Advantages And Disadvantages Of School Work

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It seems like a good idea, working a couple of hours a night at the local grocery store earning some extra cash. Perhaps, you can also get some easy money by looking after the neighbour’s dog. Without a doubt, teenagers these days seem to be working everywhere. Even so, is the part-time teenage workforce sacrificing an education for extra spending money? The biggest disadvantage of students entering the workforce during their teenage years is the effect it has on their education. Studies show that working students achieve lower grades than students not in paid employment. At Junior Cert level working longer hours is related to lower Junior Cert exam grades; at Leaving Cert level any level of involvement in paid work contributes to lower exam grades. As well as that, student taking part time jobs are more likely to drop out of school than those that are not. Secondary school students have to be in school for five to six years. Those who choose to pursue a third level education after that are also studying full time. Schoolwork should be their top priority, as they need to aim to get the good grades needed for university and future careers. If students are spending precious hours each week working in a part-time job, that is bound to have a bad effect on their school work. Homework will be done poorly or not at all, and students who have worked until late in the evening will be too tired to learn well in school the next day. Besides the stress of school work, employers may
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