What Matters in a Job

If you’re like most people in college, you probably have either a part or full time job to help with expenses. It might be a “real” job that will convert to a career post-graduation, or it could be a “college” job, where you help reshelve books for slightly above minimum wage. Regardless, it can start teaching you some important things about yourself that will be useful to know when you start figuring out what type of work environment you’d like to work in long-term.

For instance, in my first college job, I worked in an admissions office. I had to dress very professionally (I was the face of my university), and was not allowed to do any homework, though truthfully I snuck it in because there wasn’t a whole lot else to do. He never smiled, but had high standards of customer service for all the staff. I quit after a year and a half for $2 an hour less working at the library.

Best decision ever. This taught me something important: I was willing to trade money for job happiness.

This one was wonderful. I loved books, and now I was surrounded by them. My boss was super laid back, and allowed me to basically do whatever I wanted as long as I helped the patrons whenever they needed assistance. I appreciated the flexibility, and didn’t mind occasionally not having time to do homework, as long as we were legitimately busy. I stayed at this job till I finished my degree.

I didn’t realize it then, but my choices were already showing me important things about myself that would apply further down the road. So if you’re not working in order to concentrate on studies, consider getting at least a part time job. You may not realize it now, but it will teach you invaluable things about yourself that will come in very handy later on.

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