Although a part-time job is a financial necessity for many students attending college, a work experience offers many other benefits as well. The U.S. Department of Education found that students working up to 15 hours per week have a significantly higher grade point average than students who don’t work at all. Along with the paycheck and good grades, students develop “future ready” skills that may be applied to a career after graduation. A work experience can also teach and develop technical skills that may be applied to a career after graduation. A high percentage of Concordia students hold part-time jobs and many opportunities for employment exist at Concordia (see Work in the Financial Aid section). Other special programs such as internships and practicums allow students to obtain academic credit for their work experience, although not all of these positions are paid.