It is a rare occasion when you encounter a teenager who isn’t clamoring for money. Most high schoolers bleed green and take whatever action they can in order to obtain a couple bills, from gambling on a basketball game to swiping a one or two dollars from their mother’s purse. However, there are more honest manners of acquiring that sweet, sweet cash, such as getting a part-time job.
Students at this school have dozens of occupation opportunities, especially in such a diverse and abundant community like this one. With such an array of employment options, it’s no wonder that students are attempting to earn their checks this spring, since they’ll want enough dough before the upcoming summer break.
While making bank is an appealing aspect of getting a job, “education experts say part-time and after-school jobs play a far more pivotal role in the lives of young people… employment helps students stay on the path toward graduation,” according to pbs.org.
Having the responsibility of being a part of society allows students to experience real life situations while also learning more about how the community runs and operates. Sophomore Adriana Villatoro, who works part-time helping children learn how to play tennis, said, “I find having a job helpful to my understanding of what having a career in the future is like.”
Although after-school jobs are growing in popularity, one nagging issue that students have is where to start. It may seem simple enough to get a job but, in reality, there is a long process to determine employment availability. That’s why this school’s College/Career Center is a key location in order to figure out where to work. Coordinated by Lynda Hitchcock, the center provides resources that allow students to research possible job options. “Mostly it’s the college career center and it helps students find careers after they graduate,” Hitchcock said. “But, as far as after-school jobs, we receive job postings for available jobs. We also set up for job listings that come in and recruit for students. We actually have Smokey Glen Farm coming in this week.”
Students have countless jobs opportunities in this community, ranging from working with children to lifeguarding to being an assistant in an business office. Before applying for a job, students must possess a Maryland minor’s work permit. A student must be older than 14 years old to get one and the form is kept on file for three years. According to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website, there are four steps in order to properly fill out a work permit. “The minor applies for a permit online and prints permit, [then] the minor signs the permit, [next] the minor’s parent or guardian signs the permit [and finally] the employer signs the permit.”
An infinite number of reasons exist why getting a job can be crucial for a student’s success in and out of school, including receiving a consistent cash flow and being familiar with how a real life job operates.