Millicent Kelly, Eloise Maw and Madison Crispin serve up coffees at Bryson’s for their afternoon job.
Millicent Kelly, Eloise Maw and Madison Crispin serve up coffees at Bryson’s for their afternoon job. Shannon Newley

Students juggle school, work

EVERYONE remembers their first job but a recent study many school aged first-time workers were over doing it.

The study discovered working more than 15 hours a week while attending school had a negative impact on teens.

A third of school aged workers were found to be working 15 hours or more and the average time spent working for teens was 12.1 hours.

The same study found part-time work actually had a positive effect on teens – as long as it was in moderation.

Bryson’s Coffee Shop owner Lynne Bryson said she had a number of school-aged teens working for her, giving each one a small work load of about two afternoon shifts a week and rotating Saturdays.

“We do that so we can spread the work out amongst them,” she said.

“The idea is not to interrupt their school work.”

She said it was important to give them the opportunity to learn skills and help set them up for later in life.

Eloise Maw said she was in Year 11, had worked at Bryson’s for two years and loved it.

“It’s okay because I only do a couple of hours in the afternoons and some Saturdays,” she said.

Millicent Kelly said she was in Year 10 had been working at the coffee shop since the start of the year and played hockey on weekends.

“They are really considerate of the amount of work we do here,” she said.

“I definitely manage my time better, I just look ahead and plan, you can because of the rosters.”

Madison Crispin, also in Year 10, said she had been employed by Bryson’s for one year and juggled her part-time job with school, netball and squash but said her employers were really good with fitting in with her.

“You just have to plan in advance,” she said.

All of the girls said there were more positives to their part-time jobs than negatives.

“We are learning all about hospitality and other life skills that can be applied to anything,” Eloise said.

Millicent agreed her part-time job was setting her up for later in life.

“I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have a part-time job.

“It’s helped me learn a lot about communication.”

“It helps when you go off to university and want a part-time job,” she said.

The girls said most of their friends also had part-time jobs but they felt lucky to be working for an employer who understood school had to come first and in job where they finished by 5pm and did not have to do night shifts – leaving plenty of time to complete homework assignments.

The girls all said it was important not to take too much on.

Work/school balance

More than 15 hours of part-time work for teens attending school was found to have a negative impact.

Less than 15 hours of part-time work per week was found to have a positive effect.

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