It is important for kids to know that having a job is not just having a job when you’re in high school. Because your job takes a lot of your time, you have to manage it well in order to succeed in both places. If you don’t manage your time right, you could risk failing in school. If you do, they can take your work permit away. Another con is that some people start seeing money and thinking that it’s a lot of money. They end up not caring about school and putting all their attention into their job. It’s a lot of money for you if you aren’t paying your bills and you are living at home. I could waste all my money right now and it wouldn’t matter because I don’t have any bills waiting for me. A good thing about working for other people is that you see how hard it is to make the money. You tend to appreciate school more. You try to focus on school more so that you can get an easier job that is not backbreaking. At first, when I started working, I had been putting school to the back. I put work first. Even though I’ve been doing work, I’ve slacked on a lot of things. I left everything until the last minute. It wasn’t just putting the job first, it was that the job gave so many opportunities to go out, try new things and spend money. It gave me freedom to go out and spend money. My friends and I skipped school to go out to eat. Now I’ve been thinking about it more. My grades could have been better. I could have had more money saved up.
I like the structure of work. You have to be on time. You have to be on point. They don’t give you many chances, unlike school. If they have to keep talking to you, they’ll just fire you. If schools were like jobs and students got paid, then students would have close to perfect attendance. People would behave and be ready to learn. I would be the same person at work as I am at school: a better person.