Introduction

University students face a lot. Between classes, homework, and extracurricular activities, it can be challenging to find the time to work on campus or at a local coffee shop. But even though it may be difficult to find the time for a part-time job while you're in school, doing so is important for your long-term career success. Here are some reasons why every college student should consider working part-time while they're in school:

Gain experience

Working part-time is a great way to gain valuable work experience, build your resume and make some extra cash. Whether you're looking for a summer job or something that will keep you afloat during school breaks, there are plenty of opportunities out there for students like yourself!

To get started:

  • Check out the online jobs boards in your college town. Most colleges have lists of on-campus jobs and internships posted online (sometimes even before classes begin), so do some research before going into an interview and see what kinds of positions are available. If nothing else, this will give you an idea of the types of companies in your area. Also note which employers typically hire students some might be willing to hire someone young while others may prefer experienced workers only or stick with their own employees throughout the year regardless if they're students or not. You can also look up some companies currently hiring near campus to see what type(s) business/industry they operate within as well as what kind(s) position(s) they offer!

Learn time management skills

In today's world, it's impossible to succeed without learning how to manage your time. If you don't have a job, then you're going to learn these skills by default. You'll be forced to prioritize what matters most and what doesn't matter at all. You'll learn how to say “no” or “yes” based on the demands of your day instead of just saying yes because it sounds like fun (or maybe even because you feel guilty). In short, working part-time teaches students how they should live their lives: by managing time wisely.

Some needed income

Let's assume you've got a few bills to pay. Your rent is past due, and the landlord isn't playing games with his eviction notices. Your power company has been threatening to cut off your electricity unless you cough up some cash. You're also trying to find an extra $20 for food this month, since your last pay check was short by $50 after taxes (and before taxes).

The good news is that this list of needs can be easily filled by working part-time at a fast-food restaurant or grocery store. The bad news is that it will take months before those minimum wage jobs start paying off in full enough amounts to pay all those bills on time, if ever at all! But hey a job isn't just about the money; it should also teach valuable lessons like how money doesn't grow on trees and if you want something done right, do it yourself!

Boost self-confidence

  • You'll learn to manage your time.
  • You'll learn to be more responsible.
  • You'll learn to interact with people.
  • You'll learn to work in a team.
  • And, most importantly, you'll likely feel more confident in yourself and your abilities as a result of the experience.


Working part-time is a great way for students to gain the experience they need for their future careers. It's also a great way to learn time management skills and get a little extra income, all while boosting your self-confidence.

If you're interested in working part-time, there are many different types of jobs that can fit your schedule and interests. For example, if you're looking for more hours than what you could get from campus employment or an internship (especially during breaks), consider applying at local restaurants or bars that hire hourly employees. You can apply on the restaurant website or visit their location directly to inquire about available positions. Another idea is working as a tutor; there are many online platforms where people can post ads seeking tutors, including Wyzant and TutorVista (in fact these sites have so many listings that even hiring managers will be able to find help!). If tutoring isn't something that appeals to you personally but teaching does then check out this list of schools who hire teachers on Indeed.

Conclusion

Working a part-time job is a great way for students to get the experience they need for the workplace. If you’re looking to make some extra money, we recommend applying at your local fast-food restaurant or retail store!