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Is Getting a Part-Time Job in College Beneficial to Your Career Planning?

Cecile Peterkin -- There are many benefits to having a part-time job in college. But you also have to take into consideration what you may be giving up along the way. In the end, it's about finding balance.

It is very common for college or university students to take up part-time jobs. Aside from the opportunity to earn money, young people see it as a chance to prepare themselves for their future life after school. While there seem to be a number of benefits to getting a part-time job, you should still ask yourself if it's the right path for you. Before you decide to apply for a part-time job while you're still a college student, be sure to take these things into consideration:

Money

The most popular reason why students decide to take on a part-time job is to earn some extra money. There's no doubt that having a job is a huge advantage in terms of boosting your finances, but you have to understand that not all jobs offer good salaries. Thus, it's important that you consider the possible expenses you will incur, such as food and transportation, when you get a job.

Time

The old saying is still very true -- Time is Gold. There is no way you can turn back the hands of time, so it's vital that you make good use of your time. You have to make sure that the job you get will not take up too much of your time. There are part-time jobs that may require you to work extended hours at night, which is not favorable to you as a student. Also, make sure that your job will not affect your studies.

Commitment

The thought of going to college is always exciting for teenagers, because it means they get to enjoy some extent of freedom. It is also when you can make a lot of good memories with friends. If you decide to take on a part-time job, that means you will be making a commitment to something important -- and this could take away some of the freedom you always wanted to enjoy. Take note that socializing is good for your personal development, so it's important that your part-time job not be a reason to keep you from having a healthy social life.

Legal rights

Even part-time employees have rights that employers need to respect, and you should be aware of all of them. Not all employers comply with the rules and regulations on hiring part-time workers. It's your job to know your rights so that you will not be abused or mistreated at work. Before taking a job offer, be sure to examine the job description closely, and be aware of all your entitlements, as well.

Conclusion

Yes, there are many benefits to having a part-time job in college. But you also have to consider what you may lose along the way, such as time and freedom. It's crucial that you find the balance between your studies and your job because, at the end of the day, all these will play a role in your career planning for your 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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