Work while attending college?

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Many people do seek employment while they are attending college, but it isn't for everyone. There are some pros and cons to it.
It's nice to have a choice but few do. Usually, there is a need to bring in some sort of income. When that's the case, there being only 24 hours in your day, something will have to go. Usually it's your beauty rest that goes first.
Pros
Working while going to college can help to get your foot in the door with certain employers. Then they will be more likely to hire you once you are done with your college. This sure beats having to start from scratch finding a job.
Working will help you to have some job experience gained while in the workplace. Many employers prefer that to a fresh college graduate that has no work experience at all. It doesn't matter if your work experience relates to your education or not.
You will get a taste of the job interview experience. You might have to deal with a little rejection. You'll learn to deal with it and perhaps grow from it. Your next interview might unfold differently if you are better prepared.
Having some extra money in your pocket during your college years is always nice. Plus, working will help you to meet some people. If your school is in a distant city, this is a great way for you to meet people who don't have anything to do with your education. It can be a nice break from studies and classes.
In some instances, you can narrow down what you want to do with your education by working during college. You may find that some areas of work aren't a good fit for you. It is decidedly better to find that out now before you travel too far down the wrong road.
For example, you may think you want to be an accountant but working in such an office for a few months could change your mind. Or, it could do the opposite -it could strengthen your determination to become an accountant.
Cons
College can be time consuming between classes and study time. When you add a job in there, you may find that you are tired and not getting all of your work done. Work shouldn't cause you to not get your homework done or not to be well prepared for class time. Having said that, it is of course, what everyone goes through. If you're taking classes and need money the usual way to get it is to find a job somewhere.
Trying to juggle a job with your college studies can cut into your time to hang out with friends. This could make you feel like the outsider of your group at school. You need to make sure your job allows you to balance and to have enough free time.
Some employers will change your schedule without notice. They don't care if you are going to college or not. They make you feel pressured to cut classes in order to cover shifts or to finish up certain tasks before you go. This can cause a great deal of stress for you.
Let's Be Real
Taking college courses is not stress free. Lack of money is stressful. Balancing course load with work schedule is stressful at times. Chronic sleep deprivation is stressful. Overall, it's quite the juggling act -and no one said it's easy. Unless you're a trust baby, you will be challenged to get it all done. (If you are a trust baby, you'll find some other reason to get stressed -it just won't be money related -or, shouldn't be).
You may find solace in the fact that countless thousands that came before you were faced with the same set of challenges. Your parents and the parents of everyone you know did it. Now it is your turn. Things have a way of working themselves out.
To further explore the beauty of knowing exactly what career is right for you, visit: Under Employed and Over Educated. You may find yourself questioning your assumptions.
For help in polishing up your job interview skills, a great resource can be found here: The STAR Interview Method
Many people do seek employment while they are attending college, but it isn't for everyone. There are some pros and cons to it.

It's nice to have a choice but few do. Usually, there is a need to bring in some sort of income. When that's the case, there being only 24 hours in your day, something will have to go. Usually it's your beauty rest that goes first.

Pros
Working while going to college can help to get your foot in the door with certain employers. Then they will be more likely to hire you once you are done with your college. This sure beats having to start from scratch finding a job.

Working will help you to have some job experience gained while in the workplace. Many employers prefer that to a fresh college graduate that has no work experience at all. It doesn't matter if your work experience relates to your education or not.

You will get a taste of the job interview experience. You might have to deal with a little rejection. You'll learn to deal with it and perhaps grow from it. Your next interview might unfold differently if you are better prepared.

Having some extra money in your pocket during your college years is always nice. Plus, working will help you to meet some people. If your school is in a distant city, this is a great way for you to meet people who don't have anything to do with your education. It can be a nice break from studies and classes.

In some instances, you can narrow down what you want to do with your education by working during college. You may find that some areas of work aren't a good fit for you. It is decidedly better to find that out now before you travel too far down the wrong road.

For example, you may think you want to be an accountant but working in such an office for a few months could change your mind. Or, it could do the opposite -it could strengthen your determination to become an accountant.

Cons
College can be time consuming between classes and study time. When you add a job in there, you may find that you are tired and not getting all of your work done. Work shouldn't cause you to not get your homework done or not to be well prepared for class time. Having said that, it is of course, what everyone goes through. If you're taking classes and need money the usual way to get it is to find a job somewhere.

Trying to juggle a job with your college studies can cut into your time to hang out with friends. This could make you feel like the outsider of your group at school. You need to make sure your job allows you to balance and to have enough free time.

Some employers will change your schedule without notice. They don't care if you are going to college or not. They make you feel pressured to cut classes in order to cover shifts or to finish up certain tasks before you go. This can cause a great deal of stress for you.

Let's Be Real
Taking college courses is not stress free. Lack of money is stressful. Balancing course load with work schedule is stressful at times. Chronic sleep deprivation is stressful. Overall, it's quite the juggling act -and no one said it's easy. Unless you're a trust baby, you will be challenged to get it all done. (If you are a trust baby, you'll find some other reason to get stressed -it just won't be money related -or, shouldn't be).

You may find solace in the fact that countless thousands that came before you were faced with the same set of challenges. Your parents and the parents of everyone you know did it. Now it is your turn. Things have a way of working themselves out.

To further explore the beauty of knowing exactly what career is right for you, visit: Under Employed and Over Educated. You may find yourself questioning your assumptions.

For help in polishing up your job interview skills, a great resource can be found here: The STAR Interview Method.

By Dave Potts 

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