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It’s difficult to take on a part-time job while trying to finish your degree. But the benefits are greater than the simple pay cheque you’ll receive. University life is something every student should enjoy without having to worry about anything else. Some enjoy spending time with their friends on campus while others make use of their time by doing a part-time job.

As a student with a part-time job, you may have better time-management skills than your counterparts. You better understand the concept of responsibility and are able to apply it to your daily life. You’ll earn money that can be used personally or for tuition while gaining invaluable experience that will be attractive to future employers.

It can sometimes be difficult to balance work and classes but it can certainly be done. It can often prove to be a daunting task for many who have a lot on their plate. However, most students don’t think about the perks that come with having a part-time job while being a full-time student.

Here are a few advantages of having a part-time job while studying.

You’ll have an income

If your parents give you money on a monthly basis, it’s probably just enough to get by. Students usually need extra money for clothes, food and entertainment. Extra expenses are also likely to pop up that your parents won’t be able to provide every time you request. Having a part-time job will add to the cash you receive. Also, earning your own money gives you a measure of independence. As you enter adulthood, earning an income can boost your confidence and allow you to have fun within the limits of your pay cheque.

Many need to work through university to afford tuition while others set the money aside to pay back student loans. Still, the money will be yours to spend as you wish.

Develop time management skills

You may find yourself in a fast-paced and demanding position after you’ve graduated. When deadlines pile up, it may sometimes seem impossible to do everything on your to-do list in an eight-hour workday. To survive in the workplace, it’s required to have good scheduling and time management skills. These are skills you can develop while doing your part-time job.

Having a job while in college puts a lot on your plate. You can’t just go with the flow and hope for the best. You’ll soon learn that every hour of every working day should be scheduled. You may end up dropping the ball if you don’t organise, prioritise and make use of your time effectively. It’s better to make these adjustments while in university rather than after graduation. This is an important skill to have in almost every course. If you’re, for example, a HR management student then you’ll know how important this skill is to be successful in your course.

Gain experience

It’s always wise to get a part-time job that will introduce you to your preferred career after university. It’ll allow you to gain important introductory experience in the industry and network with those in that specific field. Even if you’re working in a place not connected to your major, it’ll still look impressive to potential employers. It shows you have drive and  you’ll have some kind of work experience on your CV. Also, the fact that you could hold a job while at university attests to your levels of maturity, responsibility and time management. Having a part-time job shows you're somewhat accustomed to the professional world. Employers are looking for employees who understand the work environment and who are able to operate as team players. If you want to stand out from the rest, then gaining work experience is key.

Teach you about budgeting

As a student earning your own money, you learn lessons about spending wisely. You may be less likely to spend your money on unnecessary things. You’ll learn to pay for necessities first, such as textbooks and rent. Because you worked for the money, you’re likely to spend it on important things. Part-time jobs are often tough and hard-earned money can be painful to part with. At the same time, you can save for non-essential purchases, such as a car.

Make you stand out from the rest

Having a job while in university puts you ahead of the competition. Even if you do an internship or volunteering somewhere, whether paid or unpaid, it shows potential employers you’re dedicated and hardworking. It’ll help to set you apart from other jobseekers. And of course, employers would like to see you did well in school too. Especially if you’re looking for a job related to your major. If you manage to get good results even while holding down a job, potential employers are bound to be impressed.

It's challenging to work and attend classes at the same time but it offers many benefits. At the end of the day, the experience is what you make out of it. Remember that you’re gaining skills you can apply to your future career.