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How can I support myself financially for my further studies?

I’m rejoining college soon but there’s no one who can give me financial help for my studies. It’s really difficult to get part time job these days. Therefore I need some genuine suggestions. #GivingisCaring

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Jemima A.’s Answer

It is true that getting part-time jobs are quite diffcult this period. So, In addition to what Yasemin has answered, learn a quick skill that students can easily pay for your service.
It could be;
- Laundry.
- Make-up artiste.
- Baking.
- Painting.
- Room cleaning services etc.

You can also research online for paid online jobs on the internet while you still search for part-time jobs.

All the best.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Anjali! When I was in college I worked three jobs; two of them were actually on my university campus. I think finding a job on campus is easier for students, you don't have to commute and other coworkers are students as well so it makes it easier to get along and even do homework on your free time. I would advise maybe looking into your campus positions through a career advising center. There should be a career center that helps students find jobs in universities; it may be different based on your location in Nepal. However the easiest method would be to use your university resources. I was a tutor and a front desk assistant; so check and see if there are tutoring positions available (maybe you are strong in a subject and can help others) or office positions available in the student centers or financial aid office. There are also cafes and markets on some campuses that employ students- many universities are open to having students work on their campus! I would also recommend to check out scholarships through your college, and stop by the financial aid office, they have resources to help students manage debt as well las find ways to pay for college. Drop in and see if you can find someone who seems helpful to sit down and talk with you; I had a nice adviser when I dropped in once who helped explain loans to me!

I really hope this helps and best of luck with college!

Yasemin recommends the following next steps:

Research university campus employment positions
Stop by the career center
Check out financial aid resources/scholarships by talking with a financial aid adviser in your college
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Nick’s Answer

Have you considered earning an Associates degree? Perhaps wrapping up a marketable degree at the halfway point to a Bachelors could qualify you for a good job where you can earn enough to pay for a further education. Make the the Associate degree is in a worthwhile field like mentioned in another answer where a drafting job can finance further technical education. Don't be distracted tor discouraged by the myth that everyone finishes college in 4 years. Many successful people, including myself, have taken many years of night school and other strategies to get an education. A future boss may have had the same experience and will respect your effort.
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Leah’s Answer

Hi Anjali! I am a current university student and I share in your struggle where I have to pay for my education myself. The best way that I have been able to afford my schooling is by applying to scholarships as much as I can. I have signed up for many different scholarship websites, but the best grants I have received were through local corporations offering financial help to students in need. Also, taking some courses online or at local colleges are cheap ways to complete general requirements so that you can take classes that interest you more at university.

Another helpful tool is to find new ways to generate income for yourself. As some of the answers above share, finding unique services to participate in while also helping you establish skills for your desired career could be great ways to generate money while evolving your resume. Some jobs can even be through the university, so I would reach out to campus organizations to see where you can find a job.

Wishing you the best of luck!
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Eric’s Answer

Anjali, it is great that you are considering the financial aspect of attending college. Too many college students are graduating college with a heavy debt burden. There are many opportunities in this digital world for uniquely qualified individuals to provide services that are needed worldwide. Many of these might be in a related field that you are interested in but might require that you adjust your current college plans to allow for you to be properly trained in those services. This could be done in accelerated courses that might require a few months or up to a year before you are properly trained and ready to work part time in that field while you complete the remainder of your college studies. and, often the pay is great. For example, in my field of structural engineering I often recommend that students in your situation learn to draft first so that they can work as a drafter while completing their engineering studies. In addition to allowing you to graduate college with little to no debt, the other skill will often be something you can fall back on should there be few positions available in the area of your college studies. More than likely, though, the additional skill will make you better qualified for the job for which you apply.

All the best,

Eric
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Delicia’s Answer

Its great that you want to continue your studies!! We are faced with challenging times right now with the pandemic and it may seem like things are difficult right now with getting financial assistance with your studies. When there is a will; there is a way!! My recommendations- is to speak with a dean or counselor at the school and try to see if you can get a job at the school where you can earn school credit and pay. (paid internship) Also, I would check to see if you're eligible for scholarships in the field your going to school in. Second, you can do surveys - paid focus groups that you're able to take surveys and get paid for your opinions for products or service. Third, check out the postings at your school for part-time jobs and speak with your professors-you can possible work for your professors doing assistant work, getting syllabus together, assist with grading tests/papers or administrative work. Fifth, build relationships with the faculty and counselors they will be incline to help you and they do want you to succeed. Finally, remain positive and good luck!!!
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