You’re probably a broke student, wondering, “Is it worth it to work part-time?“
I understand where you’re coming from; taking on a part-time job while pursuing a degree seems like a total drag! However, part-time jobs have multiple benefits for students.
You don’t believe me, do you?
Here are 16 reasons why you should hold a part-time job.
1. Earn money
Let’s face it; students work to make ends meet.
Students’ financial situation is often pretty tight. They have little or no money.
At the same time, they also have many expenses: tuition, dorm room, textbooks, food… you name it!
So when it comes to making money, every little bit helps.
2. 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!
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 boost your resume, even if it’s not in your field of study. It shows the employer that you are dedicated, responsible, and somewhat accustomed to the professional world.
3. Learn time management
Benjamin Franklin once said: “time is money.”
And just like money, time needs to be managed appropriately.
Going to classes, studying, and working makes for a busy schedule. So working students only have two choices:
- Learning time management skills
- Not completing all their tasks on time
Time management, that’s how students learn how to balance work and school.
4. Develop interpersonal skills
Many part-time jobs involve collaboration with different people.
It’s an excellent opportunity to develop some interpersonal skills:
- Receptiveness to feedback
- Workplace etiquette
- Relationship management
- Showing appreciation
Once you have developed one of these skills, don’t forget to emphasize it in your CV.
Employers actively look for applicants who can work collaboratively and communicate effectively.
5. Start networking
A part-time job is an excellent opportunity to build professional relationships that open up career opportunities.
And that’s true even if you do not work in your dream company (your employer or coworkers 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!
6. Learn the value of money
When you earn your own salary, you think twice about how you spend it.
That’s why working students tend to have better budgeting and money management skills!
Being financially aware from a young age is very important. Believe me; you don’t want to be drowning in debt because of poor financial management!
7. Get 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 their peers. Having the chance to meet new people and be in a different setting can be a fulfilling experience.
8. Build your identity
Have you ever noticed that when we’re dating, we often ask: ‘What do you do for a living?’.
I find it interesting how our identity is linked to our daily activities.
Having a part-time job will make it easier to give a glimpse of your personality.
You are no just a student anymore; you are a hardworking student.
9. Boost your self-confidence
If you are introverted, a part-time job can help you come out of your shell.
That’s especially true if your job involves customer service or teamwork!
10. Make new friends
It is easy to hang out with your group of friends.
Having a part-time job forces you to get out and interact with new people. It is an excellent opportunity to make new friends.
11. Become more independent
Students often rely on their parents for financial help. As a working student, you will be less reliant on them.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Take on more responsibility
Students who work need to take on more responsibilities.
Taking responsibility takes your power back and gets you OUT of victim mode! Life without excuses allows you to take matters into your own hands and be less reliant on external factors.
15. Minimize your student loan debt
Adding income to your budget by working part-time in college can help you reduce your student loan debt.
16. Receive paid training
Student jobs usually do not require specific training.
However, that’s not always the case. Working as a paid intern for an established company can be a great way to learn invaluable skills. Some companies even offer paid training that could be a great addition to your resume.
Most internships require university students to get on-the-job training. This type of training teaches you the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to work in a specific position. In addition, it can be a boost to your resume if your internship is related to your degree!
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College (or high school) should remain your number one priority. However, before you start working long hours, I recommend reading the following article: how part-time jobs affect grades.