One of the best things I ever did in college was holding a job throughout the four and a half years I attended. I was actually laid off midway through my first year of college, and decided that I would concentrate more on my studies instead of finding a second job. Believe it or not, my GPA actually suffered as a result of not being employed. I made excuses about when I would study because I had all the time in the world. Instead, I did not utilize my time at all and wasted my time doing various other things. After running out of money, I got another job in the restaurant business working part time. I found that this helped me focus more on my studies because I knew I had an allotted time of when I was actually able to do my work. Having a job throughout college may seem like a hindrance, but in many ways it can help you. It allows you to have a salary so you can do the things you want to, it can stop you from taking you so many loans, and it can also help with job experience.
You may feel like having a job throughout college may be difficult to balance with studies, but depending on where you are employed, you can work around your busy schedule and make sure you have enough time for everything. What are some jobs that are available to college students? Here are a few of them.
One of the nice things about working in a restaurant is if you are a server, you walk out with cash at the end of each night. If you don't start as a server, that's okay, there are host, bus boy, and various other positions that you can be hired to do. I had no previous serving experience, so I started off as a bus boy before working my way up. Many restaurants hire college students and know that they need to have fairly flexible schedules so they will work with you to make sure you have decent shifts. One of the major down sides to working at a restaurant, however, is the ability to be able to work weekends. If you are someone who likes to go enjoy the weekends fully, a restaurant position may not be best for you. Most people make their money on Friday-Sunday, so being open to working the weekends is a must in most restaurants. Restaurants are also a great to may connections with people, and the person you serve could just be your next boss. I ended up landing an internship with a local college because I served the athletic director.
It may not be the most glorious job checking tickets and popping popcorn, but working at a theater is something that does not have to be a high stress job. Making sure people don't sneak into the theater and passing out the snacks is simple enough, and on top of that, you get to see free movies. My brother in law worked for a theater for a while, and I was able to see plenty of free movies with him. You'll make lots of friends if people know you can see the latest Twilight movie at no charge. Go team Edward! *shudder*
If you are someone who wants to stay on campus, or doesn't have transportation to get to a place of employment, look into work study. Generally speaking, work study is included in people's option to take out financial aid. The positions vary, and chances are you can find something that you'll enjoy. Work study is a plus because the money that you make can generally get plugged right back into your tuition so it avoids the necessity of taking out more college loans. Having a work study job also means that you pay nearly no government taxes for holding the position. This means that the money you make won't get taxed a ton, and you'll have more to bring home at the end of the day.
These are just a few of the many jobs that are available to college students. I highly encourage you to look into your options. Having a job in college is great because it gives you spending money, and it also prepares you for working after graduation as well. Bookrags.com has a good article on finding a job during your college years. I encourage you to check it out.
Do you/did you work while in college?