You can do this!
Working on campus is great and will get you more connected to the school as part time employee. I'd encourage you to seek opportunity even in the area in which you are studying. So if you are aspiring to be an LPN, then maybe seek out a part time position with that department. You will get exposed not only to how the department works but also make some great connection to faculty and staff.
Be persistent and find something, it's out there, you just need to be persistent to find the right opportunity!
- Interning at corporations which can help you open up opportunities
- Try different things to figure out what you like
- Try to find a job where it supports your passion/interest
- Service/retails jobs are great to learn customer service skills
- Entrepreneurial opportunities like dog walking, baby-sitting/nanny which can offer flex schedule
- Ride share jobs for flexibility and understand the business model
Personally, I'd recommend some low key work during the school year while balancing school. Keep an eye on internships during the summer that will give you experience in your desired career. Start building your resume; it's also an opportunity to get insight into different careers/roles to get a better understanding of what you do or don't want to do in the future. Once you're in your junior and senior years of school, the work experience you've gained earlier in college might help you get part time roles at a company (vs at a cafe or the bookstore).
When I was in school (Ohio State University), there were a lot of on campus jobs for students that do a great job of making sure you have a nice school/work balance. My first campus job was working as a Building Manager for our Student Union. I worked anywhere between 15-30 hours a week depending on my school work, was able to make some money and also not worry about falling behind on my school work.
I would suggest looking for a job on campus or just off campus (in walking distance at the very least) so that you're able to find something that will help you manage your time while being a full time student.
Congratulations on the start of your college journey!
To answer your question, something I really wish I'd known about before going to college was the importance of internships and building experience in your intended industry (or working in an role or industry that will help you build transferable skills). Although it might seem like a financial burden right now to opt for an unpaid internship, they present huge opportunities and will get your foot in the door at exciting companies. Internships can also help you build your professional network and gain invaluable early experience that really sets you apart.
If you need to earn money while you're in school, I would highly suggest looking at some job postings for roles you'd like to apply for after obtaining your degree and making a list of requirements and skills it would be good to cultivate before applying. Next, look for part-time positions that will allow you to build valuable skills now so you can hit the ground running when you graduate!
I know this seems like a lot of work now and I'm sure you have a ton going on with school, but I would highly recommend that you make your next move with your future career in mind.
Best of luck!
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