Forget the college experience as adult benefits with a teenaged lifestyle like a long-term sleepover. The point is to get a job and acquire independence. What’s the point of being an adult if you don’t build on your effort?
- It makes you worth the salary you expect after graduation. The college degree is supposed to make you worth more money than the person without one. That won’t be automatic unless your major is in demand by an industry.
- To gain relevant experience. Anyone can work in retail. If your major isn’t in finance, accounting, or management, it’s the wrong field.
- The college experience is temporary. Education and experience will always be a part of your life. Parties usually end. Friends come and go. Networking includes socializing. You need to know who you are and where you want to be.
- So you don’t get distracted from the goal. The point of college is employment—case closed.
- It sets you apart. Not every college student works. Peers may tell you to take it easy and be less serious. You shouldn’t hang out with people like that. Do you want to make $31,000 annually to start or $60,000?
- They transition from young adult to real adult. You shouldn’t be suddenly trying to make this change just before or after graduation. It should be a gradual process.
- You have great flexibility with your time. You can work part-time, full-time, every day, certain days, every year or just the last one or two.
- You have options for positions. You can try out what fits and what doesn’t with little to no penalty. You can also work in different positions to get a well-rounded view of an industry.
- Your field will take you seriously. The typical college graduate won’t have the work experience you do on his or her resume. College students aren’t expected to work. It says much if you do so.
- You can start networking and making things happen professionally. You’ll be meeting people who may become references or connections for future jobs. College is an adult endeavor. Treat it like one by getting everything possible out of your education.
It’s easy to lose sight of why you’re in college. Enjoy yourself. Remember the goal.