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Should I work a job while I am a full time student

I am a full time student so I have a lot of work to do, but I also need some money. Is it a good idea to have a job on top of my class responsibilities?

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Davida’s Answer

Hi,


This depends on a lot of factors. <span style="color: rgb(67, 58, 83); background-color: transparent;">Your number #1 job is being a student, so you don't want to take on any additional responsibilities that would jeopardize your success. </span>


I worked throughout college as a full-time student and maintained a >3.75 GPA. However, my job wasn't overly demanding. I wasn't stressed at all and on occasion could actually work on assignments. My job was on campus with Resident Life. I answered phones primarily, greeted visitors and filed documents.


If you have exceptional time-management skills, I think working while in school is great. If you decide to pursue this option start with a few hours per week 10-15 and see how it goes.


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Kim’s Answer

Hi Megan!

I recommend not working your Freshman year, or at least, not the first semester. Give yourself some time to get acclimated to college life. I did not work freshman year, worked part time after that, up until the final semester of senior year, where I worked full time. Full time was a mistake! I still have nightmares about not passing those classes! The money is always helpful, but, remember your first priority is school. However, whatever experience you can pick up now will be helpful after graduation. Even if you work in jobs such as food service, retail, call center, etc., remember that customer service is a "transferable skill" that can relate to the majority of professional positions as well.


Good luck!

Kim

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April’s Answer

Hi Megan, when I was a full time student I also worked two part time jobs. Looking back now, I wish I hadn't. Unfortunately because of the two jobs I was not able to spend enough time focusing on my studies. However, I would not say you should not work. If you can find a position that is relevant to your studies or has down time that allows you to study those would be a good way to make a little extra money but not overwhelm yourself. In the end making sure you are able to do your best with your classes and keep your self healthy, mentally and physically, is the most important thing. Good luck!

April recommends the following next steps:

Look for paid internships related to your program.
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