Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Why Working in College Works

As some of you may know I worked at the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem my freshman year. It was one of the most rewarding and one of my favorite parts of my time at school. I learned a lot of valuable skills while still having fun every time I came into work. That's why I would 100% recommend getting a job while in college. 

For me, the difference between working in high school and working in college is that in college you have so much more free time. You are not stuck in school from 8-4 every day. In college, you probably have 2 or 3 classes a day. I love having classes in the morning so I always scheduled my classes so that I would have the afternoons free. I would then work from 12-4, leaving myself plenty of time at night to do homework/study. I would do this 2-3 times a week depending on their need and my schedule. I usually worked on average 8-12 hours a week. This gave me some spending money to allow me to do fun things while in college.

My job was through work study at my school. The benefit of this is that your employer has to be respectful of your class schedule, exams, and other academic needs. It's a job set up knowing school comes first. It also has the added bonus that it is usually on campus, perfect for students without a car. My work study was actually off campus but it is one of the few exceptions. The downside is that it usually pays minimum wage, but in my opinion the fact that they are understanding that school comes first makes it worth it. All in all, I definitely recommend getting a job through work study if possible. 

If you are unable to get a job through work study, there is always the option to work retail or at a restaurant nearby. This would give you, even more, flexibility as you'll probably be able to work evenings and weekends which is wasn't able to do with my work study job. It also likely pays more. Though you may have more trouble balancing it with school as your employer may need you to work more hours than you would in a work study job.

But most importantly a job gives you valuable working experience, which will serve you well upon graduation. It serves as a great resume booster when trying to get a summer job or applying for different positions. And it also taught me how to make better use of my time. I learned how to plan ahead and be efficient to make sure that I get everything done. Yes it was a bit of a balancing act at times but I wouldn't trade my experience at my job for anything, and fingers crossed that I'll be back there next year!

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