What are some good job options for college students?
I'm not in college yet, but I'd like some ideas for a few years from now when I do go to college. Also, what should I look for in job while I'm still in school, whether it's highschool or college? I'm planning to apply for jobs this summer, but I've never done this before and don't want to go in blind.
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You received great answers from John, Jennifer, Elizabeth, and Natalie. I agree with each of them!
A few additional things I would encourage you to do:
-Create a LinkedIn profile, especially once you've begun your first job. This is your living, breathing professional profile online. The sooner you're able to share your resume and work experiences with the world (paid or unpaid), as well as network with other professionals, the better!
-Once you land your first job, and NO job is too small!, begin creating your resume. Think about the knowledge & skill sets you're gaining that would be value added to future internships and employers.
-Last but not least, be open to trying different things, especially early on in your career. You may end up working in roles that aren't your dream jobs, or you may end up discovering something you're totally passionate for, but ALL of them are valuable experiences to have! I can honestly say I've learned as much, if not more, from some of my more challenging work experiences than I did the ones that felt natural and went smoothly for me. Any time you're willing to take a chance and try something new, you're pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. That is often where the greatest growth, personally and professionally, comes from.
Best of luck to you, your future awaits! :)
I hope this helps!
Best of luck!
In regards to college, most universities will offer student positions that are flexible and work with your school schedule. The positions could be anything from food service to office/clerical work. Try to connect with people by networking and apply to internships. Internships and volunteer activities look great on your resume.
During high school, the best position you could look for would be something that might encourage a lot of written or verbal communication, but you could work anywhere.
I would recommend trying to get a job through the campus. There are some programs where you can work for the school and get money off your tuition or get paid directly. Either way, I think that a connection to the school would benefit you because you are going to be at school a lot anyway. It would make for a much shorter commute, saving you time and money to get to a new location and start the work day. Plus working on campus always you build a network on campus.
If you don't work on campus, I would say work as close as you can. Also be honest with non-campus businesses about the fact that you are going to school. You want to work for an employer who can work around your classes. Not all of them can, but you want to understand your challenges with scheduling. That takes communication.
Good luck on your job hunt.
A friend of hers was a nanny for the Gates family. She was very well paid, had no rent and all her meals were taken care of. They were able to work out a schedule so she was in class and had study time while the children were in school. Another bonus was she went on vacations with the family as a nanny also. I hope this helps.
One of my favorite jobs I had while in college was an office assistant role. I worked at the front desk of my dorm, which allowed me to meet a number of influential people, as well as help allocate time to studying and homework when the shift wasn't busy. I would strongly recommend looking into a similar position if it is offered at the college you choose.
I would also recommend looking into positions that provide experience for your eventual profession. I worked as an instructional assistant in a lab, which gave me experience when pursuing jobs in the engineering field out of college. In addition, colleges offer many research opportunities. The research isn't always science-based, the research could be in economics, psych, etc. Many professors in those fields are willing to help their students find ones that align with their interests.
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In college, I would say to see if there is something that you can do that is tied to what you are going to school for. Look around the campus to see if there are opportunities to work in a library, front office or even with different organizations within the campus.
It would be best to get a job working in an area that you are interested. In my case, I was able to obtain 12 credit hours of marketing class doing an internship at a department store in the mall. In addition to getting college credits, I got paid. This was a win -win for me as most of my friends who did did an internship did not get paid.
A different route would be to consider looking for a job that could sustain you long-term and will give you a back-up job to hold you down while you are looking for the job you prefer. For instance, getting barista or bartender experience would give you better paying job prospects if you need to wait in a lower wage job until the job you prefer opens up. It helps not needing to jump on the first job opportunity that heads your way.