Did you have a part time job when you were still a student?

@p3ks626 (6550)
Philippines
July 15, 2010 11:03am CST
When I was still studying, my dad never allowed me to get a part time job because he wanted me to focus on my studies which was something I did. But I was thinking, that maybe if I had a part time job before, I would have been a more skillful worker. I thought I would have gained experiences that would have helped me in my career. When I would have my own kids, I think I would encourage them to get a part time job while they are studying. Do you have a part time job? What is it? Does it affect your studies?
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@unique16 (1531)
• United States
15 Jul 10
Hello p3ks626, yes I did have a part time job in the major I was in and also had to do 2 co-ops for the major I was taking. I went to Drexel University back in 1980s and mine was the first college demanding you had a computer on college it was the Macintosh... How fare we have as come from students to parents and now sending both my daughters off to college this fall and me being empty nester... It is all good. Thanks and have a great day! Sincerely unique16
• United States
15 Jul 10
would you prefer your kids to have a parttime while they are in school or would you prefer them to focus at least the first few semesters soley on school until they have the hang of it? How did your part time affect your study time and fun time? Did you get to do more because of the extra cash or just end up being tired and scrambling for time.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I would encourage my kids to have a part time job. That's why its called a part time job cause they are not really focusing on it. There's a principle that they should learn in doing that. But of course if the kids dont want that part time job then its okay.
• India
15 Jul 10
never.because my parents wont allow me to go for part time jobs anywhere.so sad for me
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
Me too! Its also too sad for me cause my parents also didnt allow me to get a part time job. It would have been good gaining experiences from those jobs. It would also have been good if I didnt have to ask them some money for my allowance.
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
16 Jul 10
I haven't asked ma parents consent...I thought I just need some pocket money .. so that I don't want to disturb ma parents ...for..it.. I enjoyed myself as a pizza delivery boy...
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
16 Jul 10
yes...I had when I was a student...as a pizza delivery boy...it did give me enough money to spend for ma leisure time...moreover I hated asking parents ....every time.. I still like part time ..business...and jobs.. I'm teaching in a parallel college as ma part time job..I own a computer h/w shop ma part time business... and for enjoyment with some earning...I do myLotting... thanks for the topic.. have a great day/night.....
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
you really had so many part time jobs. i think it pays off anyway and its really worth you time. i hope i will also own my own business in the future. like a part time job in my business but still maintain a primary job.
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I did.I was dancing then in a professional company while studying.That was the only way to do it so that I could still study while following my passion.It was not easy because I would be too sleepy in the classroom almost everyday especially when our performances were on going and sometimes they happen in an exam week.But I passed college anyway.Not with flying colors but with so much pride and dignity.I would often hear my classmates giving all their own excuses as to why they were not able to do their paperwork and i would just silently congratulate myself to have been able to submit it on time no matter how bad it looked.All in all it was a great adventure and until now I'm just so used to multi tasking and pressure!
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
congrats! it must have been hard for you but you survuved and learned a lot from your experiences. i could just imagine the kind of adventure you had when you were still studying and working. it must have been fun.
@aileenc (24)
• Canada
16 Jul 10
When I was a student I worked part time, and then full time at an Ice Rink. It was the best job I ever had. I got fully trained in the skill of ice prep, and am now a trained ice technician. I also learned how to ice skate, sharpen skates, and drive a Zamboni! All skills I will never use again, but its something I know I can do, and fall back of if I have too! The best thing is, I applied for this job randomly, I was desperate for a job and just applied. I had never been to an ice rink before, and couldn't even skate! Basically what I am saying is sometimes, it isn't about applying for a job you think will help you in the long run, it is about trying something new that is different from your studies! Taking a job that is different from what your classes are in will help you find balance, and give you a break from just school!
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
good for you too. i guess you also learned new skills in that job. that's what i am after before when i wanted to apply for a job cause i need to be more independent and learn skills that will help me in later life, i think those students who gad a part time job before are much more skillful than me.
