17 It's good for students to have a job at some point, whether it's working part- time after school or full-time during the summer. Working will provide you with various skills, teach you time management, and give you an apprecia- tion for the value of money. Be smart about when and where you work How many hours you work depends on how much money you need (or want), and how much time you can devote to work without interfering with your academic performance, activities, and other obligations. It is ideal (but not always possible) for your work to relate to your eventual career path. For example, sales and customer service jobs are ideal for anyone who wants to go into business, and child care or tutoring positions are perfect for those who want to go into teaching. Regardless of where you work, give every job your best effort. You never know where a job may lead, or how valuable a positive recommendation from a boss or supervisor can be to your future. With every job you take you're building your resume and your professional network (people who can offer advice, introductions, and letters of recommendation). Check out employee benefits Many businesses offer their employees vacation days, sick days, health insurance, and/or a 401(k) plan. Before you take a job, check out their employee benefits—they can be worth a lot of money. Earn While Learning Freelance Work Anyone with a particular skill or passion can use their talents and interests to make some extra money. Common freelance jobs include babysitting, tutoring, computer troubleshooting, car detailing, and creating websites. Of course, it takes an “en- trepreneurial spirit” to find customers and market your services.