To Work or Not to Work While Attending #UCSB?

September 4, 2014
work life balance

For many students the university experience includes academics, extracurricular activities, and at times also having a job. Are you wondering if you should work throughout college? Will it interfere with your academics or enhance the quality of your education? Ultimately, the best decision regarding employment depends on the individual.

It might be a good idea to experience at least one quarter at UCSB before seeking employment; however, some students may not find it difficult to work during their first quarter. National studies have found that students who work a reasonable number of hours per week (10-15) earn as good or better grade point averages than non-working students. On-campus jobs tend to be more flexible with scheduling and allow you to meet fellow students while getting connected to campus resources. Off-campus jobs sometimes give you with more specific work experience that may be more applicable to your area of study. In our opinion, the best jobs are those that provide you with leadership, skills, and personal development opportunities. Whatever type of job you're in, make sure it doesn't interfere negatively with your academics.

For more information about the pros and cons of working, visit

Career Services provides an on-line service called Gaucholink for students who are seeking part-time or full-time work, as well as temporary, vacation and career-oriented positions. To look for open positions, visit Gaucholink on the Career Services website or the Work For Us! page within Housing & Residential Services.


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