Many teenagers want a job in high school, because they are at the age of attaining larger responsibilities, driving, dating, and they want money to buy and go wherever they want. Before getting a job, you should plan how you’re going to balance your part-time job, schoolwork, and sport/clubs if necessary. If you don’t know who to talk to about handling this, speak to a counselor, teacher, or parent that has time and could help you figure out how to balance these activities. Technically, according to Alabama’s Child Labor Law, minors 16 to 18 years old who are enrolled in public or private school, may not work after 10 p.m. or before 5 a.m. on a night preceding a school day.
From experience, a job can teach you many things such as:
– Time management
– Handling Money
Be sure to have transportation. If for some reason you don’t have a way to work at all, or you’re going to be late, be sure to call in to work! It’s better to let your supervisor be aware that something has come up rather than not letting them know at all. Not letting he/she know makes the person in charge of you and yourself look bad and irresponsible.
1. Make a to-do list everyday; put the most important things at the top of the list first. Even if they’re things you dread to do, knock them out first. To brighten your list, add things that you want to do so that you’ll have things to look forward to. Reward yourself for getting everything done on your list for extra motivation.
2. Keep your work with you; by having your work with you, you may find yourself with extra time (on the bus/car ride or waiting for an appointment) you can get something done.
3. Don’t be afraid to say no; if your friend asks you to go to a movie one night but you have a test the next morning or have to work, don’t be afraid to tell that friend no. The movie isn’t going anywhere, and neither is the beach. Instead, find a time that works for both of you and go have fun then.
4. Find your productive time; are you a morning person or a night person? You’ll be more productive if you work when you’re at your best.
5. Create a dedicated study time; make a time that would be devoted only to studying or homework. Shut off the apps/phone and respond to the calls or texts when your work is finished. Don’t surf the Web just to surf it. Only use it for the work you’re doing at this time.
6. Make a budget for your time; figure out how much time you usually take to do each activity. By doing that, you can create a weekly schedule to follow. Also, determine how much free time you have left over. Don’t forget to schedule time to sit back and relax.
7. Do not get sidetracked; if you find yourself wasting time, stop, check your to-do-list and get back to the most important things. You should have free time to relax set for later, so don’t waste time doing nothing when there are important things to be done.
8. Get in a good night’s sleep; your brain needs rest to perform properly. If it’s getting late and it’s time to rest, list things that are unfinished for the next day and go to sleep. Never over-work yourself.
These things really do help juggle a lot of activities. I use these strategies myself. It’s good to be organized and productive.
Make the Right Choice
When searching for a job, make sure the jobs are ones that you would enjoy doing. Never pick a job over another just because one pays higher than the other. Having a job you enjoy is way better than having a job you hate even though it pays more. What’s the point of working somewhere that you dread going to and when you get there you feel like a slave? Is the money really worth it? Or would you give up the job for one you get paid a little less but you look forward to going each day and you have fun doing it?
Don’t be money hungry. It won’t get you anywhere.
Be organized. Be honest. Be ready. You can handle school and a job at the same time, but you have to be prepared to get all the work done.