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How To Balance Work And Being A Full Time Student

Living as a college student is very expensive. A lot of young adults enter college with little knowledge of the amount of money they would be spending/how to manage that spending to make it most beneficial to them. So how can full-time students manage getting their degree, and making money part time?

Finding an off-campus job is way easier than you might assume. In most college towns there are many places that will hire young adults to do entry level service jobs. The work is equal to your high school summer servers, coffee shops, retail work, food service (supermarkets), etc. that are looking to hire. How to actually go about getting these jobs is up to the student themselves.  

However, before we can even get to acquiring a job, we need to remember what comes first, preparing an eye-catching resume. Even if you don’t have a ton of experience, if you present what you have in a professional and clean-cut format, many employers will be impressed by that dedication. Don’t know how to format a resume? No problem, there are many websites online that offer free resume templates, all you have to do is fill in your specific information and qualifications. In addition, Microsoft Word, a college student’s best friend, has templates that are easy and straightforward to use as well.

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Just make sure you present yourself well, Natalie Severt, a resume building expert for says “the top of your resume is the penthouse, the most important piece of real estate on your document.”

This is where you’re going to grab your potential employer’s attention and show them who you are as a person, but more importantly, as an employee. Next, don’t be afraid to really spread out your application throughout multiple places. Less isn’t always more!

Most colleges offer on campus “work study” jobs. Jobs under this category are normally reserved for any student who is dependent on financial aid, so if that’s you this might be a great option to look into! Since it’s through your college/university, the job will work with your class schedule to make sure you have the easiest work schedule for yourself, and are able to make a decent amount of money as well. If you’re not dependent on financial aid through the school, most colleges still offer many on campus jobs and opportunities for anyone trying to make some extra cash. These jobs are all specific to your particular place of education, so log onto the university website or your personal portal account with the school to look for potential places to work. Your portal accounts can normally also be a great resource for finding internships as well!

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In addition to work study and internship opportunities, you school should also have a Career Resource Center of some kind on campus. This is an extremely valuable resource to use not only for internships and jobs that you need during your time in undergrad, but also for your post-graduation career. Normally you can just walk in and read from a bunch of pamphlet resources for your specific work field. Making an appointment with an adviser in the center is most likely your best bet, as this will ensure that you have a specific chunk of time dedicated just for you and an adviser to discuss any career oriented questions you may have for the present and/or future. 

It’s important to be clear from the beginning about your schedule with potential employers. All applications include an “availability” section, this would be the spot to put in your class schedule. In addition, before you even end up applying, think of how much you actually want to work. After the first few weeks of the semester, it’s pretty easy to understand what your workload is going to be on a weekly basis. You need to make sure you give yourself the time to do that work while balancing hours at a job, and leaving some leisure time for yourself. A good way to map that out is to create a personal calendar for yourself. Mark the days you have class and what the hours are. In addition, a planner will allow you to write out what assignments are due when, and in addition what time slots on what days you should give to yourself to do these assignments. Organization is a crucial aspect of being a student in general, so when you add in an occupation, it’s just a matter of balance and laying out how much you can handle on a weekly basis. 

Use your online sources, write out a great resume. Don’t limit yourself to applying to one job, and schedule out every weekly responsibility you have to leave some leisure time for yourself. Looking at your time management written down can lead you down a path of earning a diploma, and making some cash along the way.