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Working during High School versus not working


Working during High School versus not working

            Working during high school means students balance their time to engage in income-earning activities. According to Walden University, "as long as students can get willing employers, high school students will always take up these jobs." Furthermore, almost 30% of students in high school get employed in a job for the school year or at least a portion of it. For the majority, taking up a job enables the ability to spend for social life, while for others, it's a necessary thing to sustain a living or save for college. Working during high school can consume much of students' studying time, but despite their similarities, a non-working student graduates a different student with more gains.

Both students require further education to advance their careers. Most students engage in low-income income-earning activities that entail little to no education.  Most employers, on the other hand, prefer employees with at least college diplomas or degrees to engage workers and pay reasonable wages (Monahan et al. 100). Thus all high school students will still need tertiary learning to have a profession.

Both students are required to attend their classes in totality. High schools are generally rigorous on lesson attendance; failure might lead to no graduation. This need forces working students to schedule their jobs after classes. At the end of the day, all the students attend classes.

Working students can learn time management skills when they balance between classes and jobs, while non-working students can get it from the classroom and co-curricular activities. While working students boast so much on their balancing as a way sharpening their time management skill, this can be stressful instead of an advantage since the school's programs are designed to instill such features on students by involving students in timed lessons, co-curricular, exams, and all activities in a school setting.

Work experience recipient is not defined by engaging in part-time jobs during high school. Most high school students undertake petty jobs that add no value in terms of work experience to their profession. While this is an important thing to gain in schools, universities and colleges have a way to incorporate it to all the students through industrial attachments.

Working students have reduced study time compared to non-working ones. According to Walden University, working students have to attend work after school while failing to miss their classes without. The primary goal of being in school is to get the most of it as the syllabus is designed to give students all the necessary skills required in future job markets. This, therefore, outweighs the skills gained while having an after-school job and failing to get the most of the syllabus.

Working students are more stressed compared to non-working students. Too many hours of work may lead to the students stressing out rather than feeling satisfied. Most of the students go for the after-school jobs to afford their social life and be happy (Singh, 135); working ends up taking the majority of their time that they end up lacking time to spend.

A non-working student has time to participate in co-curriculum activities such as sports and drama. A working student, on the other hand, has less time to engage in such activities or is too tired to commit fully. Co-curricular is part of learning developments and therefore installed in high school syllabus purposeful (Singh, 135). Thus a working student misses the high school experience in its totality.

There is an increased risk of substance abuse in working students. Monahan et al., in their studies, found that working students are at a higher risk of engaging in drugs and alcohol than non-working working ones (96-112). This poor choice is fueled by the extra money received and the added responsibilities.

In conclusion, some of the key things to pick are that the primary goal of attending a high school is to complete its syllabuses and grasp as much as possible. The learning process is designed to equip the learner with all the necessary skills to cope with any working environment. Therefore as much as working while studying has many pros similar to non-working students, it deserves it is different from a non-working student. One of the key differences is a non-working student is able to concentrate fully on the school syllabus, thereby graduate a better-molded person for the job market than a student who could not practically achieve maximum concentration due to other insignificant benefits coming with after school jobs.







Works Cited

Monahan, Kathryn C., Joanna M. Lee, and Laurence Steinberg. "Revisiting the impact of partā€time work on adolescent adjustment: Distinguishing between selection and socialization using propensity score matching." Child development 82.1 (2017): 96-112.

Singh, Kusum. "Part-time employment in high school and its effect on academic achievement." The Journal of Educational Research 91.3 (2018): 131-139.

VanDuzer, Todd. "Working in High School: Pros and Cons You Need to Know." Student Tutor, 9 Feb. 2021,

Walden University. "Pros-and-Cons-of-Working-a-Job-in-High-School." Walden University, Walden University, 26 Feb. 2021,


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