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Juggling a Job in College

At some point in your college career, you might seek out a part-time job. Having a little extra spending money would be great, but there is a price that comes with juggling a job and school. You have to manage your time better and make sure you are taking care of all your responsibilities.

I have had a part-time job since I started school (four years ago). It has taken time, but I have mastered the art of balancing the two. You don’t want to try to juggle everything and end up failing. These few tips can help you ease into the job scene while maintaining a typical college student life.

Prioritize Your Tasks

If you are planning to get a job, be sure you can handle it. Don’t give yourself added stress if you don’t think you will be able to stand the test.  Never lose sight of what is most important. You are a college student first. You shouldn’t put your studies on the back burner. A job shouldn’t overwhelm you and eat up all your time. Manage your time and make sure you are dedicating yourself equally among each task.

Consider All Your Options

Just because you want a job doesn’t mean you have to go with the first one you see. Take your time to explore all of your options out there. You also don’t have to go off-campus to find a job. Every job I have had while in college has always been on-campus. Depending on your schedule, it might be easier for you. The Career Development website lists job postings both on and off campus. This is a great resource you can check out before you venture out.

Make Time For Yourself

What college student doesn’t like sleeping in and binge watching Netflix all day? With everything else you might have going on, make time for yourself. It is easy to get caught up always studying and working. After you take care of whatever you need to, treat yourself to a day off full of relaxation. Remember to stay healthy and don’t push yourself over the limit. You deserve a day off every once in a while.

Absorb All The Experience You Can

Whatever job you might work, you will gain experience you can use in your classes or future jobs. Even though you might work odd jobs, don’t let that stop you from learning everything you can. Every job you work can teach you something important. You never truly know what you might need later on in life.

Jon Wilcox
Jon Wilcox
Senior Web & User Experience Developer, Information Technology