25 Flexible Jobs for College Students

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest

Flexible Jobs Students

Finding your first job while in college can be tough! These 25 flexible jobs are tailor-made for college students. We broke them down by majors to help you get a faster head start.

Education

Tutoring

You’ll get to be close to students who need your direct help and get valuable experience planning lessons, correcting work, and giving feedback — all while getting paid.

After-school worker

Elementary and middle schools are always on the lookout for future teachers who want to get involved in supervising activities or teaching kids new skills.

Daycare attendant

Daycare assistants or attendants help the head teacher make lessons, direct children, and keep the classroom running smoothly.

Campus tour guide

If you want to work with older students and love your college, a campus tour guide is a great way to build your confidence and gain experience speaking to high schoolers.

Arts

Box office worker

Box office workers take tickets, show audiences to their seats, and assist in cleanup. You’ll love the late-night and weekend hours and getting to see a show or two for free.

Performer

Restaurants and cafes hire aspiring musicians or actors for well-paying gigs. You can also get a job performing for children’s parties on weekends.

Docent

If you’re an art major, you may already be offered the docent job at your school’s museum. Docents supervise museum spaces while also giving tours or answering patrons questions.

Photographer

Have the equipment and talent? Build up a client base with photos of babies, high school seniors, and even weddings. You can make your own hours will building a portfolio for the future.

Science

Bike shop repairman

Learning how to repair bikes is perfect for engineer majors who love to tinker and play with parts. Plus, with campuses full of bike riders, you’ll never be without customers.

Park ranger

Environmental students will absolutely love getting their hands dirty with a job with local, state, and national parks where you can keep lands clean, safe, and friendly for everyone.

Barista

The science behind coffee drinks will keep you on your toes, and the hours are perfect for early bird college students.

Research assistant

Students with research-based facilities can enjoy jobs preparing for classes, going over data, or even just cleaning up for a great work-study job.

Health/Fitness

Lifeguard

Fun in the sun doesn’t stop when the summer is over. Local and college pools need physically fit swimmers to help man the pool or even teach swim lessons.  

Physical trainer

If you’re a fitness nut working towards your degree, you may want to share your experiences and passion with others. You can even get your license through online training that will help you gain clients.

Hospital dietary worker

Dietary workers help nutritionists build meal plans and deliver foods for patients. You’ll get to work within the hospital system and get face-to-face time with patients in need.  

Hospital check-in attendant

Hospitals are open 24/7 which means there is always a need for people willing to talk to patients, check them in, and get their insurance settled. This job is a bit high stress, but it has great pay.

Business

Front desk receptionist

Businesses love hiring those to manage their front desks, answer phones, and sort paperwork. But you will dig getting an insider’s look.

Retail clerk

Retail is a favorite job among college students because of the hours and the relaxed environment. You’ll love it as a go-to job with lots of flexibility.

Resident adviser

Resident adviser jobs are a little hard to come by, but if you want management experience, it’s the job for you. You’ll keep residence halls organized and running while helping deal with people’s issues and complaints.

Freelancer

Freelance personal assistant, secretaries, accountants, and marketers are all extremely popular side jobs that can pay great and be done on your time.

Entrepreneur

Who says you can’t start your own business in college? Come up with an idea, such as delivering food for local restaurants, and promote it among your peers.

English/Literature

Writer/Editor 

Your love of the word is so needed with businesses and individuals seeking help to getting their writing out there. Plus, it’s project based so you’ll just follow deadlines instead of schedules.

Social media manager 

Love writing on Twitter or Facebook? Helping a business build a following is a growing job among creative college students who are great working with people.

Library assistant

Your school’s library have awesome hours and tons of big and small jobs from sorting, checking out, and even preserving older books to fit what you’re looking for.

Journalist

Small town papers need journalists to cover local events, provide colorful articles, or even work coming up with story ideas. And with papers going online, there are even more opportunities to work off-schedule.

Parent’s Corner: Talking to Your Kid about Getting a Job

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest

Parents: College Kids Getting Jobs

When you get that first college tuition bill for your student, there is bound to be a bit of sticker shock attached. Every year, the cost of getting a degree rises at nearly every school. While scholarships and outside funding are available, finding that elusive full-ride is harder than ever. That is why many parents will sit down this fall and talk to their children about the importance of getting their first job or paid internship. Here are a few tips on how to discuss working in college with your student.

What You Need to Consider

Before you talk, it’s important to understand the other side of the picture. For example, are you sure your student’s schedule can actually accommodate a job? Many take a mixture of morning, afternoon, and night classes throughout the week (and even some weekends), making it hard to find a job that caters to that crazy, changing schedule.

Another aspect you should consider is what your expectation of their grades is. It can be hard to balance activities and work normally, let alone when your first priority is going to school full-time! If your child is struggling, this may not be the time to encourage it.

Finally, it’s important to understand their personal academic and career goals. Do you know what your child wants to do with their degree after graduation? This can give you an idea of jobs that may be worth their time and efforts or if they may be more suited for an internship. For example, a future teacher might benefit from tutoring, rather than doing fast food work.

Make It Worth Their Efforts

Most students get that jobs = money, but they may not be aware of the other benefits. For example, if you see an opening for a job as an animal tech, your veterinarian major may not understand how great it would look on their resume or may not see it as a way to network. Casually discussing this can be a great way to bring up the job conversation naturally.

If the goal is to get an internship, don’t forget to discuss the benefits of a paid versus an unpaid and which one is right for them. Encourage them to speak with professors or to an advisor if they’re unsure, and introduce them to a former college student if you can. Hearing it from outside sources can inspire them to act.

Lend a Hand

It can be intimidating to search for a job, especially with resumes and interviews. If your student did not work in high school, taking these unknown steps can be scary and a test of confidence. You can help out by offering to assist by proof reading their resume (or pointing them towards someone more capable), helping search job sites, or brainstorming work around town they can take on.

At the same time, be very careful not to overstep or take over. If you do too much, they may be tempted to let you do all the work without taking ownership. Or, on the other hand, they may lose interest and forget about it all together. It’s a fine line to walk, so be sure to check in often.

Be Honest At All Times

This isn’t the time to hold back. If money is a major concern, especially from your perspective, this is the time to open up. Tell them of your concerns and the reality of the situation. At this point in their lives, they should be able to understand and hear you out.

At the same time, let them talk honestly with you. Listen to their concerns, and help them think through their worries. Balancing jobs and student life may not be easy, but with your help and encouragement, you can make the difference in their decision.