How to Make Money as a College Student
- Category: Student Success
Many students who attend college need to find some type of employment in order to make ends meet. Fortunately, there are now a number of different employment opportunities that would be a good fit for the average college student. Here’s a look at a few of them.
On-campus jobs offer a number of advantages. Students like them because they’re usually convenient to get to and their bosses will work around their class schedules.
However, there is another big advantage to these types of jobs: professional experience. Oftentimes, it’s possible to find a job on campus that will provide a student with professional training and contacts. For example, the would-be art historian may get a job in one of the school’s art galleries, thus giving them valuable experience in the field. Additionally, an on-campus job can be convenient for those students who don’t have a car but still want to have a way to make money.
The advancements in technology have made it possible for university students to get a paying gig, off-site, and with flexible hours, even if their school schedules consist of nothing but really crazy hours. It’s easy to see why these jobs are attractive. It’s easier to get hired and the contractor sets his or her own hours. It’s also easy to take a day off when school starts to get too busy. However, these jobs aren’t perfect. Being a contractor comes with some downsides over traditional employee status. Usually, there are no benefits. The contractor also has to use his or her own vehicle, smartphone or computer in order to do the job. This means if any of these items break, then it’s up to the contractor to replace them, not the employing company.
Plenty of college students work in restaurants, coffee shops or retail stores during their college years. Mostly, they do this because the hours that these establishments are open fit with a school schedule. However, some of these students also get some additional perks from working behind the counter. Many big chain restaurants and coffee shops actually offer benefits, including 401(k). Some offer tuition assistance for employees who are working while going to school.
The college years for many students are a busy time. There’s always too much to do and too little time to do it, making working during this time a juggling act. Some jobs are more college-student friendly. These jobs fit students’ lives because they’re flexible around students’ schedules. Many also offer benefits, making them an ideal choice all around.