Should college students get a part-time job? If you’re already spending 35-40 hours a week on school, can any good come from piling on more work?
Yes! In fact, quite a lot. Here are some reasons why you should consider holding a part-time job during college.
1. Keeping those ducks in a row
Research shows that college students who have a 15-20-hour/week job do better academically. Why? Because these guys HAVE to be responsible with their time. College students are kind of like trucks: the heavier their load, the straighter they drive. Take it from someone whose been there: We are all capable of doing more than we think we can. Remember that successful people are those who push themselves to the limit and make the most of their time and skills.
2. Prepping for the future
Gaining job experience during college will get you ready for the professional world. Interacting with employers and co-workers, keeping track of a schedule, and giving up leisure activities are all valuable lessons to learn before diving in full-time. Employers are looking for these skills! If a graduate with job experience and a graduate without both apply for a job, the graduate with work history under their belt will more likely get the position.
3. Confidence power-up
Interesting fact: Students who have jobs in college tend to be more confident and independent. There’s something about making your own money that makes you feel on top of the world. Working gives you the chance to see what you’re made of—and I’ll betcha it’s of tougher stuff than you think!
But don’t overdo it…
But careful! Students who work more than 20 hours a week are more likely to suffer academically. Pushing yourself is great; exhausting yourself is not. After all, your life needs to about more than school and work. Make time for family, friends, and fun, otherwise you can run out of steam.
A lot of college kids NEED jobs to support themselves and/or pay for tuition. If you’re one of those people, the same holds true for you: Don’t overdo it. There are other ways to make ends meet. Look into your college’s financial aid department and let your student advisor know about your situation; they are in a great position to help.
So if you can, work, but stay alive!
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