• Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of starting work at 12?

    Asked by star361ear to Katy on 21 Nov 2019.
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      Katy Bruce answered on 21 Nov 2019:

      Wow you read my profile! I’m chuffed! Well I suppose the first thing to say is that I’m not sure it would be allowed nowadays what with all the health & safety regs and child protection! However, I loved having a job so young. Apart from the obvious benefit of having spending money, it also gave me independence, taught me the value of money and hard work, encouraged me to be more confident, fostered new networks, the list is endless! On the down side, it was tough with school work and not having my own transport, often meant I couldn’t go out with my friends socialising and I also came up against a lot of unkind staff members who felt that I shouldn’t be there as I was robbing them of opportunities. That was probably the hardest part.