At first glance, taking on a part-time job while pursuing a degree might seem like a total drag. A job requires motivation and dedication, two things you don’t have after attending classes for hours.
However, part-time jobs have multiple benefits. Believe it or not, working during college is not always an absolute necessity for students, but sometimes a voluntary decision. Why?
1. You earn money
Let me be honest with you. Money is the obvious reason people go to work.
As you already know, being a student usually means having little or no money. Furthermore, students also have a lot of expenses: tuition, room, textbooks, food… and the list goes on and on. So when it comes to making money as a student, every little bit helps.
Even if you already have your finances in order, having a part-time job means little luxuries like treating yourself to something nice and going out with friends.
2. You gain job experience
Real-life work experience can’t be taught in school. Yet, getting work experience is the most important part of starting your career as a young adult. Think about it from an employer perspective, would you take the risk of hiring someone who has never worked a day in his life?
Having a first job will be a boost to your resume even if it’s not in your field of study. It shows the employer that you are dedicated, responsible, and at least somewhat accustomed to the professional world.
3. You learn time management
Benjamin Franklin once said that time is money. Just like money, time must be managed properly.
Going to classes, studying, and working makes for a busy schedule. So working students have to learn time management; Otherwise, they will not complete all the tasks on time. Learning how to weigh priorities is an essential life skill that working students master over time.
4. You start networking
A part-time job is a great opportunity to build professional relationships that open up career opportunities.
And this is true even if you do not work in your dream company. Indeed, your employer or coworker may know somebody who works there.
View every conversation as an opportunity to progress in your career. You never know where or when you might meet someone who can help you land your dream job!
5. You develop interpersonal skills
Many part-time jobs involve collaboration with different types of people, and interpersonal skills are vital to make this happen. So it is a great opportunity to develop some basic skills:
- Receptiveness to feedback
- Workplace etiquette
- Relationship management
- Showing appreciation
Once you have developed interpersonal skills, be sure to emphasise them in your CV and then, if successful, at interview. Employers actively look for applicants who can work collaboratively and communicate effectively.
6. You learn the value of money
When you earn your first salary, you will think twice about how you spend your hard-earned money. Working students tend to have better budgeting and money management skills.
Being financially aware from a young age is very important. According to Northwestern Mutual’s Planning & Progress Study, adults between the ages of 25 and 34 have an average of $42,000 in debt. More than half of them attributed their debt problems to money mismanagement. Nobody wants to be drowning in debt because of poor financial management!
7. You are exposed to a new environment
College and high school students spend most of their time in the same environment. Whether they are at school or not, they often meet and talk with peers. Having the chance to meet new people and be in a new setting can be a fulfilling experience.
8. You build your personal identity
When we meet new people, we often ask: What do you do for a living? This is because our identity is linked to our daily tasks.
Having a part-time job as a student will make it easier to give a glimpse of your personality. You are no longer a student anymore; You are a hardworking student.
9. You enjoy employee benefits
Depending on where your part-time job is, you may be eligible for staff discounts or perks. For example, a personal trainer might get a free gym membership.
10. You boost your self-confidence
If you are introverted, a part-time job can help you come out of your shell. This is especially true if your job involves customer service or teamwork.
11. You make new friends
It is easy to stay confined to your student groups and friends. Having a part-time job forces you to get out and interact with new people. It is a great opportunity to make new friends.
12. You become more independent
Students often rely on their parents for financial help. As a working student, you will be less reliant on them.
13. You contribute to society
As a student, you do not contribute to society. This is why a part-time job can bring a deeper meaning to your life. Helping other people will help you garner a sense of accomplishment that studying can’t bring you.
College (or high school) should remain your number one priority. Before you work long hours, I recommend you to read the following article: how part-time jobs affect grades.