5 Tips to Help You Balance a Job and College

If you have decided to pursue a part-time job while in college here are some tips to make sure you are best prepared:

Get a second opinion

If you are trying to decide whether or not a part-time job is the best decision for you, it might be worth getting a second opinion. Ask a friend or family member if it is a smart idea and get their advice. It can’t hurt to get a few extra tips from people who have had experience balancing a job and school.

Find a flexible job

Try to find a job that can work around your school schedule. Your employer will be understanding and try to make sure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Just discuss your schedule with your employer, so that way you are not overwhelmed with the amount of hours they give you.

Manage your time effectively

It is important to set your priorities straight. Make sure that you have enough time to study and get your homework done while working an 8 hour shift the same day. If you have a test the day after a late night of working, make sure that you are taking any free time you have to study up.

Stay focused

Remember which is going to be most important for your future. Yeah, work is going to make you money, but a college degree is going to shape your future. Just make sure that your degree gets the most of your attention and you don’t get carried away with your job.

Relax

Take a deep breath. Don’t overwhelm yourself with both work loads. There is nothing wrong with taking some time out of your busy schedule to hang out with friends or watch the TV show you have been binge-watching on Netflix. Stress is not good for anyone. Just give yourself a break.



Carlee is a native of Oneida, NY. She is a junior business management major with a minor in accounting at Nazareth College. When she graduates, Carlee would like to pursue a job in a human resource department or a job in an accounting firm. When Carlee does not have her head buried in books, she is a member of the Nazareth College Division III Women’s tennis team. Since Carlee enjoys the many joys and stresses of being a student athlete, she thought it would be even better to tack on two jobs, one at a local barbecue restaurant where she works five days a week and another job on campus.


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