It is not easy going to college on a shoestring budget and these hard economic times, money is tight, scholarships are tighter and it is a hassle to graduate with a huge debt load. A great way to overcome the financial challenges you may face while in college is to work on campus at a part-time job. It may seem like a bad idea because you are already busy enough as it is and adding another item on your personal schedule might cut in to your study schedule. However, there are key benefits to working part time in college.
Benefit #1: Boost Your Employment Chances
If your part-time job is related to your major or your career goals, your part-time job is actually paving the way for you to get the job you want after college. It also allows you to get your foot in the door of the industry you eventually want to enter and it gives you the experience you need to get ahead in that industry. Also, if you are unsure as to the particular industry you have chosen, it gives you a nice little taste test as to how it is to actually work within that industry. It might not be what you thought and by working part time in college, you have given yourself the opportunity to switch to another future career. This way you did not waste any time and most importantly, you did not waste any emotional energy. It can be quite discouraging and depressing having to switch from industry to industry. Working part time in your field in college is a great way to get a foretaste of your future career options.
Benefit #2: Hone Your Social Skills
Working part time helps you to hone the key social skills you need to succeed in a work environment. Previous to this experience, your experience with other people is probably just on a purely academic setting. Social interactions differ in a work setting. You will be introduced to things like office politics, hierarchies and reporting to a higher authority. This would help you hone the interpersonal skills that you need to survive in any work organization.
Benefit #3: Personal Development
Working while going to school pushes you to hustle. It pushes you to get the most bang out of every second you invest in your activities. In essence, it lets you become a better manager of your time and to be more self-disciplined. It does not always work. Some people realize that their self-discipline is not what they think it is and they have to cut back on either school or work. However, working part time in college is a great way to not just figure out how strong your self-discipline is but also to hone that particular life skill because guess what? You will need it for the rest of your working life.
If you polish all the necessary skills you need for career success while working part time in college, then you are at a key competitive advantage to your peers who are going to find out the hard way when they get their first job right after college.