Taking on a part-time job while pursuing your full-time studies takes a lot of hard work, but the benefits are much more rewarding. If you find yourself wasting a lot of time after completing studies and other post- school activities, you might want to consider getting a part-time job. For some students, working part-time is not a matter of choice but a necessity as they need to save for college or even to supplement the family income. It is important, however, that you engage in real work that helps improve your time management skills and educational goals.
Obtain valuable work experience
Experience is a major perk of working part-time. Students get an opportunity to gain prior experience in a specific industry and begin networking with those in that field. Working as an intern for a start-up or local business in an industry of interest even with little pay may be more beneficial for your dream career after graduation. Even working in places that are not entirely related to your major may help you gain extra skills that look impressive to potential employers. Additionally, you will learn how to communicate and interact with others as well as dealing with different situations that you are not familiar.
You get to explore career options before choosing a college major
For those in high school, working part-time allows you to explore career options, directing you to the career path you may want to follow. During this time, you may discover that you don’t like working in offices. A career path that involves outdoor/field activities may be the best fit. If you love working in retail stores, a career in sales/business management may work. Eventually, you get to learn what you are looking for and what you aren’t looking for in a career.
Stable Cash flow
Remuneration remains to be one of the greatest motivations of working part-time while in school. Having an income can boost one’s confidence and even allow them to have some fun within the limits of their paychecks. This way, you will lessen your parent’s burden as with the extra money, you get to do the things you love while enjoying your independence. Saving up for college can help you avoid high-interest debt while still enjoying your college experience.
Teaches one to be more responsible
It takes responsibility to be a good student. However, if you learn how to balance school studies/activities and a part-time job, you learn the true meaning of responsibility. Such students find out how to spend their money wisely by spending their hard-earned money on necessities. They even start saving for college or even save for other purposes, e.g., purchasing a car.
Better Time management
Studies show that students who work part-time possess better time-management skills than students who are not employed. Working students have to figure out how to balance their time between work and school/college thus they tend to be better planners as they have to complete every task expected of them on schedule. They learn to prioritize activities and do away with the less important things that are not adding value as free time is much more limited.
Offers a broader perspective of life
A part-time job can be an excellent way to broaden your perspective beyond the study environment. You get to meet different people and engage with different environments that not only add some fun into your school life but also bring lasting effects on your life perspectives and values.
It is crucial for students to find a balance between work and study. Working shouldn’t be detrimental to your studies. If working interferes with your school work, your ability to spend time with family and friends, then it may not be a wise decision. You are better off finding something that allows you to maintain a healthy balance in life. Even if it means putting in 15 hours a week or less, the important thing is you are gaining some skills to apply to your future career. That said, make sure you carefully consider whether you can make to commit to a part-time job especially for those involved in rigorous study programs, so you don’t end up interfering with your academic goals.
written by Logan Webster
on Sept 12th 2017
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