Three Reasons to Work a Part-Time Job During College

Part Time Job Sign on Post-Its There are many reasons that make having a part-time college job both important and worthwhile. However, with a full class load, volunteering or other extracurricular activities, you may be wondering if a part-time job is possible for you. If you find yourself in this predicament, read on to learn some of the benefits of working part time.

Working Hard for Your Money

1. Money – One of the immediate benefits of having a part-time job in college is earning and having extra spending money. Whether you use it to spend on food, gas, going out, etc. having the flexibility of your own cash flow can definitely come in handy. It gives you the independence to buy the things you want or need and not have to rely on your parents or someone else to buy things for you.

Stepping Stones to a Future Career

2. Experience – You may be wondering how to get a part-time job during college when you have no prior experience. Depending on where you are going to school and what you are studying, finding a part-time job during college could be easier for you than you think. For starters, head on over to your school’s career counselor or faculty adviser and talk to him or her about your career goals. He or she will likely be able to point you in the right direction and help you find part-time work that enables you to break into your field of choice and start getting the experience you need to begin your career on the right foot after you graduate.

Time Management Leads to Great Things like Accountability

3. Accountability – Though it may seem hard to believe, when you are busy you will likely get more stuff done than when you are not busy. Having a part-time job in college means you are being held accountable for more than just completing your school work. And more often than not, when you have to prioritize many different things, you will find that you get more accomplished then when you don’t prioritize your schedule. This happens because when there isn’t much going on, you have the flexibility of putting off your school reading until a later time because you don’t have anything else to do. However, when you have to be at work, you don’t have the freedom of just finishing a project “later,” you have to do it now. Therefore, by having part-time work, you are likely setting yourself up to be more successful in your classes.

What reasons do you have for working a part-time job in college? We’d love to hear from you!

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.