Maintaining peace in the workplace with your bosses or co-workers is important, too. It’s important, while working, to pick your battles with the people you work with carefully. Even if some of your co-workers aren’t working as hard as you, or even if you think they’re purely slacking off, you should still avoid ragging on them too much to prevent tension while working around them. After all, most of the time you don’t have a choice in who you end up working with on things. Sometimes your boss will purposely make you work with someone he thinks you don’t like to try to make you two get along better. It’s also best to stay on the best terms you can in any way possible with your boss, since he chooses your hours and whether you get things such as raises. So, kissing up can sometimes be worth the humiliation it can bring.
Being strict on yourself is important if you plan on putting away money from your earnings as well. It can be tempting to go and blow a huge paycheck on something we feel that we need right away when we first see it. What I do is put away a percentage of my income every week I get my paycheck, just to keep things uniform and consistent. So aiming to put away a little more or less than half of your paycheck a week toward future large purchases is always a good idea. Once you get a large sum of money put away, I doubt you’ll want to spend it, though!
A new summer job can be scary and exciting, but it’s always important to remember that you can have both a job and a life. This is a balancing act that’ll have to maintained throughout life, so high school is a good time to get practicing, so, go fill out some applications!
Austin Czechowski is a rising junior at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. Would you like A Word of Advice from him? Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send him a letter to “Teen Talk: A Word of Advice,” C/O The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.