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Why an After-School Job May Not Be the Best Way to Gain Experience

Why an After-School Job May Not Be the Best Way to Gain Experience
From Recruiter - August 6, 2017

A reader recently wrote to me with an interesting question. He was seeking advice on how his teenage daughter might find an after-school job. He wanted her to learn discipline and develop a strong work ethic, both great qualities for a young student to develop. Though I respect the after-school job as a method of gaining these qualities, I suggested to the reader an alternative path.

When I was in high school, I was also encouraged to find an after-school job. Where I lived, most of my options were in fast food. Although I could have made extra money this way, I decided to try something else. Ill be honest: It was a fairly controversial move at the time.

I made the decision not to take a job during high school. In order to do this, I committed to spending as little money as possible and to saving everything I could. This made my plan more feasible.

Then, I set out to use my spare time differently. I studied day and night to get the best grades I could. With my remaining free time, I looked for volunteer projects. I also founded a mentorship program at my high school for high risk third-graders. Nobody paid me for these projects, but they were investments in myself and in my community.These projects taught me about discipline and work ethic, just like a traditional job would have.

When it was time to apply to college, I had a wealth of experience that I could include on my applications. I had initiated a community project that made me stand out from other applicants. I gained real experience that I could include on my resume. This experience, along with my high marks, resulted in scholarship money I desperately needed.



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