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How to make work-study worth your time

Jul 2 2014 at 8:53 am by

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If you were offered financial aid from your college, you might be eligible for work-study. Work-study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing you to earn money to help pay education expenses. Although this is financially advantageous, the combination of work and school can be stressful and time-consuming. The following tips will help you find the right job and balance your work-study and academic responsibilities.

1. Try to find a job related to your major.

Work-study is an opportunity to explore your interests and build your resume. Look for jobs both on and off campus that relate to your major.


“Before I had even moved into my dorm, I had found a Work Study job that started right away and was related to my major. I tutored Elementary students at a local Boys and Girls Club in reading, writing and math. As an aspiring teacher, I actually really enjoyed it.”

- Abriana Flores, Elementary Education at Arizona State University


2. Find a job with flexible hours.

A job can be a whole lot less stressful when you can work the hours around your schedule. Many work-study jobs allow you to walk in and complete hours whenever you please. Look for this in job descriptions during your search.


“Working while in school can be a drag, but the skills you gain, money you earn, and the responsibility you develop makes it all worth it in the long run.”  

- Ashleigh Morghan, Interpersonal Communications at University of Akron


3. Find a job where you can do your homework.

Laid back positions where you have a lot of down time are perfect for getting ahead on your homework. Look for jobs at the front desk at your library, dorm, gym, or student center. These positions are usually laid back and would give you the opportunity to do some homework.


“In order to survive I need to make work and school a priority. I opted to be more organized with my time such as going to work and doing my shift, and at break using the time to eat while studying or catching up on a lecture.”

- Michelle Ayala, Fashion Design at International Academy of Design & Technology


4. Find a job that is social.

Working is a great way to meet other students. Look for positions where your co-workers will be fellow students. Who knows, you might just find your new best friend on the job!


“Working while in school will be time consuming and stressful, but if you can manage your time and enjoy what you do, it will all be worth it.”

- Abriana Flores, Elementary Education at Arizona State University


5. Find a job with higher pay.

This one is obvious, but a higher paying job makes your time much more worth-while. If you’re deciding between two similar jobs, it might be worth taking the one with higher pay.

Tell us about your work-study experience in the comments below!

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