Student Jobs to Consider when Choosing a College

The costs of college can seem sky-high, but through the benefit of financial aid and holding a part-time job as a student, attending college does not have to indicate a personal debt crisis. Working during college is not only a great way to keep money in your pocket for unexpected or personal expenses (such as dinners out, socializing with friends, traveling home for visits, and materials for class projects), it also shows potential employers your ability to multitask, handle a good amount of responsibility, and manage your time wisely. Additionally, you may find you are able to save enough money to help offset student loan payments and keep some cash in the bank if you don’t find a full-time job by graduation. Finally, working throughout college may entitle you to specific scholarships and open doors for post-graduate employment. Before you skip off to school, consider your options for employment during college.

The College Community

College communities come in all different shapes and sizes. Some schools are in the middle of a bustling urban landscape with a bevy of opportunities for student work. Even in smaller cities, if there is an active township surrounding the school or within close proximity, you may find job options there. In places like these, shop and restaurant owners often rely on student employees for a majority of the year while local colleges and universities are in session. These options are great for students as employers are usually willing to train someone without experience and can offer flexibility in work schedules to accommodate your classes. The best places to start are local retailers, restaurants, and coffee shops. In a lot of instances, you may even get some perks in the form of employee discounts.

On-Campus Opportunities

Most universities offer students on-campus employment opportunities. These jobs range in description and salary, but a thorough search will draw many options that may suit you. Often, jobs include office assistant, office clerk, gym/health center employee (including maintaining order and efficiency of center, lifeguarding, instructing fitness classes), dormitory desk attendant, department aid, and more. You may find an opportunity to work in the department you’re studying in, which could mean a chance to network with university staff or receive valuable information about your potential career field. Another option students pursue every year is working as a resident advisor (RA), wherein students typically receive free room and board and a small amount of pay (and usually a private dorm) to work as the advisor of student life for a certain dorm or floor.

Not all of these options are for everybody, but with the right motivation and dedication, you can find a student job option that suits you well.


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