Though many idealize college as sleeping in, going to class, studying, and partying, the truth is that many students have to work during college as well.
Whether you’re looking for a way to start paying down those student loans or you just need a little pocket change,part time jobs are a great way to earn money without giving up all of your free time.
When looking for a part time job, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. For example, the job you’re applying for needs to have shifts open that match your schedule. Also, if you’re living on campus without a reliable means of transportation, you will need to consider the location of the potential employer.
Food Service Worker– Many jobs available in the food service industry require little to no experience. With opportunities from fast food to fine dining, the possibilities of food service jobs are endless.
Because it can easily be fit into a student’s schedule, waiting tables is a very popular job. Though minimum wage for a server is usually lower than the regular minimum wage, waiters and waitresses often bring in much more in tips. Ideal servers are outgoing and friendly individuals who can function well under pressure.
Those working part time in the fast food industry may not have a specific position such as “cook” or “cashier.” The nature of the work may depend on the schedule or needs for that day, which gives individuals experience in a variety of different positions.
Dishwashing is another food service job that can be easily done by a student with no experience in the restaurant industry.
Babysitter– Whether it be a regular babysitter to watch the children while they’re at work or an occasional sitter for date nights, all parents will need someone to care for their children at some point. Because daycare centers are becoming so costly, many parents seek out college students to babysit their children. Though it may not be a steady source of income, babysitting often provides more flexible hours than most jobs.
Retail Sales– Retail sales is another position that provides college students with flexible hours. There are many options for retail sales positions at numerous retailers, especially during the holiday season. Retail sales give students the opportunity to obtain experience working with customers and get a feel for the type of environment they may like to work in. And there may be a bonus to working in retail-many stores offer employees product discounts.
Tutor– Tutoring can be a great way for students to share their knowledge to earn extra money. Tutoring is ideal for college students because of the opportunity to choose your own hours and clients. Students can find work tutoring other college students as well as elementary, middle, and high school students.
Part time jobs are not only a great way to earn cash but a great way to earn job experience as well. Even if your part time job does not align perfectly with your career goals, you will still earn career experience for your resume.