16 Jul 10
Hi, when i was at college i had a part time job at weekend waitressing at a local hotel that held a lot of weddings, parties etc. During holidays i got a job at a local factory packing fish fingers mind numbingly boring but it paid well.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
Good for you! no matter what kind of job you have as long as you are paid well or you got extra cash then that's good enough. That was the same job I wanted to have before but yeah, I didnt have the chance to have that.
@ynalane (105)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
Iam a working students before, although it so hard to be on that situation, I have no regrets.It can help you to be as tough as you can, be systematic and knows to handle your time by learning to prioritize.Our parents will never allows us to do it as much as possible. but in my situation, I know I have to do it even they don't permitted me because I know they have a hard time sending us to college . Three kids on a college is a big expense. That is why I have to make my own move. I do it and Iam proud to my self." No one can ever pay the feeling of having a diploma and a degree.". Time management is the best solution, so that it will never affect your studies a lot.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I like tough people cause they are able to cope with most of the hardships in life. I mean, those who have plenty of experiences are good in coping with things. I have one regret when I was still a student and that was because I was able to have a part time job before.
@monkeylong (3147)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jul 10
Yeah, as far as I am concerned, I think I have been doing a part time job when I was still at school as a student. For me, when I was still a student, I just ry my best to take some pratice in the society in order to make some extra mone. What is more, I still can try my best to pratice myself.I usually enjoy the part time job that I am doing!
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I have heard from a lot of my friends that having a part time job was really a lot of fun. Too bad I didnt experience that. If only I had then I would be sharing these experiences to you now.
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I did, but it was a charity work. I'm teaching guitar, drum and keyboard lesson in our church where i did not accept any payment. (good boy!) There's a lot of options now a days, so it wont be hard for you to look for a part time job suite to your interest. ;)
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
If you were working in a music academy then you would have earned a lot from that. I think its also not necessary to accept payment especially if you are doing it for charity work. Its better if it would have been an act of service that you do.
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
yah thats what i thought...i do agree..but no i dont have a part time job though thats what i really wanted to do when i was still a student...i would would encourage my kids to do that to make them realized the value of money
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I have 40 year old student who told me the same thing a few days ago when I was having a class with him. He said that he wanted to encourage his kids to have a job in the future while they are studying so that they will know the value of money and its not easy to have money.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
16 Jul 10
Hi p3ks626, Yes, I always worked while in school. I began babysitting at age 11 and by the time I was 15 I was working a regular part-time job and still keeping up with my studies. I think it helped me to manage my money as well as learn some work ethics. If I did not have the job,I doubt I would have been doing more studying. I imagine I would have been out and doing something that my parents would not have approved of so it is probably good that I was working. It somewhat (not entirely) kept me out of trouble.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
Good for you! At an early, I think its very good that we already learn these things. I think its making us a better person. Sadly I wasnt able to have the opportunity to do a part time job when I was still studying, I would have said these things also.
16 Jul 10
I have a part time job in school my elementary teacher always ask me to sale the rice cake at the price of one peso so for me to have a extra income at 1 peso I sale it for one cent and fifty centavo so i will have extra and I always join singing contest at the Barangay every fiesta to earn more money and I sale Ice candy on my spare time Saturday and Sunday. Now I ask kids to sale halo halo in front of the house to have extra money so that they can buy whatever they need and save some for them...
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I think you have a good experience being the teacher's assistant in selling the rice cake. When I was in elementary, I also had a teacher who sell something at school but she never chose me to assist her. I wonder why when I was such a nice kid. lol
• United States
16 Jul 10
Last semester was my first year of college. I worked 30 hrs a week. It is part time where I work, but a lot of places part time is like 20 hrs a week or less. I made deans list the first semester with mainly all A's and one B+ I beliieve. My second semester, I got all b's. You just need to focus on your school work when you are not working. I work as a cashier at a Walmart supercennter. It isn't the best, but the hours can drag if it isn't busy. You can do it if you really want to.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
Wow! I think 30 hours is too much. Maybe 20 will do but 30 wont. I think it will eat up all of my time if I would have gotten a pat time job like that. Well, as you said, there are plenty of options so I guess we can just choose wisely.
