Life in college is the best, especially when there are so many frat parties, games, performances and events to frequent while slogging in studies. But the most memorable of them all having a college degree that costs you something from $50000 to $90000. A 2018 report by HSBC, outlines how US is among one of the most expensive providers of college education, stating that a student spends “an average of US$99,417 over the course of their degree…”.
After graduation, all you have is a degree on your resume when an employer looks for any other activity that you might have participated in, like some vocational work. To make your resume more attractive and also to earn a few bucks while in college, we have outlined 8 ways in which you can make money while in college.
1. Jobs on Campus
There are many jobs that you can apply to within the university. There are always spots which you can fill while a faculty or university staff is absent. Or there might be a temporary post that you can have a look out for. Consider the following:
- Lecturer’s assistant
- Research Assistant
- Work at the library.
2. Are You a Performer?
If you have a hidden talent then you might as well make some money out of it! Grab the opportunity to showcase your talents. Find a diner which requires an occasional singer or musician. Or you take your talent to the streets, where you could mime, sing, or do street theater. There might not be much at first, but it will surely hone your performing skills. The same can be said if you are a voice-over artist. Los Angeles is home to Hollywood and there would be so many projects where you can lend your voice. Find auditions or coordinators who can help you with voice-over projects. You can also try making a profile on Fiverr or Upwork.
3. Difficulties in Getting into the Healthcare Industry?
Would you like to help in the healthcare industry but don’t know how to get in? Even jobs in the junior staff category or the clerical section are reserved for medical students or interns hence it becomes like a closed group. But you can always try through an alumni community. This is a less trodden path, since most people usually don’t consider seeking jobs through this avenue. But with Alumni Alliances, you can apply for not only a job in the healthcare sector but any industry. Alumni Alliances has members from one Alma mater and you can reach out to healthcare professionals within the community for jobs that might not be easily available in the market.
4. Proofread and Edit
If you are a Journalism or English major, then this is the way to earn some extra bucks. Find content providers who require proofreaders and editors. This can be on a freelance basis and usually gives the opportunity to work offline. So, you can provide proofreading and editing services from the comforts of your dorm room also. There might also be some juniors who require their assignments to be rechecked before submission. You can help in rechecking their work and also advise in regards to format, referencing, etc.
5. Content writer, Blogger or Social Media Consultant
If writing is your thing, then consider making it a means of making money before you graduate. It will also add to your resume. If you are an avid traveler, then you can document your travels through a blog or write for a travel magazine. Or write a column for the local newspaper. Being a social media consultant is another lucrative avenue to make money in college. Nowadays, many small enterprises require social media representatives but are reluctant to pay a huge amount in fees. This is where you come in. You can contact these potential employers and quote a smaller fee for handling their social media marketing. Also, check the nearby cafes and take away places around your campus. They might not really need a social media representative but you can always convince them by starting a campaign that drives more patrons to their shop or cafe. They would be sold on the idea for sure!
6. Rent Out Your Space
If you are not on campus and have a bit of a space to share, you could always put it up for share. Not only getting a roommate saving you in rent but sharing your space on Air BNB can earn some extra cash.
Okay this one is a no-brainer. Being a student and working at the local diner or the nearest fast food joint is tried and tested and great on so many levels. Payment is good and so can be the tips if you work diligently in serving the customers with a smile!
8. Temp jobs
There are companies that recruit interns or temps when their employees take long, indefinite or maternity leaves. It is cost-effective to get an intern rather than hire a new employee on a temporary basis. This is where you come in. Reach out to such companies and share your resume. You could work on a temporary basis and learn the ropes of working in an organizational structure.
These are our list of 8 interesting jobs that you can try while being in college. Do you wish to add to the list? Please share your thoughts through the comments section. Also, do give a thumbs up to this article through the various social media platforms.
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