Are part-time jobs really useful?

China
January 23, 2010 5:05am CST
It is said that part-time jobs are very useful for students because they can not only make money but also gain career experience. But in fact students can just have the offers of the low-paid and skilless jobs. And I don't think the students can focus themselves on their studying if they have to spend many hours on part-time jobs. And I don't think to take a part-time job as a waitor is related to the career of a student who will be an engineer in the future. Are part-time jobs really that useful?
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18 responses
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
part-time job is very helpful. When I was in college I really like having part-time jobs.. I am a student assistant of our school in library and I can have at least 3k per month and by that I have my money for investing it to a buy and sell business until it came that I invest my money to an MLM company which really helps me up to now.
• China
24 Jan 10
I think part-time jobs are useful. They help students to make extra money at the same enable them to gain experience. But the tip is to choose a part-time job relative to what they are learning. For instance, if a student majors in language, then he can choose to teach in schools or translate materials from which they can earn much. It's not wise to take a part-time job just for the sake of money, like the job as a waiter. But if a person wants to start his or her own restaurant or something like that, being a part-time waiter certainly is of help.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
Yes, I do agree that part time jobs are of great help not only to students but to any person as well. For students they do give an opportunity for extra earnings which is quite useful for school expenses as well as the chance to learn and gain an experience. As we all know experience is the best teacher right? Well for any person, and extra income would be a great deal considering the economy right now.
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
I believe part time jobs can be useful for various reasons. 1. It can help students earn additional income to support their studies or family while still studying. 2. It gives them a hands on experience on what working entails. Working is no walk in the park and having part time jobs instills the importance of studying and finishing a degree to gain better opportunities in the corporate world. 3. Although being a waiter doesn't have anything in common with the long term goal of being an engineer, architect, doctor or lawyer, who said learning is limited to your profession? I worked as a barista in a coffee shop while I studied to be a banker. Just because they have nothing in common, doesn't mean I didn't gain any knowledge or skills. In fact, I owe all my working skills to that experience. Being a barista taught me to be patient, hard working, resilient... qualities also imperative in being a banker.
• Canada
24 Jan 10
I think part-time jobs are real helpful when you don't have much experience and it is begining to get experience and refer.
@novelcai (603)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
hi there shirlian. when i was in my high school days i really want to be a working student but my parents rufused me to be because they want me to focus more on my studies, but on my college life and i also have 3 siblings that need to go also in school i need to look for some other income for me to survive my college days. At 1st its really feel good specially that other people looks you that im a good person and very dicipline person because i can mange to do two things. and specially when i got my 1st salary. But lets face the reality that it was really hard to be a working student. i have less time to do my homework specially the research and term papers. i remeber also that my boss caught me doing my term papers in my office hrs. and my teacher doing my reports for my wrk on her subject. some of them understand me but not all of them. and we know that we cant serve two master at one time. its either you got fair on both or good for the other one and less active to other one. Two tumbs up for all the working student all over the world. may your dream come true.:)
• India
24 Jan 10
Hi frnd, this is santosh n hmm according to my point of view part time jobs are really helpful to students, they feel more confident when they earn money on their own instead of asking money for each n every thing to their parents, n regarding their career it depends on the type of job he prefer, but any job in one way or other will be a gr8 experience in his long journey of life
• India
24 Jan 10
I feel they are very useful. First would be the financial help that a person would get from working in his free hours. Apart from that they instill a sense of discipline, a respect towards work and the ability to interact with people. I think it depends from person to person. Some people get carried away that they are earning money and they can take life on an easier stride, but part time jobs are supposed to be and stay temporary. If we make them our full time jobs, then it spells troubles for us and for the work also. Nothing is for waste. Even if you work as waiter but are going to be the president, the experience will help a lot during your interaction. bourne
• India
24 Jan 10
I feel they are very useful. First would be the financial help that a person would get from working in his free hours. Apart from that they instill a sense of discipline, a respect towards work and the ability to interact with people. I think it depends from person to person. Some people get carried away that they are earning money and they can take life on an easier stride, but part time jobs are supposed to be and stay temporary. If we make them our full time jobs, then it spells troubles for us and for the work also. Nothing is for waste. Even if you work as waiter but are going to be the president, the experience will help a lot during your interaction. bourne
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
24 Jan 10
Part time jobs are useful for people who don't have the time for a full time job but need money. Unfortunately nowadays education seems to be a business, and if you don't have money you can't receive a proper education, so even if it takes time that you should be using for study, some people can't help but having to look for a job, and a part time one is always a good option.
24 Jan 10
Yes, Part-Time Jobs Are Really Useful Not Only For Students,But For Many Of Us I Think... Always is Good To Earn Extra Money.
@jareddc (14)
• United States
24 Jan 10
i am young and i to work but a full time job would be to much with sports and school. so i make alot of money working like 2 days a week.
@callarse1 (4796)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Hello! Well I don't agree when you say they aren't useful. When I was studying at the university I had a job. I'm not sure if they are necessary at the high school level but at the university level it was necessary for me because I used to pay for school related items (text books, food, supplies, etc). Your part time job might not have anything to do with your studies but you're getting experience that you can use on your resume. If you can find a paid internship in your field that will be good. Have a nice day. Happy myLotting
• India
23 Jan 10
Part time jobs are very useful for those students who have come from poor families with extremely low economic status. But to become a doctor or engineer, a student needs to invest a minimum of 15-16 hours a day in studies. So,its not possible for a poor student to do part time job and simultaneously prepare for becoming a doctor or engineer. But the part time job can help a student to study upto 12th standard level. Again students are not well experienced in doing a part time job. So, there is high possibility that these students can be exploited by the employers. No doubt the person will get experienced but he has to waste more time for a very small amount of money. But the students who are not in financial problem,or already studying some professional course can add money to their bank account by investing a few hours online in the internet.
@aabuda (1729)
• Philippines
23 Jan 10
In todays financial crisis, I think having a part time job is very useful enough in order to aid oneself. In that way, you will no longer think of any problems that may arise because you have something to give.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
23 Jan 10
My part time job is doing concierge work for a retirement community. It does not help me with my main job but I need the money so I cannot quit. I actually enjoy it too.
@maezee (25431)
• United States
23 Jan 10
It's useful in a materialistic sense to me: the money. It also keeps me busy (and sometimes this can be a bad thing - but some might say it also keeps me out of trouble!). As a student going to school for criminal justice, working as a counter clerk at the dry cleaners (and as a merchandiser at Macy's) has literally NOTHING to do with the career I want to have.. say, 10 years down the line. But it's money, and easy money, and I certainly have quite a few bills I have to pay each month. It's not relevant to what I want to do with my life, but it's real and steady, and I think that's what a lot of us need. It's also really hard to find a job in the field that we're studying, because most require degrees, and most positions are unpaid internships (and when you have bills to pay - this obviously isn't going to work). So, instead, us aspiring students are stuck in entry-level jobs trying to pay for tuition. It's not ideal, but it is what it is.
@Wizzywig (7860)
23 Jan 10
I think they are useful for boosting bank accounts and gaining experience of life. Whilst the job may not appear to have any great relevance to a future career, it does give a taste of what its like to be in the workplace, to have the discipline to stick with something, be punctual, interact with colleagues and generally take responsibility for oneself. Having said that, I feel that employees do take advantage of their student workers and often treat them badly because they know that often, the number of students wanting work will far outstrip the number of jobs available.