There are many arguments, both pro and con, regarding holding a job while going to school. Below, several of the advantages and disadvantages are examined in detail.

Some advantages to working while studying:

  • You’ll gain experience in the real world, maybe even in your field of study if you get a paid internship as a job. Interns are frequently hired by the company after graduation.
  • You may not have to borrow as much in student loans if you work while attending college, so you’ll have less of a loan debt after graduating. Some students who work are able to avoid student loans completely.
  • You’ll have extra spending money for eating, going out, socializing, or getting new clothes. You’ll also have more money if something unexpected happens, such as a major car repair or a rent increase.
  • You’ll seem more mature and responsible if you are able to show on your resume that you worked during college. It could help you land your dream job.

Of course, there are also some disadvantages to working while studying:

  • You might not be able to take as many credits per term, so it could take longer to graduate. Some students work full-time and go to school part-time.
  • If your classes are extremely challenging, you won’t have as much time to study. Your grades might be lower than if you were able to put all of your time into your classes.
  • You can focus completely on your courses, which might be less stressful than working while studying. You’ll have more leisure time and won’t feel like you’re spread too thin.

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.

WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

The list of advantages is somewhat longer than the disadvantages. In most cases, working at least part-time while attending school is beneficial. With the costs of tuition and books increasing every year, working can make a noticeable difference in the amount of student loan debt at graduation. Additionally, anything that can increase a new graduate’s likelihood of finding a job is almost a necessity in the current tough economy. Having the self-discipline to hold down a job and keep up with you class work is a good training for the corporate world, and the majority of the people looking at your resume will be impressed.