Category : Teen Job Guidance
College is a time when a person is supposed to get an initial taste for what the “real world” is like, mainly by having a few different college jobs throughout the course of their higher studies. After all, the college system we have here in the US tends to isolate students in campuses that are a far cry from the daily goings on of the rest of the country, and as a countermeasure students are expected to go out into the brave new world and get a taste of reality, a.k.a. a job.
Unlike high school—after which most people still have an additional four years minimum of further education in which to continue living in a proverbial dreamland—college is usually followed by a person’s entry into the labor force and a job that is likely to shape their future (and which ideally has been determined by that person’s studies and interests, though this is sadly not always the case). College jobs are incredibly important in this regard: they help a person whittle away the list of possible future vocations and sharpen their sense of exactly what they would like to do and to accomplish in life. This is realized in both a positive and negative way; a college student may have a job that they absolutely love and which sparks a nascent flame within them, and they may also have a few jobs that they absolutely despised and which they will be sure to cross off their list of future undertakings. Both of these experiences are to be valued in their own right if a person is to develop a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility in life, and the latter case shouldn’t be written off as a waste of time and energy—quite to the contrary, many jobs that are perceived as unpleasant at the moment help to toughen a person’s character and instill the crucial sense of duty that should be ever present regardless of how “fun” something is.
There is a wide array of feasible college jobs, more than anything because employers expect college students to already have sufficient character and levels of maturity to take on tasks that wouldn’t be entrusted to high school students, for example. Many college students end up doing work for the very academic institution at which they are studying, either in the library, the cafeteria, the gym, or some other highly frequented building. Nonetheless, depending on the community in which a given college is located, there will be plenty of college jobs available off-campus, such as waiting tables at a restaurant, cooking, doing clerical work and so on. Though during the academic year a student may not have the time or energy to perform a heavily taxing job with considerable responsibilities, it is important that college students find internships and/or jobs over the summer of winter breaks that will stand out a little more on their résumé. These are generally the most vital of all college jobs, and students are advised to look into prominent companies in the private sector, or government agencies or NGOs that work on issues that they find interesting and motivating.