Every Agonizing Struggle of Having a Part-Time Job While Still in School

Part-time jobs are a rite of passage in high school.

While they sound like the most amazing opportunity ever, especially because they give you a chance to make some money, they're a pretty stressful part of life.

From not giving you any free time to forcing you to deal with rude customers, below are 14 struggles anyone with a part-time job while in school will understand:

1. Let's first mention how difficult it is to actually land a part-time gig. You have to fill out a ton of applications for various places only to hear back from one or two. Then you have to attend multiple interviews for the position and you may not even end up getting the job. It can take months before someone finally decides to hire you.

2. When you do get hired, you're elated. You're so proud that your hard work finally paid off and you couldn't be happier to be making some extra cash.

3. You begin your job all wide-eyed and busy-tailed, but quickly become jaded due to nature of your job. Working will do that to you.

Judy Hopps on her first day on the job in Disney's Zootopia

(Zootopia via Walt Disney Pictures)

4. The biggest payoff of having a job is, well, getting paid. But the worst is when your paycheck is way less than usual because you didn't work as many hours.

5. You also rarely ever have time to spend any of your paycheck, because you're either at school or at work. At least you can save that money for something of importance, like, say, a car?

6. Speaking of no time, good luck trying to have a social life while juggling your job and school work. You can never go out because you have way too much on your plate.

Rachel Leigh Cook in She's All That

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7. Even trying to manage having a job and going to school is difficult enough. For some reason, your job doesn't seem to understand that you also attend school, so they'll schedule you whenever they want, leaving you very little time to do your homework and various school projects. Late nights become all too common.

8. And when you think you'll be free on weekends to do whatever you want, you're most definitely wrong. Weekends are when you work the most, so any time to yourself is out of the question.

9. When you do get a day off, you usually spend it catching up on all the sleep your missed out on or getting ahead on your school work.

Aria Montgomery studying in her bed on Pretty Little Liars

(Pretty Little Liars via Freeform)

10. Somehow your parents can't seem to understand why you're so tired and irritated all the time. Sorry you're busy working and trying to maintain a stellar GPA only to please them.

11. Just like in school, there are always going to be people who irritate you at work. Chances are you'll be stuck working with them a lot. Isn't it funny how that plays out? At least you'll learn how to better hide your dislike for others.

12. Your boss is generally never nice. They may act super chill at first, but they will soon show their true colors and you'll quickly realize they're a total jerk. But you still try to get on their good side, because it'll only help you in the long run.

Gabriella Montez working as a lifeguard in High School Musical 2

(High School Musical 2 via Disney Channel)

13. The most embarrassing thing is when people from your school stop by your work. It's so, so awkward, especially because you have to pretend like your job is the greatest thing in the whole wide world when it really makes you want to tear your hair out.

14. Your friends will always try to pressure you into getting them a job where you work, mainly because their parents are forcing them to get one, too. You got that job through hard work, so you feel slimy pushing your friend on your boss, but you do it because you love them. And because you know working with them would make the days that much better.


If these struggles didn't scare you off and you still want a job, HERE are the best part-time gigs to consider while in school.