Last Updated: Sep 12, 2011
School is in session and you might be thinking the last thing you need to add to your plate of classes, homework, and activities is a campus job. But actually having a job during the academic year could benefit you in a few ways.
Money, money, money
Making money is one of the more obvious reasons why having a campus job is helpful. Having money can go a long way in college when it is used wisely (hint: maybe not toward clothes and dining out every weekend. I know from experience). By direct depositing money from your campus job into your bank account and then setting up an automatic transfer of a certain amount from your checking account to your savings account, you will be able to save wisely.
A structured schedule
Having a campus job can also help you plan your time better. With a campus job much of your time is spent, well, at work, which may not seem like the most fun you could ever have. But because you only have 24 hours in a day, much of which goes to class and homework, you will be more motivated to maximize the time you do have instead of wasting it (I know, I know, Facebook is tempting).
When you work on campus you also gain experience you may not have. For example, if you work in your college's dining facility you may gain skills as a server, cashier, or maintenance worker. Those skills could eventually help you get a job in the future.
You know the popular saying, “Location, location, location”? Well, I assure you in college it is, “Networking, networking, networking!” Campus jobs give you the opportunity to meet people and make connections. If you prove yourself to be a fantastic employee, your boss or director may be more inclined to give you recommendations for other opportunities or connect you with future employers.
Remember, having a campus job in addition to classes does not have to be stressful. In the end you could turn out more focused, more experienced, and of course with more money in your pocket.
Good luck and happy college saving!
P.S. When setting up an automatic transfer into your savings account, try not to touch the money you have saved. Instead watch it grow! You will be amazed at how much money you can save by the end of the semester!