Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
That is a tough spot to be in for anyone. I understand the need to work while attending school; I did it myself working 2-3 jobs all through undergrad and full-time through grad school. I would encourage you to try a couple to things in order to get the experience that you feel you need to be competitive with your peers. First; speak with your current employer, or the employer that you feel would work with you the most if you have more than one job, to explain your situation and see what they will do to help support your continued educational development. Secondly, speak with your career services office to see what paid experience opportunities they have available for your skills and experience to help you gain introductions to the industry that you wish to work in after graduation. Third; and this may be the most challenging action of them all, if you are unable to gain the support from your current employer you may have to look at changing your hours or job altogether to give you the flexibility that you need. I do not say this without a little hesitation as I am not advocating that you do something financially devastating, I have no idea what your actual situation is currently, however, having no balance to your work and free time is not healthy, nor is it sustainable in the long term. Ultimately you have to decide on what is most important to you, your current or future state of employment. I wish you the best of luck in navigating through this very challenging situation.