Tips for Finding Part-Time Work On and Off Campus

Tips for Finding Part-Time Work On and Off Campus
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    If you are pinching pennies or otherwise counting every dime, then you have very little money to meet your needs.

    Moreover, if ramen noodles is your diet of necessity and not of choice, then you really are pinched, aren't you?


Well, there’s good news for the resourceful student. Specifically, there are jobs on and off-campus that can be considered by you. For as little as five hours per week you can make enough money to improve your diet, pay for the books you need or to have a little extra money in your purse. The following are some ideas for part-time work.

1. Stop by the university bookstore. Most university bookstores are managed by vendors and are staffed by students. Hiring may occur at any time, so visit the store, ask for an application, fill it out and return it. Follow up in a day or two if you’re not called in for an interview.

2. Give campus housing a try. Dorms and other campus housing locations are also staffed by students. Typically, they are upperclassmen who interact with other students and ensure that the building is kept clean. Your university’s housing department should be contacted for openings.

3. Visit your library. Your university has one or more libraries with faculty relying on students to help them stock books, retrieve periodicals, and assist other students. Props to you if you have AV or other technical experience. If you work the late shift you may be able to do homework on your work time too.

4. Pay the sports arena a call. If your university is big on sports, a natural place to visit is the basketball coliseum. Between the men’s and women’s teams there should be at least 30 home games a season. Someone has to take tickets, serve food, keep bathrooms clean and maintain order. The advantage here is that you’ll get some glimpses of the action and get paid for it.

5. Head over to student services. Your school may have a different name for student services, but there is some department where the tutoring takes place. Typically, that tutoring involves student athletes, who may have missed some classes and need assistance. You have a very good chance of getting hired if you are a stand out in any one of the following subjects: science, mathematics, language arts and engineering. Get to know the stars before they turn pro!

6. Join the campus police. Your university has campus safety officers on hand to ensure that peace is maintained. Some schools require students to be enrolled in a law enforcement program, while others accept students with good police records and the stamina to work rotating hours. The advantage here is that most positions are year-round.

7. Translate or interpret for international students. Those universities with a sizable international population also have some students struggling to communicate in English. If you are proficient in another language, such as Spanish, you could be used to help these students adjust to life on campus. Some translators sit in class with students while others may help them with their homework or with their university paperwork.. Do not let your talent for linguistics go to waste!

Off Campus

Your off campus work opportunities will vary from place to place. If your university is located in the middle of nowhere, then your choices are slim or none. For everyone else, there are an assortment of service-oriented businesses to try. Clearly, an on-campus position may be best, especially when it comes to juggling your schedule right around exam time.

See Also — 7 Hot Online Jobs For College Students


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