On Campus Job—Bookstore or Library
An on campus position is the most ideal part-time job for a student. It’s convenient in proximity, and the stores tend to be more lenient when it comes to scheduling and letting you do homework or study on the job (always a plus around finals).
On-campus jobs tend to have little perks, too. It’s different for each book store, but at the University of Washington Bookstore, for example, there is a program that subsidizes your bus pass (which in a city like Seattle definitely comes in handy), and the pay is awesome (nine to nine fifty an hour). At the University of Arizona Book Store, they have a “loan a textbook” program, which essentially gives the working student free books for their semester. On top of all the extra benefits, you get valuable “real world” experience.
Bartending and serving aren’t necessarily the easiest of jobs, not to mention the fact that they aren’t always “part-time,” exactly. But Infobarrel has a good rundown of three reasons to work as a bartender and/or server: friends/social interaction, convenience, and last, but definitely not least, money.
While serving, especially at a bar, chances are you won’t completely miss out on the fun because your friends will socialize where you work. Restaurants and bars, depending on the type, are typically generous to second hand priorities.
Most people who work in the food industry have other obligations—so the schedule is pretty relaxed. If you work at a bar your shifts will typically be at night—so you’ll never have to miss a class! People are usually pretty generous when it comes to switching shifts as well; everyone is just trying to make some money!
Lastly, servers and bartenders might not make the best hourly wages—but what they lack in salary they make up for in tips. A server/bartender can walk away from a nights work from anywhere in between $80-500 depending on how sophisticated their place of work is. If you work three times a week that’s at least $240 in extra spending money!
One thing Infobarrel didn’t mention was the experience required to serve or bartend. Any profession one goes into afterwards can be benefitted from a solid training in people skills, patience, multi-tasking and hard work–all of the things tested as a server.
Residence advisor (RA)
Free room and board? Having your own room? And living in the perfect location? What’s better than that? Nothing! That’s why being a resident advisor (RA) is so great while in college. You save money, and there’s nothing better than free food. The benefits are outrageous—not to mention the amazing experience and leadership skills you’ll gain. It’s a well-rounded job for any college student.
We can’t condone any illegal action—you should always consult with your employers—but most of the time nannying or babysitting, especially if done sparingly, can slide by tax-free. Don’t know anyone with kids? With plenty of websites to help the nanny/babysitter find work, finding a position is never hard. Companies like nannies4hire, sitter city, care4hire, also give background checks so you know that you are being put in good hands! While the good money is probably the biggest perk, some would say getting the chance to be a kid again is up there too!
For those overachievers who already know what they want to do, (just kidding!) an internship is the perfect opportunity. It not only gives you the experience you need for your professional life, but it’s a great resume builder. If it’s not paid, or giving you a stipend, then it’s accepted as college credit. Either way you are killing two birds with one stone. It’s a great way to interact with people in your field of interest, and gain the knowledge you need to be successful once you reach your big graduation day!