Working as an adolescent


-Mya Dorsey a working student

Some teenagers obtain valuable work experiences while in school; they learn a sense of responsibility and independence. But some adolescents’ rates of depression and/or anxiety are on the rise while simultaneously having a job and going to school. Researchers state that having a job as a teen and trying to earn money helps one develop negative views of work itself. Also, entry into a negative or harsh work environment may encourage negative views of work. 


This would also depend greatly on the maturity level of the teenager and the type of job obtained. Teens that work ten hours or less a week seem to reap the benefits of employment. However, students that work 20 or more hours a week have a harder time in school. For example, they may have higher rates of absence in school, less school involvement, and less time for homework. And normally, adolescents may have a difficult time finding themselves when they start to transition from different areas of their life, such as school and friends, but having a job can make this transition even more challenging.


In conclusion, teens should monitor their school’s curriculum, activities, and their employment by how many hours they work and avoid work when you’re stressed. Psychologists believe adolescence should be a time of exploration–time to figure out who one is and what path they should follow. According to this, too much work may have severe opportunity costs with rejection to healthy identity formation.