With the economy struggling and jobs scarce, I consider myself lucky to both be in college and have a job. Life as a college student is hard, and lessons are learned whether you like it or not. Having a job to accompany my studies has given me a new outlook on what it means to be dedicated.
Dedication. Now that’s a powerful word. What does it mean to be dedicated? Well, for me, it means staying in on a Friday night to get work done. Or, sacrificing time with friends to finish work that needs to be done. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a social life with both school and a job, but sometimes it’s important to realize what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and how it needs to be done. This is what working at ABODO has taught me.
Being a full-time student while maintaining job responsibilities is tough. For me, school always comes first. Whether homework, exams, quizzes, or projects, school has priority. But, don’t let that affect your ability to work. Think of your job as an extra class – just as you would for your classes, make time to complete your homework. In job terms, make time throughout the week to get some work done. Maybe schedule no classes one day and work the entire day; or, set an amount of hours you want to work throughout the week: 15-20 hours is a great starting point.
Why am I telling you this? Because this is dedication. In order to be successful with school and in a startup, it is essential to dedicate yourself to your priorities and commit to your responsibilities.
ABODO is a great place to work. The employees are friendly, the co-founders are huge Badgers fans, and the new office space is vibrant. ABODO is a startup, so we’re constantly thinking of ways to improve our product. Even though I’m a part-time employee, the things I’ve learned in my (almost) 1 year working for ABODO has prompted me with skills that are unique, professional, and useful. This is just the beginning.
So, juggling school and working a job – can it be done? Definitely. Is it hard? Absolutely. If you’re dedicated, you can do it. It’ll take time to adjust, but once you figure it out, you’ll know.
Was working for a startup something I ever considered? Honestly, no. But, the things I’ve learned while working at ABODO and attending school have given me some great experiences in the real world. From this, I can approach both school and my job with a confident mindset, and for that I am grateful.
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