How to manage a job while in college
College can be very time consuming and so when your parents tell you “you will be completely cut off if you don’t get a job,” it makes things complicated but you will be willing to fight to find a job in order to avoid being completely cut off. A few extra tips on how to balance having a job while also being in college could potentially help you get through the difficulties that may be ahead on your job hunt.
What better place to start looking for a job then on campus? If you have a decent amount of classes you can cut wasteful time by getting a job right on campus. At most colleges there are a separate office that list jobs that are looking to be filled on the campus. These may include working in the food court, library, bookstore, gym etc. It makes it much more convenient and easier to manage than having to commute somewhere for work. And sometimes you will receive benefits based on the amount of hours you work, as well as free access to certain things that are normally covered by tuition.
Be prepared to make major sacrifice based on the amount of class you have. When you give the amount of hours that you are able to work, of course think of hours during the week that you will be available but more importantly keep in mind those Saturdays and Sunday nights that you are sitting around doing nothing or out with your friends. If you are in a position where you are offered a job that takes up some of your weekends, take it. If you are desperately in need of money you should make the sacrifice of a few weekends.
Do not overwork/ overbook yourself. You have to keep in mind that you are not superhuman. Without enough sleep, relaxation time, or even just a couple breaks throughout your days, you will be running yourself into the ground and could potentially hurt other areas of your health. You need to plan your schedule with your rest/break times included. In the end you will be thanking yourself when you have those days that you are so tired you can’t even see straight.
The management of a job as well as schoolwork all depends on your self control and time management. If you take the time to really plan it out, you will be successful in maintaining your school work and a job but finding a moment to relax without being overworked. Stick with these tips and you can build a successful future not only with new responsibility but your time management on top of that.
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