Should my student work during their first semester?

If the student has a desire to work, he or she should be encouraged to do so, for a limited number of hours. Many students working on campus average 10-15 hours a week. Most on-campus departments are willing to work with the students’ schedule, typically being more flexible than off-campus employers. Having an on-campus job can actually help students to organize their time better and make valuable contacts on campus. However, if students are concerned about the effect working may have on their schedule, it might be better to wait until the second semester before they get a job.