The Disadvantages of Having a Job During College

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The Disadvantages of having a job while attending College

For some students, working in college is a necessity, for others, it is simply a desire. Whatever the reason, it's important to know the pros and cons of working while in college before agreeing to take a job. The pros and cons of working while in college depend not necessarily on the job itself but instead, on how often a student works. All the benefits of working while in school can unfortunately be reduced, if not eliminated, by the cons of working too much. Working during college can be time consuming, stressful and bad for your right skills development. One downside to working while in college is the time spent working instead of focusing on studying. There is a potential for students to work so much that their jobs interfere with their college goals and academic progress. Studies show that working a high number of hours, especially when the employment is off campus, reduces the chances of completing a degree. This may seem like a small thing to some of you, but naps are essential for your sanity because they are the only opportunity you have to catch up on sleep. For instance, all that reading and homework you have isn't going to do itself, and sometimes you won't be able to start it until after dinner if you have work and classes all day. It can get pretty rough some nights. Commitment to a job does mean that students have less available free time. This may not be a problem if they are organized and cut down on their social lives to make time for studying, but many students tend to give in to peer pressure and sacrifice their study time instead. There are only so many hours in the day and trying to hold down a job while studying can be extremely tiring. In particular, around exam time employers may be reluctant to let students have time off and, since they don’t want to lose their jobs, they work and therefore get tired, stressed and behind with their studies. In time, this may...
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