Today, it is not uncommon to see many adolescents working part-time as promoters or salespeople during school holidays. Parents are willing to allow their children to work part-time so that their children can spend their school holidays well without wasting time surfing the Internet and playing computer games. However, some parents do not allow their children to work part time because they have the fallacy of thinking that their children are not mature enough to work. In my opinion, I partially agree that teenagers should be able to work during school vacations because teenagers can earn their own pocket money, learn extensive work knowledge, and teenagers’ academic performance will be affected.
School vacations are defined as a period for students to rest and get away from the school routine. Whereas, work is known as physical or mental activities performed to fulfill the tasks and is rewarded in monetary terms. One of the points that I will highlight is that teenagers can earn pocket money by working during school holidays. For example, those who work as promoters in shopping malls can earn RM5 per hour as extra income. Thus, the burden on their parents can be reduced as teenagers do not need to ask their parents for pocket money for daily expenses. Teens can even save the money they earn from working to buy needed reference books and stationery. Therefore, parents need not worry about school fees as their children can pay for them on their own. Teenagers can also afford to buy things they crave, like phones, laptops, and shoes. In short, teens should be able to work during school vacations because of the extra income they can earn.
In addition, teenagers can acquire extensive knowledge by working during school holidays. This is because they will have the opportunity to get exposure to working life at a young age. Therefore, they will have more experience and know the ways of dealing with people from different social and financial backgrounds. They also know how to cooperate with other people to complete assigned tasks. Therefore, their social skills can be improved, a measuring stick to reach for the stars in their future jobs. They will be able to express their ideas clearly to their colleagues and supervisors. Teens can also learn ways to use time well, as they need to complete jobs assigned to them by their supervisors in a certain time. Thus, they will learn to be punctual. They will become more independent as they have to look for effective ways to solve whatever problems they face at work. In short, students’ knowledge can be expanded through work and therefore adolescents must work during their school holidays.
However, teens should not spend most of their school vacations working part-time because their academic performance may suffer. Teenagers should spend their school vacations attending more classes or seminars and doing more reviews. As a result, they can prepare for and perform better in their studies. On the contrary, if teenagers spend most of their time working, they will not have time for review and reference book exercises because teenagers who are tired after work cannot concentrate on their studies. Therefore, teens who miss their reviews during school breaks will have a hard time catching up on their studies when the next semester resumes. Your academic results will deteriorate due to lack of reviews. In short, teenagers should not work during school holidays as this disturbs their academic performance.
In conclusion, adolescents should be allowed to work during school holidays so that they can earn additional income and expand their knowledge. On the contrary, it is undeniable that working part-time during the school holidays can affect your academic performance. Therefore, adolescents must tirelessly strive to balance need and desire so that they can perform well academically.