Once you know that you can balance both, having a job will provide you confidence and a stronger sense of accomplishment for sure. It will also allow you to increase your skill set, and will give you actual real life work experience for your resume when you graduate college and seek full time employment thereafter. I have seen many people go through college without working or without completing any internships and then struggle to land a job based on that lack of experience. You do not want to put yourself in that position.
A job at that age will also help you to understand the importance of working in an organization (regardless of size) and in an organizational hierarchy or chain of command. These interactions are priceless and can only be gained in real life work. I can remember things that I learned in every job that I held growing up in my high school and college years that are still relevant today. If you can find a job in the field that you are majoring in, then even better.
Last but not least, having extra money of your own never hurts!
Mark recommends the following next steps:
- Work with your school to locate jobs in the area
- Speak to your friends and family about opportunities for part time or summer work
- Take the leap and get started