A Part-Time Job That Works For You
Working during college is not just an option for most students, it is a necessity. The extra cash can save you from a year of surviving off Ramen Noodles and sandwiches.
How, though, to choose where to work? Should you try to stay on campus, where opportunities are offered both for people who qualify for work-study and those who do not? Or would it be better to get out in town and try your hand somewhere other than where you already spend several hours of your day?
There is no clear answer. There are benefits to working either on or off campus, and as somebody who has done both, here are some things I have learned:
Forging Connections and Networking
Some of the biggest benefits of working on campus are the connections you make while doing so. A job is an important opportunity for networking, and it is a great advantage to be able to make connections on campus, particularly if you will be spending a few years here.
Gaining Valuable Experience
Working on campus can lead to internships or other jobs related to your career that can help you immensely in the future. The people you meet on the job can help connect you to other opportunities and open your eyes to a whole host of options you may not have thought about.
Another great aspect of working on campus is the convenience of it. It is very nice to be able to walk to work, even if you live across campus. It still takes less time to walk from one end to the other than it does to get somewhere off campus. Also, if you work on campus, you don’t have to worry about finding parking or a ride to your destination.
Getting Away for a Time
While working on campus is wonderful for many, it simply does not work for everybody. Most people who have been at college for at least a year can attest to the fact that sometimes you just have to get off campus. There are times during the academic year when it seems like you are spending all of your time at school, and it can be nice to have a reason to get off campus, even if it is just for work.
Finding a Way to be Sociable
If your tendency is to stay locked up in your dorm or home, an off-campus job can be a way to make yourself get out and be productive and marginally sociable. Instead of trekking back and forth from class to home, you have to get out and see the town to find that off-campus job and get wherever you need to go.
Interactions with a Wide Range of People
If you work off campus, you get an opportunity to interact with the people of San Angelo and the Concho Valley. Whether you work in retail or in the restaurant business, you will be interacting with the people who call San Angelo home or visit it regularly as the area’s commerce capital.
There are pros and cons to both on-and off-campus jobs, and the decision is ultimately up to you. However, whichever you choose, remember to work hard and smile, because there are few things as rewarding as a job well done, and the paycheck to prove it.