Circumstances can lead a student to seek out financial aid or ways to receive income. This is where the idea of working part-time comes in, and a lot of students find themselves weighing the pros and cons of this. So, what can you expect by cutting some of your academic load in exchange for a part-time job?
It might be a good idea from the get-go for those students striving to be financially independent in the future to pursue working as soon as possible. It can also give you a sense of fulfillment as you slowly but surely help with your family responsibilities, while working towards your career degree.
While for some others, if not for a certain need to earn money, this is merely a way to get the things you want as soon as possible. Either way, these are some of the benefits of being a part time student;
LESS TUITION COSTS
Fewer units enrolled only means fewer costs to pay. Compared to full-time students, there are fewer courses to attend to. This can give a lot of room for financial stability and you will be experiencing less burdened by the increasing costs of studying. While the full-time student has the risk of burying him or herself under student loans, you will have lesser costs to cash out and avoid these kind of debts.
As an additional benefit from having fewer classes, you will have more time during semesters to focus on other things in life. You can also allot your time more wisely to come up with a much more manageable schedule, where you’ll be studying for fewer class exams and worrying less about deadlines. Some online part-time programs even let their employees work at the convenience of their homes, making it more accessible to students in general. Even full-time workers find this as an opportunity to become part-time students, working their way slowly towards a degree to enjoy better financial benefits in the future.
WELL DEFINED CAREER DIRECTION
Your time in College can point you towards your future career choice by making you explore your interests and find out what makes you tick. Whether you made the right choice on your current program or not, you’ll discover this in a series of events that leads all the way to the realization of your true calling or what you love doing. Having a part-time job means you can transition into this unknown environment in a way that will not be too overwhelming, inching your way towards this new phase without being too stressed on what to expect in the future. Besides, having a hands-on experience from the start is a big plus to companies in your future job applications.
Although the benefits of being a part-time student may seem universal, some may find this not a very welcome transition in their way of life, even a hindrance in the career path they’re pursuing. A slowed down learning pace may also not sound very promising to some. Other than that, one should weigh if they are willing to take these risks or not, and always keep in mind that harmony between work-life-study should never be lost. Challenging yourself everyday can be a healthy way to improve oneself, after all.