Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Young people (aged 16-19) should take paid part-time jobs.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Whether young people should be encouraged to take paid part-time jobs has always been a contentious issue. Some may argue that there are some hidden risks for minors to work, even on a part-time basis: they are students and the priority of their life at this stage is to focus on academic study, so a part-time job could well be a digression; security is another serious concern. However, all these issues could be addressed if there is proper restraint---they are permitted to work only 10 hours a week, and they are required to work in a place with government approval. Since the benefits of far outweigh the harms, I do suggest that young people (aged 16-19) should take paid part-time jobs.
To begin with, a paid part-time job is a source of income for young people aged 16 to 19, and this income could have some meanings of paramount importance. If his family is on a tight fiscal budget, then this sum of money could be a supplement to daily expenditure; if the financial condition is desirable, then the teenager could use the money made by himself to support his own interest, which is way more satisfactory than asking parents for pocket money. The experience of my sister Lily could be a vivid testament in this case. When she was 16, her father went bankrupt due to the 2008 financial turmoil, and her life witnessed a dramatic downturn. Used to be a princess who could have everything she wants, she then has to solve the basic problems of paying tuition fees, and finding subsidies for her meals. Fortunately, as she was raised in a bilingual environment, she found a part-time job as an English-Chinese translator, paid 150 yuan per hour. By working 10 hours a week, she successfully covered all necessary expenses on her own, without further troubling her parents. After the economic crisis, her family grew back on strength financially, and she did not have to take the burden herself; but she grew used to her part-time job, and with the payment from the company, she now could fulfill her interest of photography, buying her dream SLR camera, and wide-angle lens. Therefore, either way, the monetary reward of a part-time job could be a main reason why young people should not say no to.
On top of that, the process of moonlighting could equip teenagers with abilities that cannot be cultivated at school. On the one hand, they could master some really practical skills that would exponentially improve the quality of their daily life; on the other hand, they could sharpen their communication skills with people at different ages, thereby growing into adults with faster steps. For example, if a child works for a Chinese food restaurant, then he could learn how to wash dishes, how to mop the floor, how to select vegetables, how to handle meat, and probably, be familiar with at least the recipe of one or two Chinese food. If the boy’s performance is good, then the boss could let him take a cover for the cashier from time to time, then he would practice how to keep accounts. These are some real endeavors that could help him to lead a comfortable life later as he lives independently. Also, during his work, he could meet different people, and the way of talking to people of different ages and different background could be highly skillful. If he talks to a child, say less than 5, then he has to be extremely patient, and even uses some childish languages to make the little child feel comfortable and secure; if he talks to an elder, still, patience comes first, and the more repetition, the better; If he talks to someone with strong accents, then he could master some tricks in pronunciation in different regions; If he talks to a hooligan in-suspect, then he had better treat him with respect and prepare to ask for help from the boss or police. Based on the above discussion, the benefits of doing a part-time job manifest themselves.
In a nutshell, doing a paid part-time job is strongly recommended for young people.
1. moonlight n./v. 做兼职
2. economic turmoil/crisis/downturn 金融危机
3. SLR single lens reflex 单反相机