Junior Job View: Saving money and skills through student job

College is supposed to be some of the best years of your life, but it doesn’t come cheap. Between the actual tuition, room and board, food and other expenses, the prices really start to pile up. More and more often, students are working additional jobs to help offset the costs after they graduate or to help their parents pay off school. As for me, I work two jobs to help pay for everything.
Working at a job during college can really cut into your free time. Depending on how much you work, you can be left with less time to get your homework done, to study and to just hang out with your friends. I know it’s hard to turn my friends down when they text me to hang out, and I have to tell them I’m at work. It also isn’t fun when I have homework to do after I get off of work, since I work nights. Sometimes because of work, I have to stay up much later than I would have had to otherwise. I know that a lot of college students pull all-nighters, but I feel like I’ve done a lot more of them because I hold two jobs. The worst part is that if you have work and a full class schedule the next day, you end up spending the entire day like a zombie.
The upside to working a job while being a full-time student is the money. It is nice not to have that “broke college student” frame of mind. It’s great to have a little bit of money, unless you have to pay for your tuition because if you do, the cash will fly out of your bank account fast. If you can manage to save a little bit on the side here and there, you can have spending money to use on food, school supplies or anything you may actually want or need, which is always nice to have.
If you manage not to let your work affect your grades, having a job can also look good on your résumé. Seeing that you worked through college and still managed to pull good grades can give you the competitive edge you need to “wow” a potential employer.
Sure, a job may cut into your free time, but to be honest, a lot of that time would be spent checking your Facebook page. This way, you’re at least putting your time to a better use and making money while doing so. If you work so you can make some extra spending money, then you don’t constantly have to worry about not having sufficient funds. If you’re working towards paying for your college education, then it will all pay off in the long run. Working during college can be a really rewarding experience and can help to teach you better time management skills, which you can take with you for your future career.

-Eric Hinrichsen
Junior accounting and CIS major

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