Is it a bad idea to wait until after college to get my first "real" job?
Other than working a bit with my parents on their retail business and running a few small chess camps, I have no work experience and little income coming in. Will that hurt me in the long run when finding a job after college? #firstjob #career #experience
Any work experience that you have gained, as early as possible, especially that which would be related to your intended career area, would be very important as it not only gives you much needed exposure to the inside view of that career area, but it provides a way to show people how you can handle tasks and jobs in a responsible manner.
The most important thing for you to do is to get to know yourself better to know what career area would be most suitable and then talk face to face in person with people involved in that career area to get more of an inside view and get their assistance and insight into entering into that career area.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps:
Is it bad? Not necessarily. However, most college graduates won't have experience in their field of study. Holding a job throughout college shows diligence. It shows that you have the ability to balance your work load and school load. This will separate you from other new graduates. If a job is going to tank your GPA, then no I would say don't do it. If that's the case, maybe volunteer? or a part time job?