Future Voices: Part-time jobs for sixth formers - is it worth it?

Students might like the money they earn from part-time work, but is it really worth it?

Students might like the money they earn from part-time work, but is it really worth it? - Credit: Eastern Daily Press, Archant

I'm currently looking for a part-time job to do alongside studying for my A-levels. But should I worry about what effect it will have on my grades? Will it be worth it in the end? Is it even possible?

There are many reasons why the prospect of a job is important to the average, aspiring sixth-form student. When you reach 16, you begin to realise the significance of saving money, either for university, driving lessons or leisure. At this point in your life, your parents seem to be less willing to fund your desires and so maybe it's time to get an individual source of income.

You start to think you should probably begin to get experience in the working world to improve your chances of getting a better job. The only problem here is that in order to get your first job, many employers say that you need experience. This is a large flaw in the system.

Getting a job is important for many young people who want to go on to university. They will want to save some money for if they move away from home. Ideally they will want a job they can do at home and then transfer to the city where they go to university.

For some young people, the idea of working and studying is just not feasible. In order to have a good chance of getting a job, you must be willing to work quite a few evenings and weekends, or else you're not worth employing.


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Students are piled with the demands of homework, coursework, family life and social life and then they must fit in ten hours a week of work? Returning home at 4.30pm and needing to go to bed at 10.30pm, in order to get that healthy quota of sleep, doesn't leave much time for a great deal of activities.

AS students are told to put in one hour's work at home for every hour lesson at school. I had 20 lessons per week in Year 12. That means two hours of work a night (mostly excluding homework) and then 10 hours at the weekend. What about family, friends, extra-curricular activities and rest? And then a job?

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Many young people will be able to manage their time, prioritise their activities and balance their work/study relationship so that they can do both. But it is not possible for all young people.

Students have enough pressure on them to try to achieve high grades already, without the added pressure of finding, obtaining and maintaining a part-time job. Is it fair that some young people will have to sacrifice their grades in order to earn money to live?

Charlotte Wilson, 17, King's Lynn

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