Being in a university offers you what you ought to know academically- Higher Mathematics, Advanced Chemistry and Physics, Biology, Philosophy, or whatever academic requirement your chosen degree necessitates. It is by attending courses and classes that you earn the units needed for you to finally complete your degree and eventually your passport to the real world- that diploma.
But as the cliché goes, learning is not and should not be limited to the four sides or corners of the classroom-whichever you prefer geometrically. You can actually learn by involving yourself to a job that is inclined to your degree; and the good thing is that, you can do this while you are still in the university.
From a more personal perspective, I have always thought that focusing on my academics alone while in the university was more advantageous. I can concentrate really well, my time was spent studying for my subjects, and the distractions were minimal, if not negligible. But once, a classmate encouraged me to get involved into this job, and I eventually found it favorable on my part. Let me share with you the reasons why.
- I earn knowledge-academic and non-academic
Nerdy as it may sound, I had this mindset that I am in the university to learn and any activity that’s not within the confinement of my definition of learning is a no. You see, I am currently pursuing a degree in Business and Administrative Studies and while in school, a friend introduced me this startup company which needed part time administrative assistants as they cannot afford yet to hire full-scale. At first I was hesitant but a few weeks in the job and I got hooked because I learned a lot. The concepts I learned from my subjects, I get to apply them into the strategies that I tried to introduce into the company. Also, I have improved my communication skills which boosted my confidence- real life skills which came into handy whenever we had to present reports in class.
- I had the chance to meet like-minded individuals
Focusing on my academic life has somehow led me to befriend my books and the World Wide Web more than people. But having a part-time job while in the university has allowed me to meet people who share the field of business administration within, not to mention that these individuals have been out in the jungle of business for quite some time now. From them, going back to reason number one, I have actually learned lots of ideas and real-life tips which were not mentioned in the textbooks. Also, the interactions and the team-building activities allowed me to reflect as a person and even helped me in relieving the stress accumulated into my system by university life.
- The compensation
My earnings from the part-time job I had made my financial life a bit more flexible. Through my part-time job earnings, I get to buy personal stuff which I may have considered to be beyond my budget had I not gotten the job. Moreover, by being a part of the company, I get to enjoy a lot of free meals, and paid trips.
- It’s an investment
For me, having this job while studying is an investment. It is in the sense that I have put in my time and effort to do my function for the startup company without sacrificing my academics, which I believe I have successfully did. By putting in that great effort, I have earned on-the-job experience and real-life lessons which I can eventually enter into my resume later on and of course bank on my personal knowledge on the field.
Leading a balanced academic and professional life has given me fulfillment and I guess that’s what’s more important. I wake up every morning having not only one but actually two purposes; and fulfilling both makes me happy.
The author is on her last year on Business and Administrative Studies. She plans to give the corporate jungle a good try after graduation- or maybe become a full-time asset on the company she’s currently involved with. Find out more about her university and career experiences at essayjedi.com.