’Tis the season for buying peppermint everything, stuffing down Grandma’s cookies, and picking out the perfect gifts for your squad. There’s just one little thing you need for your happy holidays—money. And it feels like the gift list gets longer every year. (Who knew you had so many cousins?) Worried about how you’ll be able to afford it all?

Enter the seasonal, part-time job. Retail stores will be looking for help with the holiday rush, the mall will need package wrappers, and the café could definitely use more people to whip up gingerbread lattes. Getting a part-time job will help you fill your pockets with some extra green for those #squadgoals. Besides the whole money thing, here are some other reasons a part-time job can be worth it:

  • Become a time-management master. Balancing your homework, basketball, Spanish club, and your social life can be tough. When you double as a barista, it gets even tougher. But it’s doable. Time management is an essential life skill—one that the college student and working adult versions of you will thank you for later on. Master it now and reap the rewards for years to come.
  • Build your résumé. Yes, you’ll use it and yes, your experience as a T-shirt folder matters. Every job you have will help prep you for future employment. And you’ll know how to fold shirts like a pro. #winning
  • Break into the working world. Let’s face it: We’re all going to have to work at some point in our lives. Getting to see what it’s all about at an earlier age could make it easier when it becomes a necessity later. You’ll learn important skills, such as teamwork and communication. They might even help you in college.
  • Be independent. Tired of asking Mom for movie money? Whether it’s a new pair of shoes, a new car, or, you know, college, a part-time job can give you the money you need to meet your goals—without putting you at the mercy of others.
  • Find new people. Your job comes with coworkers. They might be from a different school, live in a different city, or even be a different age. You’ll meet all sorts of characters. And you might even like some of them.
  • Handle money. A part-time job can help you learn about budgets, financial goal making, saving, and more. And that stuff is important if you’re planning on moving out. Or even if you’re not.

Research shows that part-time work is great for teenagers. However, it’s best to make sure that the work doesn’t interfere with schoolwork. If you’re finding that you’re having a hard time balancing work and school, consider talking to your family, teachers, and your boss to find a solution.

Chelsey Taylor works as an editor and content manager. She taught English in South Korea as a Fulbright Fellow and has a BA in anthropology from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

Brandy Reeves is a health educator at the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University, a master of public health from Ohio State University, and a master of higher education from the University of Kentucky.