4 Part-Time Jobs to Easily Juggle This Semester

By Alicia Geigel on December 20, 2017

While in college, some students solely dedicate their time to their studies, while other students commit to both studying and working at the same time. Being in college as a student is not easy, as there are a number of responsibilities to be on top of such as: attending classes, homework, tests, group projects, essays, etc. Having a part-time or full-time job on top of college responsibilities can make life even more difficult, due to the balancing of work, school, personal health and a social life.

I think I can speak for most students in that the harsh reality is we feel and often are forced to choose between those. While some students do not have to worry about financial responsibilities while in college, for many students, on the other hand, having a job and earning money is very important. The the money earned can go toward a number of necessities such as tuition, room and board, groceries/food, clothes, books, etc., all of which makes having a job really important. Deciding on where to work may be just as difficult as picking your classes for next semester, but I promise you there are plenty realistic part-time jobs out there that are perfect for you. Are you a college student looking for a part-time job but are unsure of how to begin your search and what jobs are out there? Check out my top four part-time jobs below that will guarantee you a balanced semester and a good cash flow!

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Before you narrow down jobs based on your preference, consider compatibility with your life. When looking for a job as a student, there are a few important factors to consider. The first factor is pretty obvious, that being your schedule. As you look for a job, make sure you closely check your academic schedule to determine availability, preferred shifts, etc. Secondly, think about the location of where you want to work. If you live on campus, there are usually plenty of jobs either on campus or in close proximity to campus. If you have a car and are willing to travel, then you aren’t as limited as to where to work since commuting is easier with a car.

Now that you’ve considered some important factors regarding jobs, you can now start your search! Here are my top four best part-time jobs for college students:

  1. Nannying/Babysitting: Perhaps one of the greatest jobs for a college student, as a job nannying has many benefits and very little disadvantages. For one, nannying is a very flexible job, which means that you can work around your class schedule. Second, depending on the level of attention the children you are watching need, you can study or work on homework while you are nannying, being able to make the most of your time! Lastly, the pay per hour for nannying/babysitting is great, with nannies earning a median hourly salary of $12.80, according to PayScale.com.
  2. Social Media Assistant/Manager: We as college students were raised with technology and grew up using many forms of social media. Taking this into consideration, you can say we are pretty well-versed in the areas of technology and social media. If you are constantly on social media and know the ins and outs of sites like Facebook or Twitter, you could work part-time as a social media assistant! According to Natalie Walters of Business Insider, this job requires employees to “work part-time managing social media channels and assisting companies with content marketing”, paying up to $21 an hour.

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  3. Tutor: In the college world, there are those that are tutors and those that are tutored. I know that I am someone who needs to be tutored when it comes to math but could definitely tutor someone in English or writing. If you are confident in your ability to help a student with a specific subject and want to get paid for it, tutoring could be a job for you! For one, you don’t have to worry about going off campus since you would be working with the university. Another great element of tutoring is you get to decide your schedule and the subjects you want to teach. According to PayScale, tutors earn a median hourly rate of $10.70 — not too shabby for working on campus and earning brownie points with professors!
  4. Barista: One job that you will consistently find on college campuses is a barista. Coffee shops and cafes are all around campus, which means that if you want this kind of job, you can find one, guaranteed. As a barista, you can enjoy employee discounts to fuel your coffee addiction, plus you will usually only work during the day since most shops close at night, according to Allison Doyle of The Balance.

Whether you need money for pricey textbooks or are looking to put some extra money in your pocket, part-time jobs are a great way for college students to gain work experience and make money while not overloading your schedule. As always, good luck!

By Alicia Geigel

Uloop Writer
Temple alum | columnist at Uloop News | photographer | food blogger if you want to learn more about me, visit my profile and check out my articles!

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