We as students are very busy, some days it feels as if 24 hours isn’t enough time to get every thing on your to-do list done. Many students feel overwhelmed with full academic, social, and extracurricular obligations; the idea of adding in a part time job can seem like overkill. Yet working a part time job is an undertaking that many students find desirous, not to mention a necessity. As a student with two current part time jobs I want to spend a bit of time talking about the benefits of working while balancing a busy school schedule.
Having a part time job while taking on a full course load makes time management extremely important. Writing out homework, exams, and work shifts is a helpful way to plan ahead and stay on top of all activities. Practicing this time management week after week is a really beneficial way to make it an ingrained habit. I have found that having a job has helped me to improve my grades and my focus in school because there is less time to procrastinate, making available time much more important and productive.
An additional benefit of working a part time job or jobs is the benefits of networking, resume building, and meeting other like-minded students. My job at IU Recreational Sports as a Team Leader has given me the opportunity to met so many inspiring individuals that are committed to their health and fitness, as well as found a great group of friends outside of classes and my sorority. Being able to show on a resume that you are able to successfully handle the pressures of school and a part time job speak volumes during interviews for post-graduation employment. In addition the connections with bosses and coworkers will make honest references that can be used when applying for future jobs.
While it may seem daunting initially, applying for a job can help to improve time management skills, social and professional networks, and serve as a great resume builder. If your schedule allows I would highly recommend applying for an on or off campus job!
Clara Califf is a senior at Indiana University. She plans to graduate in May 2015 with a degree in Safety with a minor in Environmental Management. After graduation Clara hopes to fulfill her lifelong dream of joining the Peace Corps.
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