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Why Career Coaching Professionals Recommend Students Get a Part Time Job

Cecile Peterkin -- As a student, you may think that shouldering a job in addition to all your other college demands may not be such a good idea. Think again. The benefits you'll gain while working in school can help prepare you for career success later.

One of the most important skills an individual can develop in college is the ability to manage time. In college, you have to find a way to balance studying, working out, socializing, going to clubs, having fun with friends, and other activities. Finding enough time to do all these things requires a lot of discipline, especially if you decide to have a part time job.

Now, you might be wondering why you should get a job if you’re not in deep financial trouble.

Well, as a college student, you can benefit from working while still in school. This may not sound like a good idea for a freshman who still has to adjust to the hectic lifestyle of a university student. But for upperclassmen, getting a job is definitely something to be considered.

So what can you gain from having a part time job while still in college?

To earn extra money

Clearly, one huge advantage of having a part time job is the income. While it is true that the amount of money you will earn from a part time job will not be enough to live on, it can at least give you some cash for your rent, car insurance, or anything you want to buy for yourself.

To develop budgeting skills

Knowing how to handle finances responsibly is a very important skill you can use in life, and there is no better way to learn this than while you’re still a college student. By getting a part time job, you have a chance to actually have your own savings. You will know the value of the money you worked hard for, and you will eventually learn how to use it sensibly.

To grow your network

Working part time also means being part of a business, organization, or a small company. This means meeting a lot of different people from whom you can learn much. Plus, it's a great way for you to build a network, especially of professionals who can help your career in the future. Also, the relationships you build in your job can guarantee reliable references for your resume later on.

To gain real work and life experience

In addition to work experience you gain from a part time job, you have an excellent opportunity to gain some life experience. Having to work with colleagues, attend meetings, and complete projects by a due date are the types of experience that can only help you no matter what career you pursue.

To learn the value of keeping balance in life

If you’ve got too many things to do, you will have to develop skills to prioritize your time and maintain a consistent schedule so that you can get everything done. This is a tough act, according to even career coaching experts. But, if you are successful in managing your time and keeping the balance in your life, there is a good chance that you will be happy in your professional and personal life in the future.

Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach, and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation. She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Center, provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe.

© 2015 Cecile Peterkin

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