• United States
15 Jul 10
I got my first job when I was 14, and worked all the way through high school. I worked in a couple restaraunts, and then worked in a grocery store for a long time. I don't think it had a negative impact on my grades or studying, I did very well in school. In fact, I think that it helped once I got older because I had years of work experience.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I also experienced working in places like that but I was already a graduate student at that time. I worked for a friend in his bakery near the school and my mom didnt like me doing my job there cause she thinks its not suited for me cause I graduated already. But I worked there for 3 months only and I learned patience in that kind of job.
@kolsti87 (522)
• United States
15 Jul 10
Yeah, but I still AM a student and I have a job at the Wendy's near my college. I also myLot as a way to make some extra cash. It's a great way to earn the money to save towards your tuition and the loans that paid for it. It's also a nice way to get some of the things your parents don't buy you anymore (like video games and stuff). It hasn't done anything to my studies I still have straight A's (with an occasional B) at a legitimate college.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
Good for you! I salute students who are like that. Especially if they do it to help their parents save money and sometimes pay for the own tuition money. Anyway, whatever the reason why you are doing that, I think you are very lucky to have that job. Good luck!
• United States
15 Jul 10
I believe that when you are first starting out (freshmen) you should not have any job because you need to first develop a system of when the bust study methods and times are for you and once you have gotten the hang of this then you can opt to take on more responsibility. I started school with a full time and although I did a very good job at both, I was struggling, tired and frustrated. It was not easy and I wish I would have had the chance to focuse on one or the other. You can do both but you stand the chance of going through school just getting by and not really understanding or grasping what you are there to learn because your focus is divided.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I was already in my third year at that time I asked my dad some permission to get a part time job. But he didnt allow me to do it even though I had only a few subjects left to take in my senior year. Its only a part time job anyway, you get to spend at 3-4 hours there so you still have more time to study.
@biby91 (29)
• India
15 Jul 10
I am still studying, also I am doing a better online job. The online job that I am doing is very good and easy to implement. My main online jobs are 1) Blogging 2) Using Neobux 3) By Amazon.com 4) Mechanical Turk(Artificial Intelligent) By doing above jobs you can make Huge money from internet.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
The internet is a lot of advantage for students these days cause there are so many things we can actually find online that will help us earn income. Mylot is already one. At least even what we earn here in mylot is not really that huge, we get to have something and its better than nothing.
• Philippines
15 Jul 10
I did a part time job in an internet cafe when I was a student, at the same time I was a Working scholar at school. Had a hectic schedule that time but it was worth it. Bottomline is, its all about time management and how you carry yourself towards the day.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
That's what I mean. Even if you had a hectic schedule, at least you can say that it was all worth doing it. And you learned yourself a lesson on time management. I think that's big factor for you to improve and do good in your job.
@hanagi (391)
• Philippines
15 Jul 10
Same here. I was too focus on studying that when I have finished college there are still so many things that I have not learn. Also, I think I have problem in dealing with people and I blame it for not being exposed to work at an early age. Experience is a great teacher and If only they had permitted me to have a part time job , well maybe I am a better person today. Anyway, even though I have this regrets I still thank them because I was able to finish my studies and I am sure that there is a future waiting for me.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I also have regrets. I was thinking that having a part time job at that time would have helped become mature. Sometimes I feel that I am so dependent of my parents even now especially when it comes to decision making about getting a job. Its like I have to get their approval and I dont want that but sometimes I have to.
@bkrm_gupt (220)
• India
3 Aug 10
No.........Ya i did not do or have any experience of part time job when i was a student,My parents are very strict and they did not allowed to do any work,more over they will always advice me to give more focus on my study rather than any work.Now i am really facing difficult to engage in the work field because i lack the experience,i think its better to do part time job,which will be easy for our future career.