I didn’t have a job my first semester of college. I lived the quintessential college life of going to class, going to parties, studying, and napping. Was it awesome? Yes. Was I broke? I sure as hell was. By the time my second semester rolled around, it became clear that I was going to need a job. My second semester, I had been offered a job coaching soccer at my high school. So I lived at home, commuted an hour to school three days per week, and worked three jobs. I coached soccer, I bartended, and I worked at a gas station. That was stupid. I was exhausted and I had virtually no social life.
Sophomore year I moved back to the dorm and had a much more normal college year. I picked up the waitressing job where I would for the next three years. As far as college jobs go, it was perfect. I was actually sad to leave when I graduated. I had a few other jobs on the side here and there throughout college, but the job at the Irish Pub held strong.
Most people I know worked their way through college. When you’ve got a heavy class-load it can be a burden. But finding the right job is a huge help! Here are some jobs for college students that will be perfect for a college lifestyle!
If you have to study your butt off in college anyways, you might as well make some money off of what you’ve learned! Most colleges have a tutoring program where they partner tutors with students. If you have a subject that you really excel in (perhaps your major), check out your school’s program.
This is what I did during college and I loved it! The hours are fairly flexible, you can make great money on nights and weekends, and you can usually get free or discounted food (depending on where you work). That 50% discount allowed me to eat a lot of cheap meals in college! Plus I was able to make other friends my age who were also waitressing their way through college.
If you love kids, make some extra money by taking on babysitting and nanny jobs in college! Websites like care.com allow you to create a profile and search for jobs based on what the family is looking for. There are part time and full time nanny jobs, as well as intermittent babysitting jobs.
I wish I had thought to do this in college! There are plenty of websites that advertise freelance jobs from writing, to virtual assistant, to graphic design. Some are one-time jobs while others are ongoing. The great thing about this is you can pick up freelance work when you have time, and take a break when you’re busy with finals, midterms, etc.
University Book Store Employee
Working at your university’s book store, or really any on campus job, is a great choice! Since they’re part of the university, these employers are usually extra sensitive to scheduling around classes. It’s an especially great choice if you’re living on campus and don’t have a vehicle.
Most schools have a fitness center on campus that offer classes. If not, you can find a fitness center nearby to instruct classes. This is the perfect job for fitness junkies who need flexible schedules to work around their classes.
RA (Resident Adviser)
If you’re already going to be stuck living in a dorm, look into the RA program at your school! Usually you’ll get free room and board on top of your paycheck, so you’re saving a ton of money in addition to making money. This is a perfect fit for you if you’re outgoing and enjoy interacting with other people.
What was your favorite job in college?
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