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What type of job should a first time college student get?

I am 19 years old and attending an online college. I need help figuring out what type of job would best suit me while attending online school. #collegelife

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Jennifer’s Answer

Since you have the flexibility of online classes, you can work in a lot of part time jobs, during hours where high schoolers can't. Exposing yourself in something like retail or the food industry helps build skills that can be transferred into any other job. College students are known to take on all sorts of jobs, so just apply to as many as possible that you think you can do and see what happens from there. Any job can be a resume booster.

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Gaurav’s Answer

Hi Haley,

First of all many congratulations on getting into one of most important phases of your life.

I would say, it purely depends on demand and supply system. If you are studying something which is in high demand in market, you have high chances to get a job. The level of job what you might get again depends on the demand. If you have studied something in-depth and you can position yourself as a professional with the subject, you can get a higher level job instead of standard practice of joining as interns or freshers.

I would also recommend you to find your area of interest and pursue a job in that, chances of success will tremendously increase along with enhancing your skills in your own area of interest.

There are many part time jobs available which you can take on in parallel with your studies.

Wish you good luck.

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Jake’s Answer

I would say try to get the most bang for your buck. Lots of companies (Cumberland Farms, Home Depot, Starbucks, Amazon, UPS, etc) offer tuition benefits on a per-semester basis on top of your pay, anywhere from $1000 a year to roughly $5000 a semester depending on the company. You might as well give yourself a head start on paying down school debt while you make ends meet!

Since you're in online courses, the classes are flexible in their timing, which means you can have a fairly fixed schedule on the job front without necessarily interfering with school. I would consider what times of day you tend to do your best work, for a start, and prioritize jobs which leave these times open for you to handle school work. Maybe you work best during the afternoon on weekdays? Then an early day job is for you!

Let me know if you have any further questions, and good luck!