College can an adventurous time in one’s life filled with weekend road trips, concerts, and late night meals with friends. However, none of these activities are possible without one thing- money. One of the easiest ways to make money as a full-time student is by working on-campus. On-campus jobs are a perfect way for a full-time student to become more involved on campus while also earning a little extra cash.
One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to get involved on-campus is by getting employed on-campus! Jobs on-campus give students a place where they can meet and interact with their peers while working. These jobs also allow students to meet university staff and professors. This connection may lead to a recommendation for the students after graduation. On-campus jobs can give students a sense of pride for his/her school and a feeling of contribution to the university.
Many off-campus jobs force students to work many long shifts during the middle of the week. While this may result in a good paycheck, it will also lead to many long nights filled with trying to catch up with schoolwork and studying which results in unneeded stress and little sleep. On-campus employers know the demands that students must meet academically and will plan hours around a student’s schedule. Many colleges also place a limit on the amount of hours a student is allowed to work. My school, Winthrop University, sets the limit at 20 hours per week for full-time students. All of this planning could result in multiple short shifts in between classes throughout the week instead of long 6-9 hour shifts.
Increase Academic Performance
Although some students make the excuse that working in college can hurt their academics, don’t listen to them! Studies have proven that working (with a limited schedule) can improve a student’s academic performance. A 2009 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal study claimed that students who worked up to 12 hours a week had higher Bachelor graduation rates than students who did not work. However, this rate drops as hours rise over 15 hours a week.
Working while in school can also be a great way to gain experience and develop professional skills needed for post-graduation jobs. Whether it’s tutoring, assisting a professor with a science lab, or working for the campus newspaper; jobs related to almost all majors can be found throughout campus. These jobs can develop needed skill such as communication, time management, and organization. Showing future employers that you worked during college can also be a big advantage in interviews for future jobs.
Whether it’s needed to start paying off student debt or just for a fun weekend away with friends, the extra money can be a big boost to a student’s budget. On-campus jobs typically pay much better than minimum wage fast food cashiers and may offer incentives. Having a consistent cash inflow can also teach students helpful money management skills before they graduate.
If you want to find out more about what on-campus job openings your university offers stop by the Career or Student Life centers. Jobs are always available and employers are willing to work around a full-time class schedule. Don’t be afraid to start immediately and get to work!