Students find ways to balance work, studying

By Anna Smith
Staff Writer

The University of West Florida’s Department of Career Services and Department of Student Involvement teamed up to host a part-time job fair on Sept. 8 in the University Commons Auditorium, where more than 45 employers were present to talk to university students about potential part-time jobs.

“These experiences are also beneficial in allowing students to network with industry professionals, and increasing students’ connections and potential opportunities,” Stephanie Dwyer, assistant director for Career Services said.

Students showed their mixed feelings about working a part-time job during their college career. Angie Diplacido, a senior psychology major, said having a part-time job adds more to her plate, and working part time as a peer educator for Wellness Services goes hand in hand with her future goals.

“It makes my life a little stressful, but it’s a fun stressful,” Diplacido said. “I don’t have a lot of down time anymore.”

(Photo courtesy of UWF Career Services Twitter)

Bryce Follett, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said working part-time gives him networking opportunities and allows him to build his resume and improve his social skills.

“I learn a lot with this job and I meet a lot of new people,”Follett said.

According to a study by Georgetown University, more than 70 percent of college students have worked while attending school. The number of working students has grown as college enrollment and tuition have increased.

Whether students are paying for their housing, or even footing the bill of tuition, many have found that working a part time job is crucial to continuing their education.

Georgetown researchers found thatstudents are working an average of 30 hours a week, but about 25 percent of working students are simultaneously employed full-time and enrolled in college full-time.”

Contact Stephanie Dwyer at 850-474-2254 for information about future events.

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