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December 11, 2017

Dear Faith: Do I have time for a part-time job while I'm in high school?

Faith says: That's a hard question to answer without knowing you a bit better! A lot will depend on your work habits, time management skills and course load. You'll have to keep in mind that your school work should always come first: in the long run, it will pay off to focus on your education now.

I would sit down with a parent, teacher and guidance counselor to go over your schedule. Figure out how much extra time you have in the week, and think about how you want to spend that time. Don't forget to allow for time for homework and extracurricular activities.

You should check out our article Part-Time Jobs for Students for some tips on finding jobs that work with a student's schedule. .

I hope this helps. Thanks for writing!