It is impossible in today’s world to get by without some form of income. There is an extra challenge for students, who must also keep up with their homework and studying. These young adults have to find employment that is willing to work around their class schedule and still give them time to study and sleep.
Finding the perfect job for a full time student is exhausting.
There is really no choice for the young people. They have to pay their bills, be able to eat, and pay for necessities like gas and clothing. The options include unofficial jobs such as babysitting, to jobs like retail and restaurant work, all the way to a possible career such as an office assistant.
There are many different opinions on where a full time student should look for work. Some people believe that it depends on where the student is in their education level.
“Freshmen and sophomore year students should do server work” says graduate student, Jenn Cookson. She is not the only person with this opinion. Diner employee, Arturo Kopatich, says “restaurant work provides students with cash immediately. All the students I know seem to need cash up front.”
Working in a restaurant is not all sunshine and rainbows for a student however. Education major, Matt Turner, stated “if a student wants a good job, this is not the place”, speaking about his job as a host at Plato’s Diner. His issue comes from inconsistency in scheduling and business. Many restaurants will change a student’s schedule on a dime, changing their set days off and disrupting their plans for homework and studying.
University of Minnesota graduate, Britty Ukestad used her own work experience when asked. “I worked in a bookstore. I think that’s a great job for a student to have. They have to do customer service with people who are like them…” She also found a learning experience in her time at the bookstore. “It helps build communication skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem.” Ukestad also learned life skills associated with timeliness and deadlines.
For the juniors and seniors, people believe the students should start breaking into their fields. Biology student, Lizzy Grahm, believes that trying to find an internship in the field that applies to their major is a student’s best bet. “It helps them get their foot in the door”, says Grahm. Cookson agrees with Grahm. “Juniors and seniors should get internships and once they reach graduate school, they should attempt to get a fellowship, or become a graduate assistant.
NYU student, Krystala Skordalas believes that a student should jump into a field that will aide them in as many ways as possible. “They should go for something that positions them to enhance their writing, organizational, managerial, and networking skills such as working as an assistant in an on campus/academic office.” Parent and teacher Lora Zerrlaut agrees with her wholeheartedly.
The struggle is real. Students have to find a way to support themselves. Perhaps in the process, they can find a way to better themselves through the job they choose.
*Articles reflect the views of the author and or those quoted and do not necessarily represent the views of CCBC or the CCBC Connection.
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