For me having a campus job was one of those necessities, because of my finances and travel plans, but I consider myself lucky for having the opportunity to work so many jobs. I presently have six campus jobs - this, Safe Ride, RA, Phonathon, tour guide at Customs House and writing for The Elm plus my off-campus job as an assistant manager at A Storage Depot.
What’s great about having so many jobs is that’s six times the connections. I have gotten to know so many people and they have gotten to know me - they’ve all seen my excellent work ethic and now I have at least six new references. Having seven part time jobs (six on campus), although, takes a lot of planning and it’s pretty much impossible if you’re disorganized. The first thing to remember is that with more jobs means the less involved you can be in clubs so that is a downside. The second thing to remember is not to stretch yourself too thin, make sure you still have one day to relax a week because you’ll need that time to get caught up. Finally chose your jobs wisely. Say one job requires you more or less to sit there waiting for customers that rarely come - DO THAT. That provides you a paid study hall where you gain connections and get your homework done at the same time.
I’ve really enjoyed most of my jobs, but remember to quit if they’re really not working out. People are really understanding about college student’s crazy schedule with homework, clubs, eating, sleeping, other jobs, etc. They know it can be a lot and they are understanding.
Something I highly recommend is becoming an RA and/or working for Safe Ride because both of them the work you do on the weekends at night. Although it means I have to give up a couple nights a month of when I could be going to a party, it’s worth it. Safe Ride pays $10 an hour and it’s a generally fun job! With my RA position it doesn’t pay spectacularly, but I have made some of the most awesome friends through it.
Even if you really don’t have to work, work anyway! You’ll make awesome connections, have some nice spending money, and maybe even get paid to do your homework!