College Connect: The Need (or Want) to Work Multiple Jobs

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By Phil Joens

UntitledMore than likely the income from your first job will be enough to get you by, but not much more.

In addition to my full-time job I’m also getting paid to do freelance journalim and umpiring. I have been able to pile a little I cash on hand because of my full-time job. But I feel pressure, as I’ve detailed in past posts, because I have credit cards to pay down, and a student loan deferment that ends in June.

No matter where you live or work when you first get out of college, you will probably want, if not need, to find at least one additional source of income; other than your full-time job. Like me, the pressure to pay off that student debt is really affecting my generation. With average debt topping $30,000, many of us wants to pay that off as soon as possible.

Your college education does pay off though. According to The Huffington Post, a recent study found that only 8 percent of college grads work more than one job more than four years after college.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that 8 percent of the population continues to work a second job as they get older, as well. I can say with pride that I will probably be one of these. I started umpiring when I was 13 years old, and I have no intentions of quitting anytime soon.

— Phil Joens is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri

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