I interviewed before the date just so I could get a job asap. I worked in the kitchen of a hospital. I only worked 3-4 days a week and the hours were 4-7:30 on the weekdays and an 8 hour day on the weekend.
I kept that job all through college. It paid great compared to McDonalds and I had plenty of time for homework, etc. I felt it made me more responsible, I had to find the way to work, deal with my money, etc.
I worked with all kinds of people not just other kids. I don’t feel I missed out on anything. I think it is a great thing to let kids work.