Two incomes are better than one, right? If you find that you are actively saving money, but still do not seem to have as much as you’d like, consider picking up a part-time job. If you work a regular 9-5 during the week, consider finding something for one day over the weekend and/or a few shifts at night during the week. Do not over-commit yourself, however, and be sure to determine the amount of time that works best with your schedule. Also, be careful to not let your second job interfere with your primary job and do not let it take over your life in that you do not have time to spend with you family and friends or do the things that you find fulfilling. Balance is important.
Having a second job not only provides you with extra income, it will also provide you with an additional set of skills as well as potential contacts and references for the future. It also provides some income security in case you lose your primary job for whatever reason, or it could lead to a new job entirely if you decide to take it on full-time. A second job may also open up your social life or allow you to enjoy more of a favorite hobby, if you start a job doing something that you already enjoy doing. For example, I work part-time as a scuba divemaster on top of my regular 9-5 job. I typically help out with about one class a month, which equals about 4-5 evenings per month. It’s not much, but it’s something that I enjoy doing anyway, since scuba diving is my favorite hobby, and it has allowed me to meet a variety of new people, including new friends and dive buddies. Plus most of the money that I’ve made for the classes I’ve put toward maintaining my scuba gear (costs that I’d have to incur anyway), since I also get a discount for working for the dive shop. It has also given me plenty of experiences that I’ve been able to talk about in an interview for a new job that I received, since my primary job is not a people-oriented position (and the new job that I received is).
If you are hoping to save up for a certain goal or vacation, pay off some of your debt, or simply put away more money than you are currently putting away, consider getting a part-time job for a few hours a week. It may not sound like may, but will definitely add up!
You might have to do your research, but there are probably plenty of opportunities for networking in your area! Going to one of these events may be a good way to get you out of your comfort zone and they are great practice for improving your social skills and confidence. You may find a new friend, significant other, or career contact. Try to make the most of it by exchanging your information (email, phone number, business card) with at least one other person. It’s probably best to go to an event alone — if you attend an event with a good friend, you might be more tempted to just mingle with your friend instead of chatting with new people. After the event, try to focus on a goal for the next one (obtaining more contact information, bringing your business cards, interacting with more people, etc.). To find an event, simply perform a Google search, join Meetup.com, or sign up for an alumni list from your alma mater.
I hadn’t really thought about attending a networking event before, but one of my friends helps to organize a “Cornell Club” in my area and I have been meaning to attend one of their events in order to support his efforts. The club mostly organizes dinners, fun outings, and 5k teams for races, but also plan mixers with alumni from other colleges, so I decided to join in on the latest one. It was different from what I expected, but I’m glad that I went! There were a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds (for some reason, I was assuming that it would mostly be younger alumni, but I was wrong!) and they all graduated from top universities but are currently living in my area. I met a good amount of new people that night and found that I had some things in common with a few of them (there were several scuba divers there, several other biology majors, and a few fellow Cornell grads, one of which knew of me through one of my good friends). I met one girl around my age who is new to the area, so she and I are going to meet at some point to explore a bit, since I know the area pretty well by now. If nothing else, I made a new friend! I know that a networking event can sound intimidating (trust me, I’m not the type to go to a new event alone), but I definitely felt much more relaxed once I started meeting people.