MMoney is a big concern for most people who go to school. There’s a reason that the old trope about the broke college student exists. Between textbooks and tuition there isn’t a lot leftover for basic needs like food or fun. As a result, many students end up doing one of two things: 1) they pester their family members for a couple bucks a week, something that inevitably makes all their relatives mad, or 2) they get a job. Getting a job can help them immensely and it can solve most financial issues, however, there are some downsides. Before running out to look for work students need to understand the advantages, and disadvantages, that come with getting a job.
Having a job is a great way to cover expenses. A steady stream of income makes it easy to pay the rent, buy groceries, and even splurge on some entertainment. Additionally, it makes students more independent and prepares them for the real world. School is all about getting people ready for their careers. By getting a job, even if it’s just something at a supermarket or a pizza place, you learn how a business actually works. You have to take on responsibilities and people depend on you. It provides the type of life experience that college can’t always capture.
The downside to working while attending school is that it will cut into your free time. Aside from not being able to socialize as much, your attention will become divided and you will also have fewer hours to study and work on projects. This distraction can be dangerous if it isn’t handled properly and might lower your grades. This could hurt you far more in the long run than getting fired or quitting work would. You need to remind yourself that school is your priority, think of the bigger picture and of your future and of where your education fits into all that.
A healthy balance
If you get a job make sure to tell your employer that you are a student. They will usually be more flexible and sympathetic to you this way. Try and chose a schedule with fewer hours so that you still have plenty of time to study. Also, be sure keep your boss posted when school events like midterms and finals are approaching, this way you can make the necessary adjustments if needed.
Getting a job while you are in school is a great idea, but be sure to keep your priorities straight. You can still focus on your schoolwork while making money on the side. By creating a healthy balance between the two, you won’t have to worry about buying things and you’ll have plenty of time to work on your college courses.