How exciting that you're hoping to find work while also being a student. Below are some suggestions I'd have for jobs that appear to be achieveable while going to school.
Nanny - Nanny jobs are popular with college students because they offer plenty of flexibility.
Call Center Representative - Many college students are able to build a cushion by putting on a headset and working at a call center.
Virtual Assistant - This is a fitting job for any college student who is organized, a whiz on the computer, and, preferably, possesses previous administrative experience.
On-Demand Staffing Jobs - Those seeking variety and ultimate flexibility need look no further than Wonolo, our on-demand solution that puts you in touch with companies in need of extra help.
Food Service Worker - Waiting tables to get through college may sound like a cliche, but there’s a reason why serving, bartending, slinging espresso drinks, and washing dishes are such popular jobs among students.
Home Health Aide - The job also offers plenty of flexibility in the form of weekend and evening hours.
Sales Associate - According to Business News Daily, the most commonly-held jobs by American college students are sales associate positions.
Tutor - Tutoring jobs can be found in a variety of places, in peer tutoring programs at the university, at private firms, or even remotely, in online formats.
Administrative Assistant - Companies hiring administrative assistants may not offer the same level of flexibility as restaurants or retail stores, but they do provide professional office environments that can give college students a real edge as they head into the real world.
Hotel Front Desk Receptionist or Gym Receptionist - College students majoring in hospitality need look no further than hotel front desk receptionist positions. Similar to gym receptionist jobs, hotel receptionist positions offer the potential of 24-hour scheduling that can fit well within the work days of any college student.
Life Guard - Full-time students in search of summer employment options would benefit from looking into local lifeguarding positions.
Social Media Assistant - Companies love to hire young, college-age employees to run their social media accounts because–let’s face it–college-age people are already on social media a lot these days.
Ride Share Driver - Driving for a ridesharing app, like Uber or Lyft, is an excellent option for college students, as the job offers 24/7 hours, with pay typically being at its highest on evenings and weekends.
Cleaner - Typically cleaners are able to set their own schedule and particularly entrepreneurial ones might even see a freelance business opportunity in this low-overhead service.
Bank Teller - Bank teller jobs are particularly valuable to finance, accounting, business, and marketing students hoping to one day use their degrees to work at financial institutions.
Brand Ambassador - Brand ambassadors work for a variety of organizations, including sports teams, restaurants, hospitality firms, beverage makers, food makers, nightclubs, and more.
House Painter - College students who possess previous painting experience can land jobs as local house painters, either working solo or for companies.
Tour Guide - It’s common to see students providing tours on campus, but city tour guide jobs are also fitting choices for college students in need of cash and flexible schedules.
Resident Advisor - College students in need of free room and board and extra cash should consider applying to their school’s resident advisor program.
Interpreter / Translator - Interpreter/translator jobs are great fits for college students who are fully bilingual.
Fitness Instructor - High-energy college students are great fits for these positions, especially ones that already hold personal training certifications, play collegiate sports, or are majoring in corresponding fields, such as kinesiology, dance, or physical therapy.
Online Data Entry Clerk - These clerical jobs can be performed at any time of the day or night, from the comfort of a dorm room and generally only require a rudimentary knowledge of data entry and data preservation.
Best of luck - I hope one or a few of these options might be of interest to you!
What an exciting time for you, with the world wide open with options for you. You actually have the power to answer your own question, it may just take a little more time and research. First of all, think about what you enjoy doing in your daily life. What are your hobbies? What do you do without being asked to do it? Those are usually areas where you have interest or talent. When I was young, all I wanted to do was read or write. And I wrote a lot. I wrote stories and poetry. I just lived for words on the page. There are lots of jobs for people who love to write other than being an author. You now have tools where you can simply use a search engine that need skills like writing. So begin with your innate talents and activities that make you happy. Second, you have to think about what you would never do so that you can eliminate them from consideration. I am not good with people in physical pain. That pretty much removes me from most physical medicine fields. The third thing is learning something new. Are there fields you know nothing about? You may want to learn more about skills that you never considered. You could think about caring for animals, learning how to dance, study some science that you have never studied before.
If you do all of these things, you then have to trust your instincts. What feels like a good job to you? Then think about what it will take to get it. Does it require college degrees? Can you start doing the job before you have a degree? By the way, there are many jobs out there where you can start doing the job without a need for a degree. You just have to have the knowledge and skill to get started.
All of this said - you have two tasks ahead of you: 1) figure out what is important to you and what your talents are and 2) do your research. If you keep these two things in mind, then you will find a job or career that makes you happy. And trust me, you are going to need to love your job some days. Even I, a person who loves what I do, have rough days with the career that I have chosen. I love it enough to go through the hard times.
Good luck on your search.
I started my job in the mail room while going to school at this company 25 years ago and now I am a VP of Sales.
I think the best jobs for students are jobs that give you an opportunity to work with people and develop your communication skills. Selling, retail, and the service industry. Whatever career and major you decide your ability to be a great communicator and team player is such a key factor in your success.
I applaud you for wanting to enter the workforce. I'm not sure how old you are, but I would considering sitting down and thinking about what you enjoy and what you like to do. Then try to narrow your search in those areas. If you are not old enough to legally work, you may want to consider advertising in your neighborhood for jobs you can easily do to help neighbors and get paid for your efforts. Some jobs you could advertise for include: babysitting, tutoring, yard work, snow shoveling, pet sitting/walking, elder company, grocery pickup, walking younger kids home from school or picking up from the bus stop.
Hope this helped!
You are off to a great start by taking initiative to ask this hard question. Knowing what job is good for you will take trial & error. In addition to discovering your likes and dislikes. For some knowing what you want to do as a career is influenced on personal experiences. For example, my personal journey was in interest in enlisting in the Air Force when I was in high school. I wasn't sure it was for me, but I knew I was interested and I had to try. So I enlisted and 20 years later I am retired. So taking a chance and being in tune with what really interests you is key. I found this site below that ask some great questions. There might be other career assessment test that might be helpful to spark some interest you didn't know you had. Good Luck!
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