by Monika Barta
College is the intersection between adolescence and adulthood. Nerve-wrecking deadlines, serious responsibilities, individual decisions, and unavoidable direct consequences; these four or more years serve as a real-life tutorial for most students.
In times of barely five hours of sleep per night filled with throwback childhood dreams ruthlessly scattered by the alarm clock and followed up by coffee-overdose mornings, students seek optimism and inspiration within their future plans. Goals and aspirations serve as better source of fuel than caffeine when keeping college students devoted to their overloaded routines. One common purport held by most students is to get a stable income job after graduation. However, considering the growing competence of today’s market a diploma might not be quite enough to guarantee a satisfying workplace.
At Dominican University of California many students contact Vanessa Ioannides, the Career Services Manager, on a daily basis in order to obtain information regarding their career future plans and current possibilities.
According to Ioannides, internships, jobs, and any other participation in paid or unpaid professional opportunities is of high importance, “Career preparedness is essential for any student attending college”, she says.
The benefits of having a job throughout college, however, are not limited to a higher chance of employment. As pointed out by Ioannides, working students have entry to wider networking with successful people and higher financial safety; “It's also a great way to earn extra cash in order to save and pay off student loans which are very critical and expensive for many people”.
Even though the ability for multitasking is said to be increasing in direct proportion to new generations, maintaining a good GPA while having a job can be difficult at times.
Time seems to be one of the biggest issues faced by students balancing between work and academics. “I really enjoy working as a tutor, but sometimes the workload of nursing can be overwhelming and I have to sacrifice my sleep”, said a Sophomore nursing major at Dominican.
Ioannides agrees that students who take up responsibilities brought by routine of such high capacity might encounter some difficulties; “I think for most people who balance a lot of different priorities, work/life balance is always going to be a challenge”. However, she highlights that Dominican students are exposed to a possibility of applying for on-campus jobs, that are of higher schedule flexibility.
“Whereas, off-campus employers may not be as sensitive due to their demands”, comments the Career Manager, citing this to be the reason for the popularity of on-campus jobs among Dominican students.
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