Preparing Your Teen for College: Working Through School

Now that you’ve decided to go to college, you may be dreaming of walking across that stage at the end of your educational journey and showing your hard-earned diploma off to the world. There’s a lot of hard work to do before arriving at graduation. When you start preparing for college there are many things to consider, but we’re here to help ease the transition to college, offering tips to help prepare for your success.

When it comes down to it, going to college can be difficult on its own. Factoring in the possibility of working a job can seem daunting, but it is possible. Recent studies show 43% of students attending college full-time and 78% of students attending part-time hold jobs.

These charts depict the percentage of full-time and part-time college students that hold jobs. These statistics were pulled from studies conducted in 2015.

If you’re in a position that you need to work while attending college, here are a few options you may wish to consider:

  • Part-Time Jobs: Working a part-time job can be achievable even while attending college full-time. Part-time can provide income to help with living expenses or to help you put some money away for the future. If your part-time schedule differs from week to week, attending classes online can allow you to be flexible and help you focus on schoolwork during your free time. This type of position may be for you if:
    • You’re looking for a job that won’t take up too much of your time
    • You want to start saving up money for later
    • You don’t have many expenses to cover on your own
  • Full-Time Jobs: While this is more difficult to achieve while going to school full-time, there are many people that attend college online to fit their work schedules. Some colleges offer night classes, weekend classes, online courses, and accelerated courses to be more flexible for students that work. If you plan to attend a college on campus, confirm what scheduling options are available at your school or that your full-time job will be flexible enough to help you get through school. This could be right for you, if:
    • You prefer a part-time school schedule
    • You have multiple expenses that need attention in addition to your education
  • Federal Work-Study: Many colleges offer part-time positions to students to help pay for school expenses. Check with your college to see what options are available. Many of these positions are on campus and require part-time availability. This type of work could be perfect for you, if:
    • You want or need a minimal travel time between work and school
    • You have few expenses to cover during school
  • Volunteer: Usually, you won’t bring home a paycheck as a volunteer. However, these types of positions offer great opportunities to network and provide a chance to get some experience for your resume. This would be a good choice for you, if:
    • You enjoy community service activities
    • You are interested in the nonprofit sector
  • Intern: These positions are a great way to gain experience in the industry, network and learn from peers, and it could result in a full-time position if you’ve proven yourself. Being an intern is the right choice for you, if:
    • You want to gain experience to use later on in your career
    • You don’t have expenses that need immediate attention

There you have it. These are the types of work you can expect to find while you are attending college. If you’re finding yourself a bit uneasy or lost when trying to prepare for college, refer to our other blog articles in the Preparing Your Teen for College series linked below. Remember, it’s important to not overwork yourself to allow you the best education experience possible. 

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