opportunities to socialize with people outside of their immediate friends. Meeting new people can provide them with new social skills as well as a bigger view of the world.

5. Busy Teens Have Less Opportunity to Get Into Trouble

Teens may find it is easier to stay out of trouble with friends and late night activities if they have to go to work the next day. They may also find when they have to invest a lot of their time to going to work they are less likely to spend their money on trivial things. Working teens can use a job as a reason to avoid potentially problematic events or parties.

6. Work Teaches Responsibility

Some teens don't have a problem with responsibility, while others struggle to do their chores or complete their homework. Employers may be less forgiving of irresponsible behavior than parents or school.

Employers expect teens to arrive on time, behave professionally, and make healthy choices. Sometimes teens who struggle to behave responsibly in other areas of their lives are motivated to behave responsibly once they have jobs.

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