Is Working Really Worth it?

The pros and cons of student employment

By Aida Ohadi Contributor

As we’re approaching the beginning of the school year students might be considering getting a job, but is it a good idea to work at the same time as studying?

We’ve all been there! It’s the beginning of the semester and the cost of school can be ridiculously high. From books and school supplies to tuition and housing, having to figure out how to pay for everything can be very stressful. This is the reason why a lot of students look for a job, but whether having a job will intervene with school remains a big question, especially for freshmen and new students.

I’m a transfer student and this is my first semester at LBSU. During my two years at Glendale Community College I had a few jobs both on campus and off campus. Personally, I think on-campus jobs are great because not only are the hours very flexible with your class schedule, but you also get to meet new people and students who share the same interests. However, whether it’s on or off campus, there are both pros and cons to working while going to school.

Ultimately, it’s up to the students to decide whether they can handle having a job or not. The decision really depends on the individual’s school schedule, as well as their ability to manage time and other priorities.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of both fulltime and part-time undergraduate students who have jobs has noticeably decreased since 2005. This decrease in number suggests that most students prefer not to work and instead choose to focus more on school.

The most important thing however, is that whether you choose to get a job or not, remember that school is always a priority because it’s what gets you to your long-term goals and dreams.


  • More money for school and personal spending
  • Exposure to new people
  • Learn new professional skills
  • Gain work experience for resumes


  • Less free time overall
  • May interfere with school work, social activities or sleep schedules
  • Increased stress