The ideal employees: There are plenty of jobs available for college students on and around college campuses because we are the ideal employees that employers are looking for. Think about it—we have class only a few times per week, we are paying big bucks for things like tuition, housing and food so we need an income, and—hey—we’re smarter than we look. Even if you wind up serving pizza to your fellow students, at least you’re doing it while earning a degree.
Why work during school? First is the obvious reason, college students need the money. Second, depending on where you are working and what you are doing, it’s possible to apply what you are learning in the classroom to what you do for work. Biology majors should check out local research labs, journalism students, the school newspaper and education majors should look into tutoring—all excellent resume boosters. Finally, work experience fills up your resume. The jobs you have now will show your future employers the hard work you’ve accomplished and the skills you’ve gained through whatever kinds of jobs you’ve had. Whether it was mowing lawns in the quad or doing research to find the cure for cancer, every job counts!
Where to find the work:
- Look on your university’s student employment page. There should be plenty of listings for employers seeking out college students to watch their children, fill a position for a desk job, or serve coffee in a nearby neighborhood. Even if it’s not your dream job, it will still help pay your tuition bill.
- Extend your job search to on-campus, off-campus and work study (if you qualify for it). This will give you a greater number of options in your school’s area.
- Take advantage of your school’s career center and meet with a counselor for help with your resume, cover letter and interview skills. These people are paid to help college students find jobs.
- Check your department’s website or bulletin boards for any job openings. Jobs recommended to students of specific majors can be a great way to get experience in your field of study.
- Go to your school’s job fair at the beginning of the academic year. Bring a resume, dress professionally, and remember to smile when introducing yourself.
Hopefully I’ve helped you gain some insight on why you should find a job in college and where to look for one. Best of luck on the job hunt, and happy fall term!
Brittany is full time student and part-time writer for SavvyStudent.com and Portlanders.com