Whether or not to work during college is a tough decision for a university student to make. On one hand, it would be great to have some extra spending cash. On the other hand, a part-time job might eat into your study time, take away your relaxation on weekends and erase your social life. Fear not! An on campus job doesn’t have to turn into a career — and there are some great ones out there that offer stellar hours and fair pay. Need a student internship? That counts as working, too. So, read on to see how holding a job can help you during and after your university years — and don’t forget to take a peek at some of the best jobs and internships out there!
Five reasons to get a college campus job
Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of a job, concentrate on the positive. An article in the “College” section of USA TODAY explains “Five Reasons Why: You should get a job on campus.” Here are the top reasons:
- Experience: The best scenario would be a job directly related to your major (if you have already declared one), but any job will help fill out a resume, and working while taking classes shows initiative and that you can balance your responsibilities.
- Involvement: This is a great way to get more in tune with your school — it also allows you to network with other students and professors.
- Schedule: On-campus jobs usually take your schedule into account and are willing to work around it — many often follow the school calendar so you may get breaks off. (You can go home for the summer and come back to a job the following fall!)
- Independence: This is a great way to show Mom and Dad that you can handle yourself while away at school.
- Cold hard cash: Let’s face it, the reason you are working in the first place is to give yourself some necessary comforts. You may not need the newest scheduling app, but it would be great to download it and not have to worry about where the money for tomorrow’s dinner is coming from.
Jobs can be a great asset to a college student. Just be sure to be up front about your schedule and availability. Don’t get burned out or let your grades suffer because of a part-time gig. If it gets to be too much, talk to your supervisor to see if there is something you can work out — or ask for a term off.
Best jobs on campus
Forget flipping burgers if that’s not your thing. These are the jobs you want to go after — but you better do it fast before others students snatch them up:
- Campus bookstore staff
- Library staff
- Tour guide
- Resident hall advisor/assistant (aka: an RA)
- Computer lab assistant
- Administrative assistant
- Fitness coach/Personal trainer/Aerobics instructor
Maybe you are looking for an internship instead of a part-time campus job. Well, there are plenty of those available too. College, Career, Life offers a list of “The Top Internships for 2012.” A few companies that made the cut include:
- AT & T
- Hewlett Packard
- Proctor & Gamble
Check out the article to view a complete list and to link to the different company websites where you can find descriptions of available positions. You can even apply right now, online. So, what are you waiting for?
A campus job just might not be in your cards. In that case, consider an off campus job that will work with your schedule. Become a barista at the local coffee house, wait tables at the mom and pop café down the street, apply for a position at the hotel on campus, or offer babysitting services around your community.
If you just aren’t sure where to start, CollegeHelpers.com may be a good place. This website helps pair college students with jobs. The best part? This service is free. So get out there and get a job — your resume, and your wallet (and possibly your parents if they currently send you a check every month) will thank you for it!