As a student, you’re perpetually short on time – there are always readings to do, exams to study for, events to attend, friends to see.
If you don’t have to work while you’re in school, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to.
But if you have the choice, I urge you to consider taking on a part-time job even if it’s only for a few hours each week.
In addition to the extra cash there are several upsides of working as a student:
1. You’ll become really good at using your time well
Being busier overall can actually make you more productive, since procrastinating simply isn’t an option.
It will also help you to improve your time-management skills since you’ll have to learn how to be smart with your time to succeed at both school and work.
2. The work experience you gain will be invaluable
Even if it’s not related to what you plan to do after school, a part-time job will give you real-world experience that you just can’t get from a textbook or a lecture.
Plus, it’s a chance to try out jobs you’re considering for your career. You could learn more about what you do (or don’t!) want to achieve professionally.
3. Networking and building long-term professional relationships
Some of the most influential people I’ve ever met have been my employers, and I’ve built relationships with them that have lasted for years. They’ve been good friends and great role models and have given me good references to boot (something I was very thankful for when I started looking for work after finishing my undergrad).
4. It might even help you to recharge
They say that a change is often as good as a rest – working will give your mind a break from school, which will help you feel refreshed when you hit the books after a shift at work.
5. You’ll get more than just a title
You’ll develop useful skills that will help you later on in your career, from learning how to perform well in an interview and understanding the importance of professionalism in a work environment to improving your customer service skills or learning how to use a photocopier.
6. Staff privileges
Finally, many jobs come with perks like discounts on merchandise or free food and drinks during your shift, which can help you to save some of the precious money you’re earning.
So if you’re thinking about whether or not you want to take on a part-time job, make sure you consider the non-monetary benefits to working while you’re still in school. I know that the jobs I had before finishing my degree have been an important factor in shaping who I am today… and I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had – or the people I’ve met – for anything!