Finding a part-time job as a full-time student seems virtually impossible once a semester gets underway at full speed. But with all the expenses students are faced with — bills, books, rent, fuel, the occasional girls night out — finding an extra source of income is a priority for many. The following are some tips for locating work that fits around your hectic schedule:
• Start on-campus: If you’re under a certain level of income, you may qualify as a work study student. It’s a form of financial aid to help with college expenses, and if you’re eligible, your employer will assign you hours based on your work-study award allocations. If you don’t qualify for work-study, look for other campus employment opportunities through fliers, list-serves and your college’s career services — or just ask around. The best part of being a college worker is that your employer will understand what kinds of responsibilities you need to juggle along with your job, and is probably going to be a bit more flexible.
• Share your skills: Make a profit off of what you do best. If you’re strong in a particular academic area, offer tutoring services. If you’re a great musician, advertise lessons. If you love working in the lab, see if a professor is looking for an assistant. You may be able to find these kinds of opportunities through campus, you can train as an official tutor or assistant. If this isn’t a possibility, advertise independently through Facebook, fliers around campus, and your campus newspaper.
• Search online: There are ample opportunities for flexible, from-your-dorm work through online companies. Among others, these include freelance writing and website development, telemarketing, data entry, tutoring, and sales. You have to be careful with these — Internet scams run rampant — but you may be able to find a flexible, part-time job.
• Look around town: Unlike campus employment, part-time work in your college city or town may not be as understanding about your life as a full-time student. These jobs may, however, offer better pay, longer hours, and chances for growth and promotion. Make it clear that you’re a college student with limited availability from the start, and provide your academic schedule well in advance. If it’s a retail or food services job, you may be eligible for employee discounts, as well.
• Talk to your professors: Strange as it sounds, faculty members have lives outside of the classroom (and no, they don’t live under their desks). Professors often are in need of babysitters, petsitters and housesitters, not to mention lab and teaching assistants. Tell your professors that you’re looking for part-time work, and news will spread among faculty that there’s a trustworthy student available to help during their next vacation or family outing. And here’s a tip that they probably won’t tell you: professors tend to have pretty hefty incomes, and they’re often so desperate for reliable help that they’re quite generous in terms of payment