Gigging Your Way through School

They’re not internships but you should treat them as such.

All but the most fortunate of you will at least have a summer job, and too many of you are already working your way through school. With the seemingly ever-rising cost of tuition, this situation is not going to change. You might be wondering why I am spending any time at all on this—after all your McJob has nothing to do with college. However, that’s just not true. How you spend your time off campus is just as important as how you spend your time on campus. Remember, you are in college to get an education and make connections that will improve the quality of your life during school and after graduation.

So just because school is out doesn’t mean class isn’t still in session. Class is always in session and you are always in training. Unless you are planning on owning a franchise, making sandwiches at Subway is wasting your training time, even if it is putting cash in your pocket. If you are going to work, work in a way that is training you for the future. Why?

There are three reasons why you want your job related to your major: (1) You need to see if what you think you want to do is really what you want to do. (2) You need to start meeting people in your intended field. (3) You need something relevant to your future position to put on a resume.

We covered a lot of these points in the section on internships, but I want to give you one more example of how important it is for you to know what you want to do when you graduate . . .