Dear Derek,

Is getting a job on campus worth the extra stress?

Sincerely, Unemployed


Dear Unemployed,

Yes, I absolutely recommend getting a job on campus.

In today’s society, 10 percent of the United States’ population controls 90 percent of the money that operates within the economy. What makes them powerful? Money!

Now, I’m not encouraging one to become cheap or materialistic like Mr. Krabs from SpongeBob; however, in all reality, we need money. If you go to dinner with some friends and you open your wallet and see gnats flying out, then it’s time to get your life together! We’re all poor college kids, and at the end of the day, we can’t rely on our parents for money forever.

According to Tech Insider, 84 percent of men and women say it’s a red flag if a date can’t be financially independent. Another 50 percent have dumped their significant other due to the topic of money causing friction within their relationship.

At the end of the day, it’s better to have money than it is not to have it. Being financially independent can also lead one to become more attractive to others. Look at Hugh Hefner… too soon?

Having a job on campus not only allows you to become financially independent, but it can lead to life-changing experiences. According to Forbes Magazine, 65 percent of jobs won’t hire someone without experience; unless you already know someone who can vouch for you. In result, not having any work experience might hurt your career in the long run.

In addition, having an on campus job shows future employers that you’re very engaged on campus. Future employers want leaders who can maintain great grades while having a job or being involved in clubs and activities. This not only represents your ability to handle time management, but also offers leadership roles.

Think about this: let’s say you were an employer and you received two resumes. One is from a student who had a 3.5 GPA, worked in a part time job and was in a club; the other resume is a student who had a 4.0 GPA, but didn’t take any leadership roles. Who do you think they will hire? The majority of the time they would hire the person with the lower GPA because they were involved on their campus and proved that they could handle numerous activities at the same time.

Finally, in a campus job you will meet multiple people from diverse backgrounds. This could allow brand new opportunities to make new friends or network with people who you wouldn’t have met if you hadn’t taken that job. Maybe you will meet your future husband, wife or sugar daddy/mommy; however, you will never know if you do not try.

Furthermore, numerous jobs on campus are very simple. All you have to do is perform a few tasks and maintain great customer service, and then with your free time you can do your homework. You can literally get paid for doing your homework--what are you waiting for?!?

I currently work at the Harre Union, and it’s a fantastic place to work. They’ve offered me food several times, I get to interact with numerous students who I never knew about until I received my job, the pro-staff actually cares about what I have to say and I get paid, which can go to my fraternity chapter dues and rent. I don’t know why you’re still reading this. If I were you, I would go find a job on campus right now and apply so you can be making some bank for your future.

Sincerely, Derek

The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.

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