5 Things to Look for in Your Part-Time College Job

Trying to figure out how to pay your next semester’s tuition? Saving up for that study abroad trip in your junior year? Or just want to go all out during spring break? All college students can use some extra money, be it for work or play. That’s what a part-time job is for. Here are some things to keep in mind next time you’re looking for one:

Flexible Schedule

There’s a reason it’s called a “part-time” job, because it shouldn’t get in a way of your class schedule or homework assignments – and it definitely shouldn’t kill your GPA. If it’s already stressful during the syllabus week, think about finals. Your best bet is to look for a job that you can do on your own time, or at least one that would fit your busy schedule, with the option of flexible hours, given that last minute homework assignment.

Diversify Your Skills

 Money comes and goes, but your skills stay with you. Learn and earn at the same time with a part-time job. Try jobs you’ve never heard of, try jobs that don’t sound as fancy, try jobs that none of your friend have done. You never know how much you’ll learn. Plus, having diverse skills and experiences is a great way to strengthen your resume or answer a difficult question during the next interview.

Decent Pay

 Unless you’re planning on becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg and launching the next hot social media platform from your dorm room in between classes, chances are you won’t be making a ton of money right away. Set realistic expectations, but also don’t sell yourself short. Keep in mind that lots of jobs offer opportunities for higher pay if you prove yourself — so go out there and hustle!

Professional Connections

Networking is not just a fancy term that career services at your school use when talking about job fairs — it actually works. You can make valuable connections anywhere, and your part-time job is one of the best places to do so. Those who you’ll work for (or with) will get a chance to see your effort and talent, which is great for when you’ll need those recommendations.

 Future Opportunities 

If you are looking to kick off your career right after college, a part-time job can be a great source for opportunities. If the place you work for offers full-time positions or is associated with another company that does, then you’re already setting yourself up for success. Building a reputation for yourself at an organization will make you a much stronger candidate for when it’s time to enter the real world.

Working through college is a good way to offset the high costs of school but it can be tough to find a decent-paying job that you’re able to balance with classes and a social life. Keep the above 5 things in mind when looking for your next part-time job – happy job hunting!

 

TransNational Payments Launches Innovative College Program, Be Your Own Boss

ROSEMONT, Ill.–TransNational Payments, an industry-leading electronic payments processing company, announces the launch of their College Program, Be Your Own Boss.

According to a recent report by Experian, over the last ten years, college-loan balances in the U.S. have jumped more than $833 billion, reaching an all time high of $1.4 trillion. With seven out of ten college students graduating with an average of $40k in debt, TransNational Payments decided to take action and create a program that would not only help students make a dent in this massive debt before graduating, but give them some legitimate B2B (business-to-business) experience along the way.

“Be Your Own Boss was developed to first and foremost give students the flexibility they need to remain focused on their studies while generating some income when they have the time, all the while, gaining real-life B2B experience,” said Mark London, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TransNational Payments.

Students focus on the early stages of the sales process, obtaining payment processing statements from local small to medium-sized businesses − TransNational Payments takes it from there.

In addition to gaining B2B experience that most other college programs fail to offer, Be Your Own Boss pays the students per valid statement submission. Should a specific business become a merchant of TransNational Payments, the student is paid again. The Managing Agent position takes this opportunity one step further − students can get their friends involved and once the Managing Agent forms a team, he or she gets paid for each statement someone on their team submits.

Students don’t have to worry about sales experience, or any experience at all − they will learn everything they need to know in training. What’s better than flexible schedules, on-going pay and B2B experience? Be Your Own Boss offers internship and post-graduation opportunities.

To learn more about how TransNational Payments is helping one college student at a time, check out byob123.com.

Since 1999, TransNational Payments has been an industry leader in credit card processing, online payments and mobile payment solutions, being recognized as one of the most charitable and socially responsible companies in the industry. Merchants trust TransNational Payments to manage their credit card processing payments in-store, online and anywhere their business takes them.

