Pros and Cons of Having a Job While Studying

March 23rd, 2015 by Pearson

At some point during your studies, you’ll consider taking up a job locally, or even on campus. Some people might not have a choice in the matter, whereas others might want to do it for the experience. In order to make the right decision, we’ve taken into account several factors that can help you make your final ruling.

Pro: Extra Cash
Of course this would be number one on the list. Students are notorious for being broke, and eating 2minute noodles with half-loaf bunny chows on a daily basis. However, with a job, you’ll have your own source of income – hello real food!

Con: Time Constraint
While your classmates go grab a quick coffee before heading home to study, you have to rush to make it to work on time. This means that for the next five hours, you’re stuck there, while they go over those complicated taxation notes that you don’t really understand. This leaves you studying way into the night in order to catch up on course work.

Pro: Experience
If you’re able to land a position in a field that you’re currently studying, then good for you! The onsite knowledge you gain will help you with your course work, and you can make smart connections with people working in the industry. As the saying goes, it’s not what you know, but rather, who you know.

Con: Weekends
If you take up a job in the service or retail industry, that means your weekends are pretty much spoken for. Sure you’ll get a morning or evening off but you’d probably have to beg and plead with your superior if you want that full weekend pass.

Pro: Balance
Once you’ve graduated college, you’re going to have to become employed eventually. By working through your studying years, you learn how to cope with balancing a job and your life. This equips you to walk into that awesome starter position, without needing to spend the first few weeks adjusting.

Con: Balance
On the flip side, you have to learn how to balance working and studying, with such limited time. You’ll eventually get the hang of it, but when exam time comes, it’s going to get hectic. Your boss should be aware that you’re still a student, so ask them in advance for a study day before your exams, with enough notice, they’ll understand.

Pro: Dealing with Situations
At the time, it might not seem like a pro, but having a job teaches you about dealing with unusual situations. For instance, adhering to customer complaints and learning how to keep your cool when people are being irrational. Expect to have to compromise with your employer, and know what it’s like to be unfairly treated. These are lessons that cannot be taught in any college and they should be valued.

Your current situation should be the final nail when making your decision. Just remember that your number-one priority is graduating at the end of your course, and no one said that it was going to be easy. Good Luck!