Working in College

By BIANCA HIGH

Bella Tase. Photo by Bianca High.
Bella Tase. Photo by Bianca High.

Pros and Cons of Not Working in College

Some of the pros of not working while attending college would be having more time to focus solely on school and having free time to spend with friends and family. Less stress is also considered a benefit of not working. Students can already feel stressed from their academic demands, especially if they are full-time students, and may not want to add to that stress by getting a part-time job.

One thing that could be seen as a major con of not working by some college students would be not having their own money and having to rely on parents for a lot of financial support.

Not Everyone Has to Work

Kennesaw State University junior, Bella Tase, has ambitions of becoming an occupational therapist and explained that if she had a job she wouldn’t be able to devote as much time to studying as she would like to.

“I think for me getting a job while taking a full load of classes would add too much pressure,” Tase said. “I get stressed out enough over the classes I am taking without having a job.”

She has had the opportunity however, to observe several different occupational therapy centers.

“I don’t get any credit or money for observing but it is relevant to what I want to do with my life later on,” Tase said.

But it Has its Benefits

While it’s easy to assume that having a job while in college will take away time from studying, it can also allow students to gain work experience and improve time management skills.

Although many of the part-time jobs that students often do during college aren’t related to their career choice, they still gain many valuable, transferable skills. For example, working in food service may not be the most glamorous job, but it shows you know how to multi-task, be a team player and speak to the public.

Some students feel that having a job while in college, will help to improve their financial independence and show that they are maturing.

Kennesaw State University senior, Maryana Kleyn, says her parents have started to treat her more like an adult since she has started working.

“They have definitely loosened up the reins a bit and I feel that has a lot to do with the fact I’m not coming to them for money all of the time,” Kleyn said.

She agrees with many working college students that finding a balance between work and school can be tough, but doable.

“It just takes a more conscious effort to plan things out and prioritize things,” Kleyn said. “Students who don’t work are probably just spending their free time goofing off on Facebook, but I chose to make a little extra spending money.”

Working college students also feel that part-time jobs can help their chances in getting an internship. Internships require a resume just like a real job and interview odds can increase if employers feel you’ve established some sort of work ethic as they read through your resume.

Getting an internship

Many employers agree that students should attempt to get an internship in the field of work that they are interested in.

While many debate about whether having a part-time job can help you get an internship or not, employers at SunTrust say it doesn’t hurt.

Dana Russell, CPA at SunTrust_spearheads the internship program within her division.

She says one of the biggest problems she has faced while interviewing candidates is that they don’t know what is expected from a business professional.

“I get the impression that many of them haven’t been interviewed before,” she said.

With competition in the workforce continuing to grow, it is even more important that students learn how to set themselves apart. Not having a proper resume could leave a bad impression with an employer.

“Many of the resumes that I receive from college students are thrown away due to spelling errors and incorrect formatting.” She said.

Companies receive many resumes for open positions they may have, but only a few ever make it to the interview stage.

 

 

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