Obtaining your first job while in college is definitely an overwhelming feeling at first, so your concern is valid. However, with proper time management and organization, you can manage school, work, and personal life. When you begin your first job, make sure you do not overload on hours, maybe start with 8-10 a week and see if it is affecting your school work. Also, make sure that you are not overloading on coursework, where it can potentially affect your job either. If, after a few weeks of work, you feel that you can handle more hours on the job, then I recommend going for more.
I am not sure of the nature of the job, but I highly recommend having a job in college that is tailored for college students. For example, when I was in college, I worked at the school library; it was a very relaxed environment, and I had the ability to do homework when there were slowdays on the job.
Amit recommends the following next steps:
- Start with a few hours a week to see how you balance your life.
- If you feel that you can handle more hours without affecting school work, go for it.