Nowadays college students or even high school students start to work at a younger age. Do you think that it is a positive or negative development?
Adults often regard their school years as the best time of their lives. However, mankind is apt to forget pain once it is passed. It was actually not easy to be a student, even more so nowadays. Skyrocketing tuition fees and slowing economy compel students to work harder and earlier.
It is a rather unsavory trend. Some students begin working part-time at the tender age of fourteen. Regardless of its legality, the job options can be reasonably expected. Most work as salespersons, which not only exhausts them physically, but also interferes with their study. Even for those under better working conditions, say private tutors, part-time jobs invariably rob them of their precious time.
However, be that as it may, I still regard this as a positive development. Some good must come out of our mental and physical exertions, provided that they are not excessive. By taking intellectually challenging jobs students learn to apply what they are taught in class to real life. Even pure manual work can cultivate students' hardiness, discipline and will power. Provided that competition is to get fiercer, they need to know what life is really like earlier rather than later, a taste of which can be got through working. In addition, these early working experiences are conducive to their future career. Part-time jobs often lead to internship and eventually to full-time employment. The work experience is valuable in itself. It teaches a person how to fit into an organization, how to work with others and how to deal with disgruntled customers. Working is often a most demanding yet rewarding experience.
Sooner or later, we have to fend for ourselves. So why wait until the last minute? Working on a part-time basis prepares us to step out of the Ivory Tower and into the real world.