Many students take up part-time jobs although they get paid much less than those in full-time employment.
There are positive and negative aspects of the situation.
On the plus side, a part-time job may symbolise maturity and financial independence.
You can spend the money the way you want, without being 'guided' by parents.
Moreover, students can improve their communication skills away from an exam-oriented environment.
They will be dealing with all sorts of demands and complaints from customers.
Also, the youngsters need to learn how to co-operate with their colleagues in order to complete a task. The extra income can also help reduce their parents' financial burden.
One of the drawbacks of having a part-time job is that students may become more materialistic.
They may also neglect their studies. Young people can be easily misled and the glamour of employment may persuade them to concentrate only on earning money.
Frustration from both job and study may lead them to so- called 'good friends' who are involved in gambling and soft drugs and more misery could be in store.
There is no such thing as a perfect job in this world.
Yuen-chi is a student of Kwun Tong Maryknoll College