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How hard is it to maintain a part-time job while in college?

I'm always told that i'll have t work for college, but how hard really is it to keep up with school work and a job? #job #college


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Patrick’s Answer

Hi Zachary, there's not one simple answer... it can be very hard to work and go to school, especially if you don't have your priorities right beforehand. Even with the difficulty though, working part-time while in college can definitely be done. Consistency and time management are perhaps the key. I don't know how life is like in Indiana or what work and college opportunities there are in Indiana, but from where I'm from, education is a luxury that not everyone can afford. Personally, I don't always have the best time management, so it can get very difficult working while going to school; I'm lucky enough to be able to afford to go to school though. Work pays the bills. It's up to you how you spend your time. Hope this helps.

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Michael’s Answer

Part of it does depend on your personality and how well you manage your time. If you already have some good management skills, then balancing a job and school should be doable. I had a part time job for most of my college career. I found it helped out a lot building my resume and building better habits.

Looking for on campus job is a great way to find a job and makes it a little easier to manage class as they are willing to work with your schedule. Plus you get to know your school a little better, and make friend on campus. Plus you can often find some jobs that are related to your field in some cases. For example, I worked on campus recruiting for other on campus job run by the university. This was a great job because it was only M-F, let me learn a lot more about my school, make connections, and gave me a lot of exposure to resumes writing and interviewing. Plus I still got school breaks off and didn't have to worry if I went home for summer.

Off campus jobs have more options but can be a little less flexible with your schedules.

Take some time when looking for jobs during college and see what's out there and will work for you

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Michael’s Answer

Part of it does depend on your personality and how well you manage your time. If you already have some good management skills, then balancing a job and school should be doable. I had a part time job for most of my college career. I found it helped out a lot building my resume and building better habits.

Looking for on campus job is a great way to find a job and makes it a little easier to manage class as they are willing to work with your schedule. Plus you get to know your school a little better, and make friend on campus. Plus you can often find some jobs that are related to your field in some cases. For example, I worked on campus recruiting for other on campus job run by the university. This was a great job because it was only M-F, let me learn a lot more about my school, make connections, and gave me a lot of exposure to resumes writing and interviewing. Plus I still got school breaks off and didn't have to worry if I went home for summer.

Off campus jobs have more options but can be a little less flexible with your schedules.

Take some time when looking for jobs during college and see what's out there and will work for you

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John’s Answer

Speaking from experience, it is hard, but if you are able to manage your schedule properly, you are more than capable of doing both. If you have the chance, try and get a job on campus.

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Kresa’s Answer

It can be difficult, but also helps teach discipline, and when you graduate, not only will you have work experience, but you will have this feeling of relief that you can now focus on fulltime employment. To make it work, you will need to find a job that will work around your school schedule, the job shouldn't take a higher precedence over schooling. Working also can help reduce the amount of student loans you will need to graduate with your desired degree. Good Luck!

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Paul’s Answer

I worked part-time off campus all through college. It was tough but manageable as long as you plan everything out. Since I mostly worked Monday thru Friday evenings and anytime Saturday and Sunday, that left me plenty of time to go to class and get school work done. In addition, I had jobs that weren't too demanding so I was able to get some studying done while I was at work. Also, I still had enough time to go to parties after work on Friday and Saturday nights to make sure I has a social life.


Again, the main thing you have to do is plan ahead. After you register for classes each semester you'll know your availability to work and if something should change from one semester to the next, you'll have enough time to notify your supervisor.


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Kresa’s Answer

It can be difficult, but also helps teach discipline, and when you graduate, not only will you have work experience, but you will have this feeling of relief that you can now focus on fulltime employment. To make it work, you will need to find a job that will work around your school schedule, the job shouldn't take a higher precedence over schooling. Working also can help reduce the amount of student loans you will need to graduate with your desired degree. Good Luck!

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Julie’s Answer

I did it all throughout my 5 years in college and graduated at the top 5% of my class. It wasn't easy and there were some sacrifices (late nights, little social time), BUT I don't regret the job experience one bit! Talk to your supervisor at your job about this and they should be very understanding of student schedules and obligations.


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