Staff Reporter

Many college students in the city are taking up part-time jobs to meet their expenses

For most students, working while in college serves their monetary needs College students who work may suffer from stress and nutritional deficiencies

Bangalore: More and more college students are taking up part-time jobs to meet their expenses. Though some students might claim that working helps them gain experience and earn money, the effect of juggling studies and work can be clearly seen in their academic grades.

A few manage with part-time jobs and being regular at classes and getting fairly good grades; for others, the distractions of work are, obviously, too much.

The reasons vary. For most students, working while in college serves their monetary needs.

Those who stay as paying guests take part-time jobs to meet their additional expenses. A percentage of students work only to gain experience and develop professional contacts.

Some parents allow their children to work but others hesitate thinking it might affect their studies.

Prashant, parent of a working student, says: "Part-time jobs are not only a way to earn money and experience, but also add to the exposure a student gets." They learn firsthand how a working environment is, much before their first job.

Some parents feel that they give enough money to their children and there is no need for them to work. These are mostly from the upper middle-income group.

Stress

Studies show that college students who work may suffer from stress and nutrition deficiencies, some teachers say. "Students who work late into the night exhibit fatigue and lack of concentration in the classroom," a lecturer says.

The easy availability of part-time and full-time jobs has added to the number of working students. Event management companies, business promotions and door-to-door surveys are among the job options available.

It is only rarely that work interferes to the extent of inducing some students to drop out of college.

Reva, a working student, says, "I do not have to trouble my parents for extra expenses."

A few students also work to support their own education, especially for courses where the fee is high. Weekend jobs are also available in the retail trade where a student can work without missing classes.

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