Getting down and dirty

By Jessie Schirrick Posted April 16, 2014

High school is that time between your childhood and your adult life when you are faced with the reality that your parents will not take care of everything for you. One remedy that can soothe the pain is getting a job.

Getting a job while you’re still living at home is important because it teaches you how to communicate with adults in professional positions, teaches you to develop a good work ethic, and hopefully some organization. It also teaches you that hard work pays off. Granted most high school jobs pay only minimum wage, but that’s how you learn to manage your money, have a bank account, or how to pay taxes. One of the most important lessons you should learn before adulthood is the value of a dollar.

Let’s face it, high school jobs are usually pretty unfavorable and include disgusting and mundane tasks like mopping floors and cleaning restrooms, but that doesn’t exactly change after high school. You might as well accept that your first job is going to include some dirty work no matter how old you are, but if you start while you’re in high school you can gain experience and qualifications so you can get that raise or that promotion earlier.

Some may argue that they don’t have time between school, sports, and their social life for such a time-consuming venture as a job, but most employers know when they hire you that you won’t be available around the clock. That’s why most high school jobs are part-time, which means just a couple of times a week. If you do have other responsibilities you just need to let your boss know in a timely manner and they will probably be willing to work with your schedule.

Under all the filth and grime, high school jobs aren’t all that bad. You don’t have to dread going to work every day. If you start your day with a positive attitude, you’ll get a positive experience in return.