Working Part Time in College: Four Common University Jobs
You can only cut your budget so far before you will kill yourself. So if you are a college student living on a budget, you will want to look at areas where you can earn more money. Fortunately, there are many common university jobs for students working part time in college
The notes that you meticulously scribe from your professor’s daily lectures could be worth more than a good grade; they might be worth money too. Many colleges solicit notes from note-takers for students with learning disabilities or lengthy illnesses. Often universities will compensate you for your time. Payments can be calculated through a per diem rate or an hourly wage for your time in your class.
If you are already going to class and taking notes, it is an easy way to make money. However, the need for note-takers depends on the class and whether or not there is a student who needs assistance.
Do you academically excel at the classes you major in? You can earn money tutoring your peers.
Colleges provide peer support for students in introductory classes. Tutors are commonly selected from the student body, but you must have a strong academic standing to be selected. Payment is in the form of hourly wages.
Tutoring requires good communication skills and patience. Most tutees are struggling in their classes, so you have to be able to modify your explanations so that the students you are tutoring can grasp concepts. If you have a passion for teaching, tutoring is a great way to gain experience.
Federal Work Study
The federal government subsidizes jobs for college students called the Federal Work Study. Those in a work study usually work various jobs across campus. Wages must be minimum wage or higher.
However, there are a number of requirements that you must meet to be eligible. You must have financial need. Also, you cannot work more than the value of your federal award. In other words, the amount of hours that can be worked and money earned is capped.
One of the best jobs you can find in college is a paid internship or co-operative.
Since these jobs are related to your major, universities will award you credits for working. Also, the real world experience is a significant resume enhancement. If your major is in a technical field, it may be possible to earn wages much higher than minimum wage.
Caveats to Working Part Time at College
Regardless of the hole in your budget, it is essential that you stay focused on your educational goals. Working will naturally divide your efforts and time between making money and academic achievement. It is easy to let the prospect of making money overshadow the real reason you are attending college.
Whatever you are earning while working part time at college, it is not likely to exceed the amount of money you are spending in tuition for your degree. You are spending all this money so that you will earn an even greater salary once you graduate. Do not let the prospects of earning a little money now distract you from earning much more in your career later.
Before taking on any part-time job in college, be certain that working will not impact your academics. If it does, cut back on the hours you are working.
Shaun is the author of the blog Smart Family Finance, a site dedicated to exploring the challenges of family finance; from starting a marriage to starting a family, from teaching your children about finance to helping them pick a college, from single income to multiple income. The intricate world of family finance unlocked, one post at a time.