Bringing Home the Bacon

Up until now, I’ve been giving you a few ideas about SAVING money, but what about MAKING money?

Many college students decide to balance class, a part-time job and a social life. With a busy schedule like this, some say at least one aspect is going to get compromised.

While sitting through a statistics lecture and a history discussion then heading straight into a night of cleaning tables might seem like a lot to handle, it’s something to consider. Having a job could put a little extra cash in your pocket and make you stress less. But before you hand in that application to Subway, there are a few things you should consider:

1. How desperately do you need money?

How crucial is it that you have this money right now? Maybe you need cash to pay for your classes, books, food, rent or entertainment. You need to stop and ask yourself if there is any easier alternative at the moment. Can Mom or Dad lend you a little extra cash for groceries? Can you skip out on the weekly trip to the movie theater with your roommates? If you can gather up enough extra cash right now to avoid getting a job, this might be the best idea for now.

2. Will your grades suffer?

Handling a full course load and then the stresses of multiple shifts each week can really take a toll on you mentally and physically. Tacking a job onto an already full week can cut into your time for studying and for sleep and this could hurt your grades. You are here, after all, to get good grades and learn…so think about your priorities. If you think your studies will be drastically affected, maybe start brainstorming some other money-making options like selling a kidney. (Disclaimer: Do not sell your kidney for beer money.)

3. How big is the time commitment?

This goes along with what I was saying before, but if you are able to find a job once or twice a week that just falls during your regular nap time, it might be worth taking for a few extra bucks just so you don’t have to dip into your savings. If you’re gonna be answering phones or swiping people into the dining hall more than you are in class, it might not be worth it.

4. Is this job going to help you in the future?

If you’re deciding whether or not to take on an internship that is in your field of study, you might think differently. Sure, you’re going to need to cut down on your free time to do this, but if you’re learning valuable lessons and making connections that will help you get ahead in the job world after you graduate, it may be more beneficial than not to accept it. If you’re going to be sweeping broken bottles off the pavement then maybe it’s not the right thing for you.

If you decide to go for it and get a job after considering all of this, try this site for help with filling out applications.

The moral of the story? Think before you work. Outweigh the pros and the cons. A part-time job on top of school might be helpful to you, but it’s not for everyone.

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One Response

  1. Very interesting topic for me personally. My son, a sophomore at Eastern, just got a job. I’m glad he’s making some money, BUT, he’s never been the best manager of time. We’ll see.

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