By Mark Mascetti |Staff Writer|
Students who manage to work and intern throughout college will be better prepared and qualified for jobs after graduation as opposed to students who do not.
Employers take into consideration extra curricular activities such as jobs, internships and community service activities when hiring new employees.
“My background is Corporate America and the 35 years I did that, I hired hundreds and hundreds of people,” said Donald Girard, Professor of Communications. “It was not unusual to see 200 applicants for one position, so one of my main ways to decide who to interview was to look for internships.”
Students who work at jobs unrelated to their desired profession may still benefit from working during college, though finding work in their desired field would prove to be beneficial.
School is difficult even as a full-time student.
However, working on the side adds to the difficulty and stress.
Multitasking, perseverance and stress-management are just a few different characteristics students will further develop when juggling school and work.
“If you had to work for it, that speaks volumes,” Girard continued.
“I always tried to draw that out of candidates and if they had to take early classes because they work nights, pick up their brother from school in the afternoon, and help out with little siblings because their dad works nights, that speaks a lot.”
The number of college graduates working minimum wage jobs is at a recent high of 71 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Internships and volunteer programs, though often unpaid, can be a great way for students to get their foot in the door.
“While I was going to college, I was an active explorer with the sheriffs department,” said Lauren Abernathy, a 2012 CSUSB graduate.
“When I applied at 21 years old, the department already knew me by name and by the actions I was doing, which helped me get hired as a deputy sheriff that same year,” added Abernathy.
These activities can give college graduates the edge they need to be hired over other college graduates.
The downside of working jobs, internships, and volunteer programs during college is that it may take away from time devoted to studying.
Students with jobs must be able to juggle work and school and sustain a decent grade point average in order to compete for jobs after graduation.
“I work near full-time and sometimes it can take away from studying,” said Angelo Quinto, a communications student. “Working and going to school is tough and I think it will prepare me mentally for a difficult job after graduation.”
Push yourself to your limits, not just by striving for good grades, but also intern, volunteer, or work a job on the side, as it will better prepare you for a job after graduation.