Most college students don’t come from wealthy families that can drop money at a moment’s notice. Many students take out multiple student loans in order to defray everyday costs in college or they depend on work study programs or numerous jobs to help pay for college. Between work and classes, they have little time for a social life. Colleges offer different kinds of employment options for the hungry student. However, some campus jobs are better than others for students.
One of the best on-campus jobs is tutoring. From personal experience, I worked as a tutor throughout my college career, from my second semester as an undergraduate to my first semester in graduate school. Tutoring is especially useful for students planning a career in education. You learn how to interact with students with different learning styles and how to adjust your teaching technique. Working with students with disabilities, you understand the challenges they face in college. Many college tutoring programs are accredited by national organizations and offer tutor training that helps you get professional certification. You can even place fliers around campus and get your own clients.
Another good on-campus job is becoming a note taker. Disability services often need note takers for students with learning disabilities, physical disabilities that limit the use of their hands and hearing impairments. Usually, they assign you to fellow classmates, so you don’t have to attend additional classes. Some professors request note takers at the beginning of the semester when they find out they have students with needs. You can visit disability services and apply for a position.
Student media jobs are good on-campus jobs because, like tutoring, you gain skills that help you once you enter the “real world.” Even if you don’t become a journalist, you hone your writing, researching and communication skills. You learn about the college campus and departments. Connections you make while interviewing campus personnel can serve a useful references and articles can work as writing samples for job applications or applications to graduate school. Besides, it’s fun uncovering on-campus issues or attending events you would never go to under normal circumstance.
The campus bookstore is another good on-campus job because many colleges offer discounts on books if you work at the store. The hours you work adjust to your class schedule. Many college bookstores close by seven or eight at night, so you won’t spend all night working. Interacting with customers helps you learn how to deal with difficult people, especially during the first week of school or the final week when everyone is trying to sell their books.
Working on campus is a lot easier than working at a business away from campus. You don’t have to worry about driving to a secondary location or taking a job that may schedule you at times that interfere with your study schedule. These on-campus jobs hone skills you need when you graduate from college and form relationships that help you when applying for graduate school or a job.