Is it time for me to get a part time job?
My name is Briana and I'll be starting my second year at my community college this upcoming fall semester. I'll be taking thirteen units and my parents have been recently pushing me to apply for a job with nods to "we're hiring" signs. I understand with my age I should be working, but I'm not sure if it would be healthy for me, the amount of coursework I'm taking and confusion I continue to have gearing toward a specific major. I know I need to focus on choosing something to plan out the next three years, but I don't think I can with usual coursework and a job to worry about.
I understand the extra cash would help and my parents want me to have some type of work experience, but I don't want to burn out from stress coming through each direction especially as a horrible multitasker. Thank you for responding and have a nice day! #first-generation-college-students #community-college #psychology #work-life-balance #women-in-stem #japan
Kevin M.’s Answer
You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>
<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>
My kids experienced something similar. I highly encourage it. Education should be your primary responsibility, but, having a job will provide you with other real life experience. Earning money, financial responsibility, time management, customer experience, broadening your interaction with people, etc. If you can find an employer where you are learning something different while balancing your education, I think it would be very beneficial to you. Good luck.
Hi Briana - Like you I attended a junior/community college and was carrying a heavy course load. I was able to find a job working in the college cafeteria. The manager was pretty flexible with scheduling to work around my course load, etc. There might be open positions that may be a good option for you since you are already on campus and that can work around your classes. Also, some of the benefits of working while in college was, it took my mind of some of the stress of the course work as I had to focus on the job I was doing and during the slow periods it allowed me to think about what I wanted to do or the courses I wanted to take next as well as, gave me some spending money and covered some expenses. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
Hello, my advice would be to give it a try. You can make an attempt and get the experience. Its not going to be easy but you will learn. Thats your main objective right now at this time in your life is to learn as much as you can. You will get some interviewing experience as well. If is too much and you arent able to manage everything then you will have learned where your limits are. You may find that having a part time job will give you relief from the stress of all your school work. Also your parents will be proud of you for trying even if it doesnt work out.
Drew recommends the following next steps:
- Go to some interviews and see if you can find an ideal fit for a part time job that you might be interested in.
I was a student while working at Marsh & McLennan on 9/11. I took the internship/job to gain experience and also secure future opportunities while working there. Even though, I went through a tragic even while working there as a student I can say that I am grateful that I did work while completing my studies. The work experience helped me mature and I became a manager before I was 30 years old. Overall, I recommend working while in school since it will lead you to opportunities faster in life, gain exposure and maturity. Good luck and hope this advice helped!