Tuition, room and board, books, student fees, late night pizzas, nights out, cell phones and more; the expenses mount while you’re a student. Getting a job can help alleviate the stress of financial concerns and give you a little extra for social activities. Not all student jobs are the same, however. Some can have benefits beyond the extra earnings.
Here are 10 jobs that can benefit students in multiple ways:
1. Paid Internships in your field
While paid internships are usually the most desirable, and therefore the hardest to land, you’ll want to work hard to put your best foot forward because landing one is a cherry gig. Many times you can earn money as well as course credit for these positions, and more often than not, employers who offer paid internships find new hires out of their pool of interns. Internships are terrific résumé boosters as well, with specific and relevant experience to show potential employers.
2. On campus jobs
Don’t have a car or reliable transportation? Try an On Campus Job. There are a wide range of opportunities on campus to earn money. The campus bookstore and recreation center probably offer positions for students. You might also think about becoming a paid tour guide for prospective students—a great idea if your major is in a field like Public Relations or Hospitality. Look for positions in your field as a peer tutor, research assistant, work study, or teaching assistant, which are all positions that would help you should you choose to go to graduate school. As you can see, on campus options are quite varied and easily accessible to you.
3. Micro freelancing
Need flexibility in your hours? Consider Micro Freelancing, where you offer specific skills or services to clients in need. Use online resources like Gigwalk.com or Microworkers.com to find short term needs you can fulfill. You can choose more during times when your coursework is less demanding, and then opt not to take on gigs when you are overloaded, such as midterms and finals.
Just as you might on campus, consider becoming a Tutor in your field. If you’re a math wiz or have strong vocabulary, you might try SAT prep. Minoring in Spanish or French? These languages are often taught at the middle grade and high school level, where tutors may be in demand. Studying writing? Consider taking on students working on their college applications, writing their entrance essays. Majoring in the performing arts? You could teach at local dance studios, offer private music lessons, or work with a local children’s theatre.
Love children? Becoming a Nanny or offering Babysitting Services might be a fun way for you to earn extra money. Websites like Care.com can help you get matched up with families who need child care. This experience is also a bonus for those studying Child Development or are interested in fields working with children.
6. Waiting tables
It may seem cliché, but working as a Server in a local restaurant can be more beneficial than you think. Consider this true story: a college student majoring in business took a position waiting tables at a local pub. Over about a year and half, he had a regular customer that he served almost every Friday evening. The server would discuss little bits of his interests and studies over that time, and as it turned out the “regular” happened to be the CEO of a growing local firm. Because he had always received great service, the CEO was happy to introduce his favorite waiter around, and offered him an entry position at his own company. Bonus: the tips were also terrific.
7. Become a clerk
Clerk in your field or a field you are interested in. A bright English student thought she wanted to go to law school until she clerked in a law firm. While she earned good experience and great references, she chose to go in a different direction for her career. Better to find that out before the time and expense of law school. On the flip side: a Pre-Vet student worked reception at a busy veterinary office, where he solidified his love for working with animals. He also got a terrific reference for veterinary school.
8. Sell your art
Are you the artsy type who loves making things? Consider being a Part-Time Arts Entrepreneur using Etsy.com On Etsy, people make clothes, sell photographs and other visual art, knit sweaters or scarves or mittens—just about anything you can think of. If you’re someone who likes to craft, there might be a niche market to sell your wares. You can make art as well as make money. Advertise using social media, and ask your friends to help spread the word.
9. Become a personal assistant
Busy consultants and top freelancers often can use extra help from a Part-Time Personal Assistant. If you can run errands, proof letters, organize, and do light administrative tasks, you might be able to ease the stresses of a busy professional. Often, consultants and freelancers have considerable networks, and if you do a good job they will be happy to introduce you to companies when you’re ready to go on the job market. You will also be a pro at multi-tasking.
Studying Journalism, English, or Creative Writing? Consider taking on work as a Proofreader. The local paper may need weekend or evening help with this kind of work, or businesses who produce regular newsletters may need someone to correct grammar and fact check. These skills are prized not only in the writing professions, but often are sought after by companies of all types.
The good news for students is that there are many of interesting and rewarding ways to make a little income while pursuing an education. The most important things, when considering a part time position as a student, is to find one that fits your schedule, needs, and gives you experience to add to your résumé. A job that can provide these benefits not only gives you extra cash, it gives you the chance to hone skills and gain expertise.