So, you’re in college and you are looking for a job on the side, you know, because you’re an adult now and you want spending money. Or beer money, or spring break money. Whatever your financial needs, there are some great places to begin looking for jobs that you can hold while still being a full time student and maintaining your brilliant 4.0 GPA…or, just making school your top priority, as it should be.
The first and probably best resource for finding a job that will work with your student schedule is to go to your college’s financial aid office. If you are on work-study, you qualify for a campus job. Even if you aren’t on financial aid, you can still get a campus job because they often don’t fill all the positions they have open with only the financial aid/ work-study students. If you can get a job on campus, it is pretty much guaranteed that they will work with your academic schedule and pay you at least minimum wage.
Plus, a lot of the jobs are things like checking people into the gym or library, meaning that you sit at a desk for your entire shift and are therefore allowed to have homework with you. So, you can basically be paid to do your homework. If that isn’t a win-win situation, I don’t know what is. You could also end up with a really unconventional but interesting job, like being an art model. This might require you to take your clothes off and stand for long periods of time in front of a room of your peers, but it also usually pays a lot and you get to look at the next generation of talented artist’s renditions of you.
Sometimes the jobs on campus fill up quickly, or you aren’t qualified to do them (not EVERYONE can be certified to teach a weekly yoga class). If you still want employment, the next best thing to do is find a part-time job near campus. If you go to a school in a big city, this will be a lot easier for you than if you go to a school in the middle of nowhere. Instead of searching for places that are hiring, print out lots of copies of your resume and hand them out anywhere you would like to work. This gets your name out there and could lead to a job in the near-future.
If you want to work over the summer and also build your resume, try to find a paid internship. Before you fall off of your chair laughing because “paid internship” is an oxymoron, give Google a little search and see what’s out there. If you can find an internship that will pay you anything or give you a stipend, apply for it immediately and with your best effort. Nothing will look better on you resume, make your summer easier or lead to stronger credentials for future jobs than an internship that will pay you.