Conor Shields looks at the positives, and the negatives, of working in college.
As you may have noticed by now, attending college isn’t exactly a free ride. It often comes with a hefty list of expenses that will punch your bank account around quicker than Mayweather did McGregor. Soon enough, you’re going to realise that your grant money isn’t going to cover as much as you thought and that the bank of Mammy and Daddy may have closed its doors. So you’re left with two choices, scale down the spending or get yourself a job henny!
There is no right or wrong answer to this. Whether or not you decide to work is completely up to you and how it would affect your lifestyle. For some, working is the only way to get through their degree, for others it’s just a topper on their disposable income. So what are the pros and cons of living the Terry Crews in ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ lifestyle (if you don’t get that reference you are far too young) or becoming a self-sustained student? We here at Campus.ie investigate…
Getting all that money honey!
Obviously the first positive aspect working is having extra cash to splash during the week. This one doesn’t need that much explanation. More moolah = lovelier lunches. Simple as. Boojum for brekkie and DiFontaines for dinner. Did somebody say ‘notions’?
Developing that all important C
A part-time job in college can do wonders for that bare CV that’s lurking in your laptop’s hard drive. You may not realise but through working in retail or otherwise, you are developing skills which can potentially help you land that graduate position in the future. Simple things like cash handling, customer service and knowledge of general business will always stick with you and may possibly tip the scales in your favour in possible interviews. Also, employers tend to look favourably on those who work during their time in college. It shows that you are a hard-worker and are persistent, two admirable traits to acquire in your early 20’s.
If you can work here, you can work anywhere!
Apart from the actual ‘work’ side of things, there is a lot more you’ll learn to deal with while working through college. Developing professional relationships, handling difficult situations and being put under pressure are all key experiences that you are unfortunately going to have be put through. But, once you grit your teeth and get on with it. There’s nothing that you won’t be able to handle. When you begin to enter the full-time working world, you’ll be more capable than those who have just started their first job.
Less stress, far more success!
Don’t get me wrong, having money is always a plus. However, a full work rota can impact on your studies. Trying to find the balance between work and college is dreadful and almost unavoidable. Unless you have a FETAC in Organisation, you’re going to struggle when it comes to meeting deadlines. You need to find the right amount of hours that would suit you, but this may not be what your employer wants.
What a lot of students tend to do is work full-time during the summer months, save their hard earned cash and live off that during the semester. It’s tough but definitely worth it when you become the class swot and those essays just roll off your back and into Safe Assign. You’re broke but Grade A broke!
Focus on your passions!
Trying to balance hobbies and a job can end up stifling your passions or even worse, force you to abandon what you love doing the most. Free time is invaluable so it’s worth spending as much of it as you can on honing your skills. You never know, they could end up paying the bills in future!
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