Studies show that working 10-15 hours a week can help you budget your time and perform better in college. However, working more than 20 hours a week often negatively affects academic performance. Find that right balance for you and you could enjoy the benefits of reducing the amount of money you borrow for college and gain work experience. Part-time work also looks great on your resume. Don't miss out on the opportunity to help boost your hiring potential.
Most schools will hire students for various jobs and/or offer work-study programs where you might work in places like the library, academic departments, student center, dining hall or other places around campus. There are quite a few benefits to working an on-campus job.
- Location - You can't beat the location. You'll already be on campus for classes so the commute will be easy.
- Major Related - If your work assignment is related to your major, you can gain valuable experience and references for your resume.
- Flexible Schedule - Most on-campus supervisors understand the responsibilities of a college student and tend to be more flexible around class schedules.
Check with the financial aid office at your college to see what options are available.
Many employers near college campuses will hire students on a part-time basis. When considering an off-campus job, be sure to keep these things in mind:
- Transportation - How will you get to work? How long is the commute? What will it cost to get there?
- Time Requirements - Will your work schedule accommodate your class schedule? How well can you balance classes, classwork and job demands?
- Less Flexibility - Some employers are not as flexible as others and may expect you to work when you need to be studying or taking an exam.
Internships are a great way to get real job experience and boost your employment opportunities after graduation. But not all internships are created equal.
- Some are a few hours per week with no pay
- Some are full-time jobs during a semester/summer with or without pay
- Some are part of a cooperative education program that your school sets up with an employer that gives you a chance to work full-time for a semester for on-the-job experience and a salary.
Check with your academic advisor at your college to see what internship opportunities are available.