By Sana Hussein, APIASF Scholar
One of the biggest mistakes college students make is not finding work during college. You are not only generating steady income (well, hopefully), but you are also gaining experience and creditability that you are a reliable employee. You can usually find jobs on campus by going to your schools website or going directly to your campus faculty members. The most important thing when looking for a job on campus is to apply early. This is critical because jobs on campus fill up quickly.
Another great option is finding a paid internship. I have recently found a paid internship at a hot new startup. Not only did they promise that they would be flexible with my schedule since I am a college student but there is a chance that they will hire me in the future. Internships, especially paid internships, are great because they build-up your resume.
Here are a four valuable tips when looking for a job on/off campus:
- Apply to everything that you are qualified for, from jobs on campus to internships. Google will be your best friend, but remember, many jobs are not listed on the internet and you must go directly to them whether by email or in-person.
- Do not overdo things. If you’re taking on a heavy course load, do not take on a job that is too demanding. You will regret it. Your health and grades will suffer. And yes, two hours of sleep is not sufficient.
- When you do become employed, do not forget about volunteering and your extracurricular activities. These are very important. You must have a balance between work, grades, volunteering, and club meetings. This is where your planner comes in. Always organize your schedule, from work to study sessions. Develop the this habit, it will save you time and stress.
- Make time to relax. Humans need a bit of time off or they will burn out. Read a book, sleep until the PM, or go to the movies. Have fun! You don’t want to work this hard and not have anytime for you.
As long as you are able to handle and balance everything on your plate, with a great attitude, you will do fantastic. Getting a job during college will give you a leg up once you graduate. You are already climbing up the ladder in the workforce once you start. You’ll do great!