One large hurdle for many college students is how to pay for school. Between student loans, scholarships and grants you may still need or want a little extra cash. One way to earn that cash is to have a part-time job while you’re in school. In 2011 more than 79 percent of students worked part-time while attending college according to Maguire Associates. I am proud to be included within this statistic. Currently I work three jobs while still being involved on campus and keeping up with my classes. Am I superwoman? No, not quite. Working 25 to 30 hours a week, taking 15 credits and still finding time to do the things I love isn’t easy but it’s definitely not impossible. It just takes time-management, willpower and dedication.
Below are my top four tips on how to successfully manage a part-time job while being a full-time college student.
- Start Out Slowly
During my first semester freshman year I had one part-time job, where I worked five hours a week. It’s important not to overbook yourself. By starting out with only a few hours a week I was able to ease myself into a schedule that involved work and school without using up all my energy. Then, at the end of your first semester if you want to take on more hours you can — just build slowly.
- Buy a Planner… and USE IT!
When you start your classes you will have a mess of exam dates, project due dates, paper due dates and so much more running through your head. Then on top of that add your scheduled work hours. All those dates and times can be hard to remember, so write them down. That way you’ll never miss a due date and you’ll (hopefully) never be late for work.
- Try to Find an On-Campus Job
On-campus jobs are as wonderful as seeing a double rainbow. …Which in my eyes is pretty wonderful. Working on campus allows for minimum travel time (normally less than five minutes walking), flexible schedules around your classes and it’s a great way to learn more about your university. You don’t have to have a car and the short travel time allows you to work in between your classes.
- Know Your Limits
While working a part-time job (or three) there are many personal and professional benefits other than money. But, it is important not to over do it. A phrase I have heard time and time again here at UW Oshkosh is: “You have your whole life to work.” Make sure you enjoy your time as a college student, get involved in campus events and try to find a job you enjoy.
Well there you have it! There’s my list.
My part-time jobs on campus have made my experience here at UW Oshkosh awesome. I’ve been able to fill up my resume with relevant work experience and my pockets with cash all while excelling in my classes and enjoying all that UW Oshkosh has to offer. If you want more information on how to get a campus job check out one of my other blogs on the topic here. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me on Facebook at Jenell at UWO.