Thursday, April 18, 2013

Work Study: The 5 Best Jobs for College Kids

If you are headed to college, it’s important to also take a look at what type of jobs you can get. Having a good job around classes can keep the cash flowing. Even if you have scholarships, grants, and loans, having extra money can be the difference between ramen noodles and a decent meal every once in a while. So, what are some of the best jobs for someone headed to get a great degree?

School Tour Guide
Tour group at James Mosher Elementary School, Greater Rosemont Walking Tour Image via Flickr by Baltimore Heritage

Working for the school can be a great benefit. If you are going to school on campus, getting a job as a tour guide is great for your résumé. It shows that you are mature enough to lead a group of potential new students and parents around campus. It is flexible, as the school will obviously work around your class schedule. You also won’t have to work on holidays or other times there is not school.

Librarian for the School or City

As a librarian, you can get some studying done while working. At least, during slow periods. There are a variety of librarian positions you can find. Some of these may be on campus, while others may be for the local city library. Working for the library offers a quiet, relaxed environment, and a great resume booster, especially if you are going into any type of educational field.

Become a Barista

Working at a coffee shop is one of the classic college jobs. There are many reasons for this. One of the big ones is that most coffee shops are extremely flexible in their scheduling. They will work with you to ensure that you get enough hours, but aren’t scheduled during class. In addition, some coffee shops, such as Starbucks, offer great benefits even to part-time employees.

Tutor Other Students

Whether you are going to school online through or you have decided campus life is for you, tutoring is perfect for college students who need a flexible schedule. In most cases, you can set your own schedule when you are a tutor. This allows you to take the time off you need, whether for a vacation or an exam. It also allows you to help others in areas where you excel.

Tech Support for the Technically Handy
Open for business Image via Flickr by quinn.anya

Are you great with computers? There are a variety of tech support positions that are extremely flexible. Campuses need student tech support to help with computers all over campus. Another option is to do tech support on your own, charging customers by the problem. If this isn’t something you are comfortable with, many tech support companies, including call centers are always looking for people to help out. They are generally flexible and will work with you on your school schedule.

No matter where your specialties lie, there are a variety of jobs that are out there. More and more jobs today are open to flexibility for students. Getting a degree and working at the same time isn’t always easy, but when you work with a great company, it becomes a lot simpler.  



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