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College is expensive: it’s a fact. Looking to offset that expense by working while you study is something that 70% of full-time college students are doing, according to a 2018 study from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.
While having a job is a necessity for many students to get them through college, it can have obvious downsides. Students who work over 15 hours a week are more likely to have a C average or lower, compared to those who work less than 15 hours, who are more likely to have a B average or higher.
Those with low incomes tend to work longer hours too, and they also are more likely to be Black or Latinx, older and female, compounding existing problems from the outset.
The other side of the coin is that having a job during college, especially one that is tied to your field of study or the area you’d like to go into post-graduation, can be a smart way to accelerate your ambitions and get you onto a career track faster. Here are five ways to make that happen.
Do a summer internship
A popular, highly-sought after option as many offer you the opportunity of getting hired after completing your internship. Most are paid, and will offer a structured way to learn the ropes of the field you hope to go into. You’ll get real-life practical experience and references, and you will make networking connections for the future.
Get a work placement
Many college courses have a work placement element built in, and it’s likely that some of your final grades are dependent on tasks completed while on placement. This option may not pay as well as an internship, aim to find one that will be of most interest and benefit to you: this sort of work experience is a valuable opportunity to learn from professionals and put your course theory into practice. You can develop all the skills that are vital for work such as interpersonal skills, analytical skills, and enhanced subject knowledge.
You won’t be paid for this one, but asking to shadow someone doing a job in an area you’d like to get into will give you an opportunity to get a flavor for the type of work involved in a certain field. It can be a good way to get into a company that doesn’t traditionally offer work experience or internships, too.
Want to work in media or TV? These areas often have what is known as “casual” employment on offer where you’ll be paid a day or shift rate to perform a job. It can be a great way to get in on the ground floor, get to know the company and make connections.
This will look great on a resumé and can be of great benefit to you depending on the area you hope to work in after graduation. Volunteering involves a host of skills from soft skills to problem-solving and tenacity, and also offers the chance to meet people from all walks of life. It can be a very rewarding and impressive addition for a future employer.
Ready to look for a new job now? We have three below that are worth checking out, as well as plenty more on the Job Board.
Tax Associate – JD/LLM Candidates – Fall 2022, Grant Thornton
As a Tax Associate at Grant Thornton, your primary responsibilities will consist of tax consulting and tax return support duties, including tax research, tax planning, and the preparation of supporting work papers for various tax-related projects. You’ll need a Juris Doctorate or Tax LLM with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.
Find out more.
Junior Sales Consultant, Accenture
Accenture is seeking a Junior Sales Consultant in the Netherlands. You’ll join the Ecosystem Sourcing Services team to support clients in sourcing the cutting-edge technologies of tomorrow. You will need an interest in commercial strategy and business development, a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, and zero to four years of experience.
Junior/Graduate Analyst Programmer, IBM
Located in Liverpool, UK, IBM has an exciting opportunity for a Junior/Graduate Analyst Programmer to join its newly created digital team. This is a full-time, permanent role and you will need a degree in computer science or similar or equivalent practical experience as well as a good understanding of at least one programming language, for example, .Net or PHP, and an understanding of distributed version control (such as GIT or similar).
More information is available here.
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Kirstie works for our job board partner, Jobbio. Based in Dublin, she has been a writer and editor
across print and digital platforms for over 15 years.