Improve Your Grades With a Part-Time Job

Do students with part-time jobs get better grades?

The answer to that question is maybe. Research does show that students who work part-time while going to college do tend, on average, to get better grades than students who do not work. There are, however, some important things to keep in mind when considering a part-time job.

First, whether you decide to work on or off campus, you should work no more than 20 hours a week if possible. While students who work between 15-20 hours a week do tend to get better grades than students who don’t work, your grades will likely suffer if you regularly work more than 20 hours a week.

Second, make sure to evaluate how much time you actually have to dedicate to a part-time job. Consider not only your class time, but also your study time, extracurricular involvement, family obligations, etc. Make sure that you also leave sanity time for yourself. Then determine how many hours a week you will be available to work.

Third, consider your skills and interests before you apply for a position. There are lots of different types of opportunities both on and off campus.

  • Do you like working with children?
  • Are you good with computers?
  • Are you athletic?
  • Do you enjoy helping other people?
  • Do you like preparing meals?

Apply for those positions that you think you have the skills to handle and the interest to enjoy.

And don’t be frustrated if you cant find a part-time job directly related to your major. You will be gaining valuable job skills regardless of the position you have, and you can always supplement your employment experience with an internship or summer job more directly related to your field of study.

A part-time job also provides you with other benefits aside from building important skills such as communication skills, time management skills, accountability, etc . Other benefits include:

  • Establishing a work history to include on your resume
  • Establishing employment references
  • Developing contacts to assist with your full-time job search
  • Becoming a more integrated member of the on and/or off campus community
  • Lowering your reliance on loan debt that you have to pay back once you have completed school

Whatever you choose to do, the key is to make the most of your employment experience.

Learn as much as you can, share your thoughts and ideas, seek feedback on your performance, take advantage of leadership opportunities and special projects, and network with the individuals you meet.

You will find your part-time job can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your college experience.

Updated: 01/06/2011
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Adil Khan
Adil Khan is freelance writer and a Computer Engineer by profession. He started writing articles for CareerThoughts.com in 2016. He writes a opinion column for a local newspaper. He is yet to join Twitter!

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