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Should I get a part time job while studying in college?

I am in high school and have a part time job and want to make some money while in college too, what are its pros and cons? #college #job #money

Thank you comment icon hello tbh it all just depends on how good you are managing and organizing your time, because school is going to take a big chunk of your time. If you're good with managing your time then you should be good. Like right now you're in high school and working part-time therefore you must be organizing your time wisely. But you're not alone. A lot of us college students work part-time while in college so don't feel discouraged. We all gotta make money to pay for the fun activities college has to offer. Jazmin

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Abby’s Answer

For me personally, if you're already a full-time student and are wanting a part-time job, I feel you will lose some of your social or personal life due to the amount of time you're putting in at your job and school. I can't speak for those who have had a job while studying since I haven't tried it, but I am afraid that I wouldn't have time for other things if I worked and studied at the same time.

Ultimately, it is up to you! Just try and see how things work out. You can always quit your job if it's too stressful, or if you're in need of money throughout the semester, try taking fewer classes. It is all about whatever your priorities are.
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Rick’s Answer

I strongly recommend getting that part-time job while you are in college for a few reasons. First it can help remove some of the stress and financial burdon. Second, your future employers will be looking at how you differentiate yourself from the competition. Showing that you worked harder while still earning a degree will be seen very favorably. Lastly, there is the sense of pride. Hard work always pays off.
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Emmy’s Answer

Hi Mhaya,
All of the advice above is important. It is good to know your study habits and abilities to ensure you can manage both. If you know that you can, then as mentioned above there are many life skills that you can learn while working at least part time and going to school. In addition to having a source of income for spending and offsetting expenses associated with costs, it does teach you so much about time management, responsibility, and organization. There are many jobs that are geared towards people who are in school and needing to work part time and can be flexible semester to semester based on your course schedule. There are also a lot of options on campus to work and help offset the costs at school. One of this is being a Resident Adviser (RA) in the dorms. This is not usually available to Freshmen, but a great way to afford housing and meals after your Freshmen year, and some RAs are even able to hold another part time job on top of that to earn extra income.

Good luck,
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Cameron’s Answer

While in college, I think it would be best to prioritize your academics. However, if you believe you can balance working part-time while taking classes, then I think you should!

Of course, this depends on what kind of job you are working: do you have flexible hours? Will you need to commute from school to work? How easy would it be for you to find someone to cover your shift if you need to take some time to study for an exam?

You should also consider the types and rigor of the classes you will be taking: are they heavy in homework, projects, and exams? Will you be able to schedule your classes around your work?
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Sara’s Answer

Hi Mhaya:
If you can get a part time job during college and still commit to your studies and academics then that would be a good idea, you will learn real life applications. I worked at Walmart part time while I was in college and learned important life skills like dealing with people and learned how to work under pressure. But that being said you should only take a part time job if your major/work load and studies allows you too, I wouldn't recommend getting a job if its going to jeopardize your grades and school work

hope that helps you!
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ambrosia’s Answer

Should I get a part time job while studying in college? yes, in my opinion you should get a part time if not full time job while you are in college. It offers many good options. The reason I say this is because while going to school full time it can be hard to keep up with work and school work. It creates opportunities to show you work management and organization. It also teaches you responsibilities and accountability. The best thing I would recommend is until you have it all worked out is to buy a planner and make sure you schedule it out. It will also help you for when you are out of school and needing to work full time it will be less of a change as opposed to switching straight from school to working full time. It is also good to get some money while you are in school as well. It would not hurt you to get a part time job. I know it can be scary at first but you may get a part time job that opens new doors for you in the meantime. To get to where you want to go in life it is a big part of the more people you know the better off you will be.
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Armand’s Answer

Hi Mhaya,

Holding a part-time job or paid internship is great experience to gain while in college, as long as you're able to manage your time and ensure that your studies are prioritized. When I was in college, I was able to set my course schedule to allow for study periods but also a part-time job when not in class. I participated in a work-study program at my university's law library which was convenient on campus, and gave me good work experience, and of course a paycheck to cover some of my out of pocket costs. I recommend exploring work-study opportunities on campus as one path. Also, if you have a career field in mind, it could be a great opportunity and exposure to get to know the field by finding an internship or part-time job at a company or organization that is in that specific industry/field. It's not always possible, but something to consider which will help you as you explore your long-term career objectives. Best of luck!
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Serena’s Answer

Hi Mhaya!

This is totally up to you! You should assess your time management skills and go from there. If you think you can handle studying and doing your school work while also working, that's great! But, it's also okay if you cannot do that. If you need to just focus on school before doing other things, I suggest you do that! Another option would be to try and get a job that only requires you to come on the weekends. This way, you can dedicate the week days to school and ensure that you are prioritizing it.
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