As a college student the pressure is on. Not only are you expected to adjust to your new living arrangements (possibly in a new town that you’re not familiar with), but you’re also expected to pull good grades in tough classes and yes, even hold down a job.
Not just any job, but one that will make a difference on your resume once you graduate. Like it or not, if you don’t plan this part out wisely, someone else just may take a promising position right out from under you.
So, what are the best jobs for college students? Let’s take a look:
Best Jobs for College Students
Ideally, you should look for a job related to the career you’ll be pursuing after graduation. By doing so, you’ll not only gain relevant skills, but you’ll also be able to make valuable connections with others in the industry. This can be invaluable to you upon graduation.
Another reason to choose a job in the field you hope to enter is to actually find out if you are a good fit. Let’s say you are pursuing a degree in education and you take a job as a tutor that you end up hating. It’s better to find this out at the beginning when it’s easy to switch your course of study.
What if you just can’t find employment directly in the field you’ll be entering? Do you have to flip burgers or cashier at the local gas station? Hopefully not.
Here are some excellent jobs that will not only bring in a nice income, but they also have flexible schedules and will look good on a resume.
- Campus Tour Guide: Remember that nice, personable, informative person that gave you and your family a tour of the campus, answered endless questions, and helped you to make your final decision about the school? That person could be you. It looks great on a resume because it demonstrates maturity, plus the ability to express yourself in a very confident fashion. This job will also help you further develop your interpersonal skills. By the time you are ready for job interviews, they’ll be a piece of cake.
- Campus Tech Support: If you are pursuing a career that has anything to do with technology, this is a great way to gain real-world experience. By diagnosing and solving computer problems for your peers, faculty and staff, you’ll not only sharpen your computer skills, but your people skills as well.
- Writer: If your new career will have anything to do with writing or communications, you can get your feet wet online and really make all your mistakes while you’re still in school. By working with an ad agency, you can get some side jobs as a copywriter or you can guest blog for pay. By looking on Craigslist you’ll be able to find projects both nationally and internationally. Keep a copy of your best work and you’ll be able to use this on your resume.
- Online Tutor: If you are thinking of going into the field of education, why not start now as an online tutor? Either advertise on social networking sites or check out some of the websites that allow you to tutor for pay.
These are just a few ideas that can be extremely lucrative while also allowing flexible hours.
Do you have a great idea for a college job that’ll look good on a resume?
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