Is having a job during college normal?
I would need a source of income during college to pay for my education and I was wondering if it is normal/feasible to have jobs while in college.
If this question applies to you, I wish you the best in your upcoming decisions!
Yes, it is absolutely possible! :-) I had a couple of different jobs in college. It is definitely a balancing act, and you have to set clear boundaries with employers about your class schedule and studies. I had both on and off campus jobs throughout my time in school. I preferred on campus for convenience, personally, but both have their unique benefits and challenges. Just make sure to prioritize your studies whenever you can!
It definitely is possible to work and go to school. Ultimately it would depend on your commitment to your classes and how many that involves in relation to the amount of hours you may be available to work. For example of you worked part time and went to school part time then it would likely balance out depending on hours and demand. I would suggest that if you were considering working while taking classes that you evaluate whether or not you would be taking classes full time or part time and then once you apply for positions upon interviewing make it very clear that you need a job that works with the fact that you are taking classes and is flexible upon request. I hope this helps.
I believe it is actually very common to have a job as a college student. I personally know more peers who have jobs (and or have had a job in college), than those who do not have a job while taking undergraduate courses. For example, some students have on-campus jobs (which often do not pay very well, and only allow you to work a 10-15 hour maximum per pay period). The pro to an on-campus job is they are a lot more flexible with you schedule due to the fact they are aware you are a student (then again this ultimately depends on the employer).
Then there are the students who have jobs off-campus, which includes me. I work two part-time off-campus jobs while taking my courses. From my own personal experience, I would encourage having a job in college because even if you do not need the money right then and there it is a great opportunity to save or even have extra spending money.
Hope this helps!
I believe it is totally normal to have a job while going to college. During my undergrad, I worked for two weeks before Covid hit so I hadn't experienced that much of it. After I graduated, I got a job and continued taking some prerequisites for my masters degree and I realized that it is possible. It depends on you as well, if you believe you can work a job while studying. If you can, that's great and if you do not think you can, that is completely okay! I know it might be nice to earn some income but your studies are very important as well. If this is something you want to do, you might want to look into looking for a part-time job. That way, you can have your schedule fixed with your employer in a way that you can focus on school as well! I wish you luck :)
Working while going to school will definitely push you to be organized and manage your time wisely. I worked full time on third shift and attended school during the day full time when I attended college. It definitely wasn't easy, but I was living on my own so I did what I had to do. In doing so I didn't have the 'normal' college experience as I commuted to campus and would only stay around campus outside of classes if I was working in the studio or on a paper (campus allowed me to focus a bit better, personally). I didn't get to really experience all of campus though or join any groups - if you have the option to work part time that could give you some leeway with that.
Depending on where you go to school, you may have to live with a roommate or two - that will help offset expenses if you're in a more expensive area. Attending community college for core credits before going to a main campus will help you save as well.