I interviewed Garrett Elton about the four jobs he has for this semester and how he balances everything. He is off track this semester, so he only took one, one credit class. Luckily, he didn’t have to balance that many jobs while doing classes full time, but he acknowledges that there are many students who have to balance more than one job while being students to be able to pay for everything. Unlike most students, the jobs aren’t about the money for him. The reason he decided to work so many jobs was for the experience and because the variety of experiences was exciting to him. He doesn’t plan on keeping all four jobs after this semester, due to how chaotic it has been.
Job Jugglers, on the Tightrope: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/business/26work.html
Why You Should Work Multiple Jobs: https://www.moneyunder30.com/why-you-should-work-multiple-jobs
Behind the Scenes
Besides Garrett, I have another friend who is doing 12 credits this semester and three jobs. I know multiple other people who have more than one job while being full-time students. I’ve considered getting a second job, primarily to gain more video experience and because I’ve had times where my schedule would have allowed it but have yet to attempt it. I’ve always wondered how people were able to balance all of the things they needed to with the demands of school and multiple jobs so I used Garrett’s experience this semester as a representation of those students.
One interesting thing that I wasn’t able to include (scheduling the b-roll for it didn’t work out timing-wise) was that Garrett is getting married in August. He will have some expenses for that but would be more concerned with having to pay for all of his and his wife’s combined expenses from there on out.
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