Side project Being a student isn’t easy. You’ve always got a lot to think about and do. There are lectures, tests, assignment and those dreaded exams. Sometimes it feels like you don’t have time to breathe, let alone do anything else. But it’s important that you don’t burn yourself out on your studies and make time for other things. One of the other things you should think of doing while you’re studying is having a side project. It’s a great way to do what you love and get away from the books for a while. It could be a blog, a youtube channel or a podcast. In fact, it can be anything at all as long as you put the effort into it. Here are just three of the reasons why you should start a side project right now.    It looks good when you’re applying for jobs Ah yes, the ultimate end goal: getting a job that pays the bills. Sure, your degree and project management training will look good on your CV and help you qualify for the position. But they don’t just look at your formal qualifications. They also want to know that you have interests outside of work. A side project looks good because it shows that you have no problem committing to something that makes you happy. It also proves that you put effort into everything you try. And, if your side project has to do with what you do for a living, that’s a big plus. It reminds you what you want to do with your life Having career goals is important and so is paying the bills. But if you only focus on that then you may forget the other things you enjoy doing. And sometimes the job you have at the time isn’t exactly what you want to do (but it’s a stepping stone). So, it’s important you do something you love at the same time. It gives you direction and reminds you what you really want out of life. It’s just plain fun Fun is important and it’s easy to forget that while you’re cramming for tests and writing essays. A side project should be something that makes you smile when other things aren’t going quite as well as you’d like them to. A side project should take hard work but also make you happy. It needs to give you something to look forward to as well give you a sense of satisfaction.   Image: Pexels