Should you work while you’re in college?

There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. Some students’ parents may not want them to work so that they can focus solely on their studies. On the other hand, some students may want some spending money or work experience during their time here at UNL.

There are many pros and cons to working in college. It is not as simple of a question as “Do I need more money?” When students come in to the SMMC and ask if we suggest that they work during college, we often answer yes. Not only is working in college a great way to get some extra spending money, but it also helps students to start to learn how to budget their money, live within their means, and save for future financial goals. Not to mention other benefits like networking and making professional connections, which are very important when applying for jobs. Any type of job will give you some work experience which you can use to convince a future employer that you are right for their open position.

However, some students work too much and aren’t able to devote the time to their classes that is needed. Many students are able to balance work, classes, and a social life by working 10-15 hours per week. Take a look at your monthly budget and see how many hours you would need to work to close the gap between income and expenses. If you don’t need extra income for monthly expenses, think about creating a savings plan to meet a financial goal such as studying abroad, a spring break trip, or a new car. Consider looking for a job on-campus or around campus, which gives you a great opportunity to meet new people in your college community.

If you need help finding an on-campus, off-campus, or work-study job or an internship, stop by Career Services, which is right around the corner from us on the second floor of the City Union in room 225. You can also check out their website at http://www.unl.edu/careers/

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