There’s a certain ring of pride when an individual declares that he or she is a working student.
Whether it is lack of financial support or further self-improvement that urges you to become a working student, it’s undeniable that juggling college life, meeting the demands of a certain job, and maintaining a personal and social life can be challenging.
I was given the opportunity to become a working student at an early age, so I’m confident to give advice regarding the matter. With our present local economic status, it’s not uncommon for some people to work and go to school at the same time because of the idea that education is vital to becoming successful.
Being a working student, I have met a lot of interesting and dedicated people who won’t let anything get in their way of achieving their goal to finish college. When asked by some of my friends whether they should pursue becoming a working student, I told them that if their parents can still afford to send them to school, give them the pride of seeing you finish college from their own efforts. However, if you really feel that you should step into both worlds already, get ready for these 5 things:
5 Things to Prepare Before Becoming a Working Student
5. A Lot of All-Nighters
Finding a job that will allow you to go to school at the same time will not be a piece of cake. Think about how you’ll manage to get seasonal sleepless nights and restless days in order to meet the deadlines you’re expected to deliver. There will be a time when you’ll have to sacrifice dropping an important aspect in your life just to chase another.
Unfortunate as it may be, balancing work and studies can take its toll on one’s health. Becoming burnt out is a real hassle. However, time management is a skill that can save you. Don’t worry. You’ll develop it over time, if you’re not good at it yet.
4. Critical Decision-Making
Despite the challenges, it is very exciting to participate in the “real world” and at the same time, enrich your skills in the theoretical world of school. In school, we are allowed to make mistakes; it’s a big training ground for us. In the real world, we find that some things are simply not taught in school. There’s a learning curve and a mistake may cost us a lot. As such, we have to be wise decision-makers. The fix here is not to be afraid to ask. Sometimes, you’ll have to learn things on your own, so being resourceful is a plus, too.
3. Social Growth
Being a working student, you get to be part of different circles of people from work and school. Before you know it, you will grow to be mature, independent, open-minded, and sensitive. You will learn to value discipline because there will be days that you’ll just want to lay in bed and stop “adulting” because admittedly, it can be tiring. It is fulfilling to see that you’re actually good with time management, because if you weren’t, you won’t be able to manage work and school at the same time. Not to mention, you get to manage your own hard-earned money. There will be times that you may feel stressed, but hey, even non-working-students feel such, so don’t feel bad. Just remember to keep your eye on the prize.
Temptations are everywhere, working or not working…but there are more while working of course. Remember that discipline and self-control are key to achieving your goals.
1. Income Management
Now that you have a steady source of income, it’s going to be easy to splurge on nights out or shopping. We finally have the resources to buy the shoes we’ve always wanted or the phone we’ve always dreamed of. It’s alright to spend, but not too much. Bear in mind that all work and no play isn’t healthy. Always remember to manage your money wisely.
All in all, as long as you’re up for a challenge and you’re ready for combat, you can pull off being a working student with your head up high!