Welcome back to Ryerson – Happy New Year!
Now that you’re back, have you ever considered finding a part-time job to help pay your school expenses? For many Canadian students, it is a necessity and a reality – no matter how many scholarships, bursaries or student loans you have.
Whether working on campus or off campus, working while being a full-time university student really tests you. It’s an exercise in work-life balance if nothing else. There’s much debate on whether it helps or hurts you academically. I think if you are challenged by managing your time or studies without a job, that answers your question; in my opinion, don’t do it until you have a system identified that you will exercise.
Working while studying challenges you personally on sooo many things as well that will help. For example, your communication skills – can you follow instructions? can you contribute to discussions positively? can you take criticism/feedback?; your initiative – can you find work to do without being told to?; as said before, your time management skills – can you balance going to class, completing assignments, being a member of your family/ course groups / teams, and or being involved in extra-curriculars, while being actively present at a job a few days a week? (And by actively present I mean you are there body, mind and spirit.)
If you can get a part-time on campus job, consider yourself lucky – the jobs are limited and the competition is high. If you’re fortunate, you can work on campus for someone who truly recognizes the challenges you face and will try to work with you in your scheduling (mind you most are like any employer in the ‘real world’ and will only put up with so much, so go strategically on this one). Other benefits of working on campus include:
- It’s more accessible / convenient
- You can find positions related to your career
- Accommodating work times around your school schedule
- Meet new people outside of your program
Heres’ video on the experiences of other students working on campus at RyersonU…
What do you think? Besides the financial benefits, are there any other reasons why students should work while studying?