Contacts

TransNational Payments
Mark London
888.998.6224
marketing@gotnp.com

TransNational Looks to the Future of Payment Processing

Original article appeared in PC Magazine

TransNational Payments, a payment processing solution and merchants services company founded in 1999, wants to make it easier for small businesses to accept customer payments in any past, present, or future format. For the past five years, TransNational Payments has been working on a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) application programming interface (API) that makes it easier for developers to deal with Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) card issues, latency issues, and any future changes to payment method acceptance.

The new payment gateway API will be available on March 1st. It is designed first and foremost to address an issue small businesses deal with on a daily basis: negotiating the switch to the EMV standard. When American Express, Mastercard, and Visa required merchants to accept EMV or “chip and PIN” payment methods only (or assume all liability should a customer make a fraud claim), the credit card companies didn’t fully understand the technological burden they were creating for payment processing companies and the clients who do business with them, according to Jae Haas, President of TransNational Payments.

“They didn’t understand the aftermath from an integrator perspective,” said Haas. “This put businesses in a tough position to adhere to the new rules. Business owners wouldn’t be protected if there was a dispute if they did not dip that card as opposed to swipe that card. It has become extremely difficult for developers to make that transition from chip to PIN. The technical labyrinth you have to navigate takes extensive coding hours and a structural renegotiation. This has been a huge point of frustration.”

TransNational Dashboard

The JSON API

At its core, the JSON API is designed to simplify the process of how data is sent between clients and servers. By limiting the number of server requests, the products built on a JSON API can be more adaptable and easier to use.

“Our gateway was developed using JSON, which we believe makes it unique and more agile since it is natively spoken by all web browsers and JavaScript engines, meaning any web browser or web-based technology can speak directly to the gateway if developed correctly,” said Mark London, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TransNational Payments.

Also, the companies that use JSON will argue that it doesn’t compromise on discoverability, flexibility, or readability and that, because of its agility, it actually makes your servers more secure because you’re able to more quickly apply new security standards without having to completely redesign what you’ve built onto your API. “There are no significant tradeoffs they have to consider,” said Haas. “They won’t lose functionality to pick this up.”

With the new solution, TransNational Payments’ clients gain access to a “Simple Quick Dip EMV Solution” in one integration. All terminal transactions, whether with or without a card present, are stored in the gateway, including full receipts with signatures. Countertop and mobile devices do not need to navigate around a firewall, which simplifies the setup process for developers and retailers, according to the company.

TransNational Transaction Search

Getting Started and Moving Forward

But how about building it to work with a retailer’s own internal systems? According to TransNational Payments, the process not only requires little work today but it makes it easier to pick up and rework the system tomorrow.

“From a developer perspective, we opted to have stateless components available in the cloud,” said Bryan Olson, Executive Vice President of Operations at TransNational Payments. “These other companies are tied to hundreds of servers; it makes it a lot harder to steer the ship. We can shift with the industry and not have an issue because we’re not tied to the limitations of hardware. There’s no limit to what we can offer based on this API. We even offer DDoS [distributed denial of service] mitigation.”

Olson said another reason they decided to work with JSON is because large-scale merchants can use this API to create their own back end, which creates a more cohesive and faster environment for transferring data and adjusting the system should the industry pivot again, as it did with EMV.

TransNational Customer Vault

“We wanted to create something that can have everything done in one place,” Olson said. “If you can do everything inside of one panel, it helps simplify things for everyone.”

Today, the solution chip, Near Field Communication (NFC), key fob, and even biometric transactions work with TransNational’s solution. “This will futureproof to support any future payment methods that may be in the market or will be,” said Haas.

To prove their solution is ready for its looming March 2018 rollout, Haas’ team conducted more than 20 million stress test transactions. When asked what put his company in the position to be if not the first vendor, then at least among the first vendors to support both EMV and cardless transactions in one system, Haas replied, “We had the foresight to understand that card-present isn’t going away any time soon.”