Student Jobs: How to Earn Without Sacrificing your Degree

College life primarily consumes two things: time and money. You need money to pay for your courses and time to attend class and study. Most students find the easiest way to balance these priorities is with student loans. Unfortunately, this can lead to years of paying off debt and can limit your employment choices after graduation. Getting a part-time job is a great way to pay the bills while you pursue your degree, so long as you chose a gig that doesn’t impact your schoolwork. Here are a few job ideas that are great for balancing a full school schedule.

Waiting Tables

Working in a restaurant will give you customer service skills and will also easily fit around your college timetable. Because the busiest time for restaurants is the dinner rush, most shifts occur between six and ten o’clock in the evening. This gives you plenty of time to go to you classes in the daytime, study, and then head to work. As an added bonus, many restaurants give their staff free or heavily discounted food. A welcome bonus for a hungry student! Just beware of working for late-night bars and clubs. At first it may seem the hours are compatible but your focus during early morning classes will suffer.

Tutoring and Teaching

College students are often employed as high-school tutors or English Language instructors. This can be a handy option for co-eds looking to make some extra cash and brush up on their own academic abilities at the same time. You will be a shoe-in for teaching positions that focus on your own area of study. You can find tutoring positions by advertising your own services or by joining an established organization. Striking out on your own will net a higher hourly rate but working for a school means less time spent looking for clientele.

Research Assistant

Many college professors require research assistants to help them develop their academic interests. While these do not tend to be high paying jobs, your boss (a college professor) will understand if you can’t make a shift because of school priorities. It is also a great way to spend time with professors and learn more about their field, if that’s what interests you. Because a research assistant is an academic position, it will look great on your resume when you graduate.

Which ever job you chose to help fund your studies, make sure your employer knows that you are a college student and try to keep your studies as a priority. Remember that a temporary job is only that: a means to help you complete your degree. If a boss becomes too demanding or the hours make it difficult to attend class, it may be time to move on.

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