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Why I'm Not Going To Suck It Up And Get A Saturday Job

One of my friends told me that I needed to suck it up and get a job if I didn't want to be poor anymore. The thing is, I can suck it up all I like but that doesn't mean I'm going to go out of my way to get a job just to please someone.

With being a teenager comes the pressures of getting a job. You want the extra cash so you can buy new clothes, learn to drive and give yourself a bit of freedom. Everyone around you is doing it but that shouldn't mean that you have to. It's okay not to get a job, it's not a necessary requirement - yeah, it would be nice to have the money but where has this unwritten rule come from stating that all teenagers need a Saturday job?

When you turn 18, you're hit with a lot more responsibilities like paying board, university fees, possibly even getting a full-time job - so why not enjoy the time you've got in your teen years? That's how I see it anyway. My mum is not pressuring me to get a job just yet and I'm thankful she's not. I know this may not be the case for everyone so I cannot be thankful enough that she is understanding.

What is important to me is enjoying life and gaining the experience I need, in order to get to where I want to be in two years time. Believe it or not, but my life doesn't revolve around money. I feel like teenagers now-a-days think that money is the be all and end all - it's really not at this time in your life. I'd much sooner work for free in the job sector I want to go into rather than work for minimum wage in a cafe, because at the end of the day, that's what's going to help me when I go on to do what I want to do.

Peer pressure can be a god awful thing and I cannot count how many times people have told me to get a job - even my own family have. It can be tough having no money but what is worth more to me; new clothes or experience which is going to help me climb the job ladder in the future?

I'm a teenager, I'm allowed to complain about my lack of money just as much as the next person. Yes, I always expect some backlash but to be told to suck it up by a friend hit a soft spot. It pissed me off to say the least.

You're all aware that I go to college and with college come irregular hours. I can start my day at 1pm one week and the next it will be 9am. Some days I don't leave until 7pm when I'm meant to leave at 2:45pm. I also run a blog, am part of Student Union and run the college magazine in my spare time. I work 6 days a week on college work and the remainder of my time is either spent blogging or on me-time (which I'm allowed to have, may I add).

This friend that told me to suck it up does A Levels on a 9am-3pm day, five days a week and was getting ready for a party the following night. So you can imagine how angry I was when she told me that I'd have to work around my schedule and get a job like she did. It's understandable that A Levels still come with a lot of work but I don't even have the time to go out with my friends on the weekend let alone have a job.

What I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't let anyone tell you to make time for something when they don't know your situation. I'm not going to suck it up and get a job because do you know what - I'm enjoying life right now and I'd like it to stay that way. I have to get a full-time job after college so why not enjoy the poor life for a little longer?

So if you're being told to get a job when you don't what to just yet - follow the advice that my friend Imogen gave me. You do you.

Until next time...

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  1. I found this post really interesting Sophie, personally I'm glad that from the age of 17 I had a job. Yes there shouldn't be a pressure to go for the things you don't enjoy just for some extra ££ but there's skills to be learnt and experiences to be had that paid employment can give you that unpaid work wouldn't. I've done the two, I've done unpaid and paid but actually the work I did paid and not necessarily where I am has definitely benefited me. I'd always encourage people to get a little job doing something for some ££ and to meet some new people! :)


    1. I totally get you! There is nothing like earning some money and a working environment! I feel as though I’ve gained friendships through my weeks of work experience with multiple companies whilst gaining the necessary experience for my chosen job sector - believe me, some money for that would be lovely, but that’s not always how things work at this stage in my life for the sector I want to head into.

      But yes, I think it does have benefits and I agree with you! Xx

  2. I definitely agree with most of this! But I want a job because I really want to learn how to drive but I only want a part time job. I totally get how us teenagers think that we need money to do everything which isn't true. This post was a great read and it was really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm desperate to drive, a job would be great right about now but it's on hold for the next year for the exact reason I've written about! Thank you for your input, I'm glad you think the same x


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