Greg Lohan

Tactics for Working Your Way Through College


When you’re trying to finance your education, it can be a challenge trying to scrimp and save as much as you can. You can opt for financial aid and student loans, but if you can avoid debt, that’s always preferable. Living at home is also a good choice if it’s an available option, but that’s not always the case. However, one of the most effective ways of funding your college education is working at the same time. Although this can be stressful and seem undoable at times, by using a few tactics and pacing yourself appropriately, it’s surprising how much you can accomplish. The bonus of paying your way through college is that after you graduate, all your hard work is have paid off because you’ll have little or no debt. The best leg up you can have when you emerge with a hard won college degree is financial freedom. Due to the fact that many student struggle with excessive student loans, they’re often forced into jobs that they then can’t leave. Getting a job in college to help defray costs can be worth the stress. Here are four tactics of how you can work a job in college and still retain your sanity.

How to Find a Job on Campus

Find A Job On Campus
Find A Job On Campus
The best place to start looking for a job in on your own campus. Whether you’re commuting to school or living there, having a job on campus makes it much easier to go there after your classes are done. You can start by checking in with your career development office. They’ll have all the on-campus job listings that aren’t already assigned to work study programs. Work study is a form of financial aid that only select students get, and it’s usually somewhat minimal. When there are available jobs on campus, though, you’ll be able to find them this way. Usually positions open to students who aren’t on work study will be at the campus bookstore or other commercial enterprises on campus.

Evaluating Transit Options

Depending on whether you’re living on campus or commuting, traveling to and from a job can be inconvenient if there isn’t available transportation. If you drive, then it’s not as much of a problem, or live in a city with good public transportation. However, if the job is too far from campus for you to readily get to, you may want to consider another option. There’s a fine line between accepting a job and taking on more responsibility and stress, versus doing the impossible. The best tactic is to find a job close enough to campus that it’s not a superhuman task getting there every day. Another option is if you can find a shift that isn’t too close to your class schedule. This way, you’ll have ample time to get to the job, and you won’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts that interrupt your studies. You should also consider what it costs to travel to and from your job. If it’s a long commute in the car, for example, you might want to see how your gas costs stack up against how much you’re actually getting paid.

When It’s Time to Quit

Time To Re-Think Your Options
Time To Re-Think Your Options
You need to know when to throw in the towel when you’re trying to go to school and work at the same time. The tip-off is when your grades start suffering. It’s also much easier to work part-time when in you’re in school, as opposed to trying to fit a full-time work schedule in with a full-time academic one. It can also be hard to find part-time work these days, and the options are limited. Therefore, you shouldn’t feel guilty about quitting a job that’s damaging your ability to reach your full scholastic potential. The entire point of going to college is to pursue higher education, and if you’re not getting the chance to actually do that, it’s not worth keeping the job. However, you can also attempt to adjust your schedule to make it work. You should exhaust all options before throwing in the towel. Try talking to your manager. If you’re a good employee, most likely they’ll want to keep you around, and your employer might work with you. Don’t let your school work suffer for the sake of your job, but at the same time, don’t throw away a perfectly good job without trying to make it work first.

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