A Guide on Balancing College and Part-Time Jobs

Many college students face financial difficulties due to familial circumstances. Even though some are provided with college fees, they lack basic coverage fees for a proper meal and a comfortable accommodation. Part-time jobs not only help students make ends meet but can also expose students to a realistic work environment and help them cultivate professional skills. Whichever your reason is for working part-time, maintaining the balance between studies and work is no easy job. It is physically and mentally taxing. With this guide, you’ll learn that managing the stress and workload from both sides is actually a no-brainer.

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Choose the Right Job

Having a job that suits you is vital as you may feel less motivated in an uncomfortable work situation.  It is advisable to choose a location where travel and transportation is convenient so that you can get to work hassle-free, somewhere nearby your campus or house would be best. You should also always inquire about the working hours and shifts so that you see how the timing fits into your schedule. Relatively, it's suggested that the job allows flexible working time so that you can make adjustments in anticipation of unexpected situations that may arise.

Visualize Your Schedule

Try getting a planner and better yet having the habit of setting reminders on your phones so that you keep yourself organized with your “to-dos”. Once you have both class schedules and working shifts sorted out, allocating time equally for both studies and work will come naturally. It's also recommended that you establish a routine as it helps you feel more in control when dealing with all the stress.


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