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!