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As the tuition bills pile up, you may be thinking, “Should get a job, now?” Many students around the country ask this question when considering the tuition, institution and material fees that are required of them. Most students have to take out, sometimes, two jobs just to make due during their college years. There are many important questions a student should ask themselves before seeking employment while in college. Here are a few that can help you make your decision. 

How far am I?

As eager as many students are when they first start college carrying too many things on their plate can prohibit them from succeeding in their studies. The first few semesters of your college life are spent building their GPAs and finding out which courses they need to take to get them on the right track for their later years. This may not be the best time to seek employment. Students in their first year, are easier to lose focus and start off on a bad foot when first becoming introduced to college experience while juggling the responsibilities of employment, at the same time. Try seeking employment during your last years in college. This allows you to complete all of your core course work without any distractions. During these last years, your course load will not be as heavy and you will be more developed in your study habits and more accustomed to the commitments required of you, that you can begin to take on more responsibilities. You can take up a job only if you are really comfortable with it. You can try to study science at home that way you can save some money and get better grades as well. You can even teach other students which is a really great way for some extra money. 

When will I finish?

While the last years are, most likely, the best years to seeking employment in college, you may find yourself way too advanced in your studies to find it beneficial. If you are only a few courses shy of finishing your degree, it may be wise to forgo the decision. Doing well during this time could benefit you greatly and if you are almost finished it may not seem as important to find a job when you have so little left to finish. Also, many schools offer work-study programs, to upper-level students, which allows them to participate in employment opportunities with the school while they continue their education, often, for free.

Do I have the time?

If you are in college and you are finding yourself with a full of course work, you may need to consider how much time may have to participate in the employment. Many students find it very difficult to juggle both and end up dropping one. It is important to manage your time wisely and schedule your course work around your job.

In college, as expenses rise, you may find it difficult to pay for the things that you need. This may lead you to seek employment while in college. Deciding whether or not to do so, includes factoring in time and school responsibilities. Choosing when and how to manage your responsibilities will give you proper insight into working while you study.