By Bailey Witt, senior, and Damon Cody, senior

Getting a job during high school can build experience, self-reliance and responsibility early on in life. With the added money, it can make the teen years a lot more affordable with expenses like electronics, clothes or even a car if they save enough. It can teach money management.

Even if their parents can afford to pay for all this for their child, it can still make the individual feel a sense of accomplishment for earning it all on their own.

Joining the job market early in a low-skill environment can teach a teenager some basics as to how the job market can further the individual later in life when applying for more specialized jobs.

It can also teach balancing things like going to post-secondary school and holding a job at the same time, which would help a student pay for said post secondary education.

Teens can also establish connections that will help them when they compete for higher-level positions later on in life by allowing individuals to be used as references, possibly giving them a leg up on other people gunning for the same position.

Being employed can also be a productive use of free time and giving them adult supervision in the afternoons and evenings after school or during the weekends.

Keeping a job throughout school also allows teens to more easily hold down a job later in life allowing them to learn self-reliance and independence.

The actual act of searching for a part-time job can teach them many great skills that will help them find a more specialized job later in life by showing the process of filling out applications and creating resumes.

A part-time job could possibly spark some interest in future careers as they develop passions and responsibility for the job they participated in during school.

Teens also learn just how much impact they can have on said job and could even be a confidence booster, teaching them how capable they are, building confidence for future jobs.

Editor’s note: this is part of a series of columns by students in Mrs. Lile’s literature class that are looking to add to their writing resumes. Look for other columns from various members of the class throughout the rest of the school year. Comments can be directed to Lile at 507-498-3221 or