Why Time Is Money For Students In The US

Time, as a commodity, is of the essence to college and university students these days. Whether fresh graduates or still enrolled, young people are increasingly feeling the pressure to outperform their contemporary peers. This rat race stems from the competitive nature of the market and students feeling like they are under immense pressure to do the most in the limited time they have.

In the increasingly competitive world of today, it is no surprise that students feel the need to push themselves even more to achieve their goals. After all, the fluidity of the workforce entails that individuals can switch from one type of work to another fairly easily; this means that no one’s job is stable and everyone must put in the work to stay afloat. As Holtom(?) notes, “few Baby Boomers have been retiring while a record number of college graduates were entering the job market.” This strain on students means they need to make the most of their time for it to reap any benefits for them.

One struggle most students face when looking for employment, or even internship, opportunities, is the issue of experience. Most job offers entail that fresh gradates must have at least 1 to 2 years of experience in the relevant field; this is often a point of contention with students since it can be nearly impossible to have much valuable work experience while also being a full-time student. This strife means that everything students choose to do with their time can have bearings on their future and each action will yield certain outcomes. Since this trade off exists, students can often feel pressured to take up full time work while also studying full-time. The decision to opt for either alternative could be damaging in the longer run; whether that entails giving more time to one’s job and, in turn, being unable to focus on one’s studies or the other way around. A survey of 548 millennials in the United States proved that 16% of them remained unemployed after six months in the job market, thus proving that there is a need for these students to use their time wisely to enjoy the greatest benefits.

Here are a few ways students can make the most of this resource of time:

Set priorities

Figure out what means most to you and organize your priorities accordingly so as to make your work of managing your various responsibilities in the most efficient way possible. As a student, it is imperative that you don’t neglect your academic responsibilities to pursue inconsequential tasks that will not do much for you – a part-time job in an unrelated field will not only be useless in terms of gaining experience or knowledge, but it will also serve as a distraction from more important course work.

Managing your time

In order to meet your prioritized goals, time is a very important factor. Once you have set your priorities, you must know how to allocate time amongst them so as not to waste precious time on useless tasks while important work goes unchecked. As a college student, it would make sense to dedicate your time to your assignments and studies, as opposed to a part-time job in the nearby coffee shop.

Freelancing and remote work

One way to beat the seemingly insurmountable task of getting work experience while studying is to opt for freelancing jobs. You can utilize your time wisely by using your skills and knowledge to pick up freelance projects that don’t take up your time like a full-time job might. Additionally, the ability to work remotely allows you the freedom to manage your time wisely and efficiently. The gig economy, expected to be 43% of the US workforce by 2020, is quickly becoming the mainstay of the youth. Through it, you are able to get internships and project-based work in organizations and start-ups that meet your skill set and in your desired fields of work. This allows you to effectively manage your time while also gaining meaningful experience and learning in the process.

Time, essentially, is money for college and university students for whom mismanagement of their valuable time may spell disaster in the longer run. For students in the US, given the competition and requirements of the market, the efficient and effective management of time is inextricably tied to their success.

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