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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Young workers change jobs a lot. A new study finds the average person has had about six jobs between ages 18-to-26. One UMass student says it’s typical to have a bunch of different jobs when you’re juggling work and college.
“I’ve had multiple part-time jobs,” said Elizabeth Edelman, a sophomore at UMass. “I mean it’s nice to have extra money, but when you get a phone call from your mom like ‘how you doing in school’ and stuff, you want to make them proud. So that’s your first priority.”
But to improve their chances of landing a great job out of school, some UMass students said they actually want to show a variety of experience on their resume.
“When I go look for a job in the future I’ll be able to say I’ve worked at all these different places and learned all of these different things, how can I better your company in the future,” said Elyse Couture, a UMass senior.
Although having multiple jobs in college might be good for your resume, the minute that you leave campus and step out into the real world, constantly changing your career could scare off your future employers.
“Once they graduate, we encourage students to stay at their job for a year, two years, three years, because recruiters don’t want to see them changing every six months,” said Todd Butynski of UMass Career Services.
Butynski says if you have been at a job for only a few months, don’t hesitate to accept a promotion or a job that furthers your career. The study also showed the less education you have, the more likely you are to be unemployed.