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By Hannah McGaughey

I have never had a conventional job. I once worked as a dancer for Parks Canada in show that was presented in the summer of 2010. For the past three years, I have spent my summers as a cabin leader at Camp Segunakadeck. I often find myself wondering what it would be like to have a part-time job.

Teenagers need money for a variety of reasons; activities, clothing, gas money, and, of course, education after high school. I have a great deal of friends with part-time jobs. From what I have heard, they seem to enjoy them. I doubt working is their favourite activity, but I have rarely heard anything negative about their work experiences. But part of me is curious as to how my friends with jobs do it all. They attend school for six hours a day, have homework, tests to study for, and social lives as well.

Being a student is a lot of work; and putting a job on top of it makes the task all the more difficult. For this reason, I think it is a wise decision for there to be guidelines that layout the amount of time a youth is allowed to work at a part-time job per week. As a person who likes keeping relatively busy, I realize how easy it is to get burnt-out without noticing it. By putting a cap on the amount of time an adolescent can work, there is a chance that there may just be some time for relaxation between school, work, and studying.

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  • Martin Van Letmework
    December 02, 2014 - 10:58

    Here's a crazy idea - why not just only choose to work fewer hours? If you want to work 25+ hours a week while in high school, all the power to you. Work experience is valuable and if you need the money to help your family, who is the government to tell you that you can't do that?

  • Sensible Parent
    October 07, 2014 - 17:54

    It is entirely appropriate to limit the number of hours a teen in high school can work. Education and health should be the priority. I would suggest 8-10 hours a week is a reasonable limit and should deliver any school age kid more than sufficient "pocket money".

  • workaholic
    September 13, 2014 - 09:49

    Are you out of your mind....aight!