Between homework, finals and extracurricular activities, college can demand a lot of your time. On top of these tasks, many students choose to hold a job in order to help cover some of their expenses. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Education, 78% of part-time students and 43% of full-time students hold a job while in college. While it may seem overwhelming, many students make it work. But is it right for you? As part of our Ascent Tips & Advice series, we’ll look at some of the factors that drive students to take on work and a few important considerations to make when it comes to deciding whether or not you need a job as a full-time college student.
There are several reasons that students might hold a job alongside school. Some reasons are personal, and others are more general. Let’s look at some of the factors that may affect your decision on whether or not to be employed while enrolled:
Though holding a job during school can have serious benefits (especially when combined with good budgeting habits), we also have to consider the flip side when deciding whether or not to work while in school.
Finding the right balance between work and school can be a serious challenge. Your workplace and college responsibilities have to be compatible with one another in order for the combination to even be feasible. Let’s look at a few of the challenges that can affect students who choose to work and study:
Though there are both pros and cons to working while in school, it ultimately depends on your situation and needs. Some students thrive while balancing work and school, while others are better suited to focus solely on their education. Whatever decision is best for you, Ascent has resources aimed to make your college goals happen. Check out our NerdWallet Articles for some helpful perspectives and check in with our Tips & Advice section periodically to get the latest in financial guidance. Though it takes some hard work and dedication, your educational and professional goals can become a reality, one step at a time.
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