The Best After-School Jobs For Teenagers

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Advice For Parents Of Working Teens

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While there are many benefits to having your teen take on an after-school job, there are some pitfalls and precautions to be aware of.

  • No more than 20 hours a week. Research from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) found that teens who work more than 20 hours a week become less invested in their academics. Keep a teen’s work schedule to less than 20 hours a week.
  • Find safe working environments. Make sure your teenager doesn’t take a job that could put them in danger of physical injury or emotional trauma. Go to their place of work and vet it yourself. Make sure the establishment takes all necessary steps to keep employees safe, and make sure that the adults interact with your teen in an appropriate manner.
  • Be aware of child labor laws. It is important to research child labors laws in your state before finding a job for your teenager. There might be restrictions on the age at which a teen can work, and/or how many hours per week.
  • Don’t let it interfere with high school life. Make sure your teen’s job occupies a healthy space in their life. It shouldn’t become their main focus. They should still understand that academics is their top priority, and they should have time for a social life. The research out of NLM found that high school students who stay engaged in a social life and regular high school activities are more likely to attend a four-year college.
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