Are you working while attending classes? If not, the extended winter break may be a good time to weigh the pros and cons of working part time or temporarily during the spring semester.
Working just five to 10 hours a week while attending college full time has many benefits:
- The extra cash can help reduce your need to borrow for college costs.
- A job, whether it’s in your intended career field or not, helps you obtain experience and build up your resume.
- You will gain important time management skills by learning to balance your academic and work schedules.
It’s important to put academics first, but a job during your college years can really pay off if your schedule and classwork allow it.
Finding a Job
If you determine that you can handle the demands of a part-time job, you can start searching while on break.
- Look for on-campus opportunities. You can use your college’s career services or job boards to see if there are any openings on campus. Because colleges understand your first job is attending classes, on-campus jobs typically offer the most flexibility with schedules. Another great idea is checking with professors or department heads in your field of study to see if they have part-time or short-term needs that may not be posted elsewhere.
- Check with local staffing agencies. While restaurants and retail positions provide typical opportunities for college students, working temporary office openings through a staffing agency now can really benefit you after you graduate and are looking for your first career. You’ll have experience working in office settings, and the people you work with may be able to help you with networking and introductions to other opportunities once you’re ready to graduate.
- Think about freelancing. Some skills and knowledge can translate perfectly to a freelance situation. If you are driven to work on projects by yourself and like setting your own schedule, consider what you can offer to businesses large and small. Smaller businesses might need someone to overhaul their website, redo their store’s layout to optimize customers’ experiences or design logos and graphics to stand out from their competition. Larger business may need help on one or two copyediting projects, translating content to a language you’ve mastered or coding smaller projects an IT team doesn’t have time to focus on.
By: Iowa Student Loan