Working Part-Time While in College

Many students struggle to stay afloat financially while enrolled in college. Part-time work is helpful for students who need to make money while earning their degree, but it’s important to find balance between work and school. If you are planning on working as a part-time employee while you’re in college, find an employer that is flexible. Having a job that can accommodate your academic schedule will ensure that your work life does not affect your studies. Many college students find it helpful to find a job on campus, because employers that work for the school are generally more accommodating to students with busy schedules. Jobs found through the college typically limit a student’s working hours to 20 a week so the employed students can balance school and work.

As a part-time employee, you should make the commitment to work as often as you can while school is not in session. Working more hours during vacations or weekends will show your employer that you are taking your job seriously. Also, while you work and go to school, you still must devote time for studying. Remember, the reason you are working while in school is to boost your savings. Start your part-time job at around ten hours a week, and gauge how you can handle the workload. After a couple of weeks, determine if you can reasonably accept more work.

Here are some part-time jobs that are popular for college students:

  • Bank teller
  • Camp counselor
  • Elder care
  • Nanny
  • Landscaper
  • Customer service representative
  • Retail worker
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Sales representative

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If you are a college student having trouble seeing the light at the end of the tunnel - remember that working part-time will allow you to have a steady source of income while learning valuable skills.

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