5 Ways to Get Involved in College

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Although the main purpose of going to college is to obtain an education, there’s so much more to it. Between studying and partying, students have many opportunities to participate in on-campus extracurricular activities that can shape their college experience into something unique. Here are just a few ideas for how you can make the most of your four years in school — how are you getting involved?

Get a Part-Time Job

Let’s start with the best one: a part-time job. Unlike other activities on this list, a part-time job gives you an opportunity to get involved AND get paid. It can also provide relevant resume-building experience that will help you get a full-time job in the future.

So, how do you know which part-time job to choose? You can work as a barista, be a tour guide or try peer tutoring, but there’s one type of job that should be on your list regardless — B2B (business-to-business). The reason we mention B2B specifically is because it often not only pays more than a typical on-campus job, but also teaches useful professional skills, like negotiation and active listening.

There are many B2B jobs on the market, but it’s rare to find one specifically designed for college students. This is why the  Be Your Own Boss college program was created. Competitive pay, flexible schedule and easily accessible training are just some of the things that make it stand out. Check out this College Sales Executive position to learn how you can excel in a B2B role.

Join or Create a Club

If money or work experience isn’t high on your list of priorities right now, then a student club is a great option. The best part is that you rarely need anything more than a mere interest to qualify for membership — outdoors club, Tae Kwan Do Club, Robotics Club, you name it. And if your campus doesn’t have one that you’re interested in, you can start your own and even get funding from the school to help run it. That would be a great way to showcase your leadership skills to future employers.

Play an Intramural Sport

You don’t have to be a varsity athlete to play a sport in college. From soccer and flag football to tennis and racquetball, most campuses feature sports activities that don’t put pressure on participants to perform well. You don’t need to get up for 6 a.m. practices, worry about maintaining your athletic scholarship or miss important lectures because of road games.

Of course, intramural sports are usually nothing more than a fun way to socialize with friends and meet new people. You could list them on your resume under “extracurricular activities,” but don’t expect it to carry the same weight as a part-time job, for example. Nevertheless, it’s a great way to keep in shape and stay involved.

Participate in Greek Life

If we had to pick one stereotype that U.S. colleges and universities have around the world, it would be Greek Life. It seems like every college-themed movie features fraternities and sororities, but the way they’re portrayed often doesn’t reflect the reality.

If you choose to participate in Greek recruitment on your campus (even if you don’t plan on joining a fraternity or sorority), you’ll learn that every organization is different in terms of history, values and traditions. One thing they all share, however, is the opportunity for their members to get involved.

Whether you opt for internal leadership positions or participate in philanthropic activities and campus events with your fellow members, you’re almost guaranteed to find something meaningful to do with your time. 

Start to Volunteer

Speaking of philanthropy, you don’t have to be part of any club or organization to give back to your community. The fact that you donate your free time to the greater good can be very rewarding both in terms of personal growth and professional skill development.

However, don’t pick a volunteer or community service activity just for the sake of putting it on your resume. Instead, go with something that you’re passionate about and make it your cause. Volunteering is still work, albeit unpaid work, and your devotion to it can be a great indicator of your dedication to your future job.

With so many available opportunities to get involved with in college, there’s simply no excuse to not at least try. The earlier you start, the more you’ll get out of it. And the best time to start is now!

 

Managing Stress While Working a Part-Time Job in College

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Academics, athletics, student organizations, volunteering… add a part-time job to the mix and it may feel like a one-way trip to a mental breakdown. But that doesn’t have to be the case, as long as you know how to manage your time and prioritize your responsibilities. To celebrate the National Student Employment Week, let’s take a look at how you can keep both a part-time job and peace of mind while going to school.

Organize Your Schedule 

We aren’t going to tell you to buy a planner or sync every day of your life with an online calendar, although it can work well for some people. To truly organize your schedule you have to go back to the basics and determine what should and shouldn’t be on there in the first place.

It might be tempting to want to get involved in anything and everything, but you only have 24 hours in a day. Determine your limits and then prioritize the responsibilities that fall within them.

Get Moving

Unless you’re a varsity athlete or an avid gym-goer, you’re likely not getting the exercise your body and mind need. Lack of movement is directly linked to high stress and even depression and will negatively affect other aspects of your life.

College presents plenty of opportunities to get up and moving. Whether it’s the school gym or intramural sports, every student should be able to find something that fits their interests. Even simply going for a walk or a run can help clear your mind. The best part — it’s free!

Develop Good Habits

This one is easier said than done, but it doesn’t mean it’s not worth a try. Human beings are creatures of habit, and creating good ones is much easier than changing bad ones. For example, try to get enough sleep. It might be especially challenging around midterms and finals, but this is exactly why you need to organize your schedule. Developing a more consistent study pattern during the semester could mean less cramming at the end of it, which will leave time for sleep and lead to a better performance on that paper or exam.

Now that you know how to manage your stress, it’s time to find a part-time job that won’t add to it. If you’re looking for great pay, flexible schedule and valuable professional B2B experience, check out Be Your Own Boss, a new college program by TransNational Payments.

Top 10 Jobs for College Students

#1. Sales Reps

Sales is one of the most rewarding professions, because it often doesn’t require prior experience and teaches transferable skills that can come in handy in any career. For example, the College Sales Executive position at Be Your Own Boss, the College Program of TransNational Payments, is designed specifically for college students that are looking to make money while still having time to study and make the most of their social life. Besides enjoying a flexible schedule, you will gain valuable B2B experience that will make post-graduation job searching that much easier.

#2. Marketing Intern

If you’re you a social media guru, like working with people and want to create something that truly matters, this may interest you. The Marketing Specialist Intern at Be Your Own Boss is a full-fledged opportunity that will help build your resume and give you a chance to apply your classroom experience in a real world setting. You get to create, develop and execute your own marketing plan, as well as improve your critical thinking ­skills and gain proficiency in a variety of analytical tools.

#3. Resident Assistant

Whether it’s a personal issue or a conflict, a good RA if often the student’s first point of contact (especially for freshmen). If you want to help fellow students and potentially get cheaper tuition and room and board, becoming an RA is a good option. However, keep in mind that this role can be stressful and unpredictable, especially considering you technically live where you work.

#4. Peer Tutor

Do you excel at a certain subject area? Want to help fellow students do the same? Become a peer tutor and share your wealth of knowledge with others. It’s a great way to solidify your understanding of the subject while gaining experience teaching others, which is especially great if you plan to pursue a career in education. The downside is that compensation can be limited and often requires you to qualify for federal work-study to apply.

#5. Campus Tour Guide

Making money and getting those 10,000 steps in every day has never been easier. Tour guides get to show off their campus to prospective students while answering questions about different aspects of college life. However, these tours may take a while, depending of the size of your campus, and they usually happen rain or shine. Plus, you also have to be a real people person, since you’ll be communicating with many of them on a daily basis.

#6. Library Assistant

Already spending a lot of time at your campus library? Consider becoming a library assistant. You could be in charge of various tasks, ranging from answering questions from visitors to checking out books and publications. While this job does provide some extra peace and quiet over other roles, those looking for an opportunity to earn as much as they want on their own time should probably look elsewhere.

#7.Babysitter

This is a popular role not just among college students, but really anyone who is good with kids and wants to make some extra cash supervising them for a few hours. The good part is that the amount you make is often negotiable, you can choose how often you want to accept babysitting jobs and you can have multiple clients, however, chances are you will be required to work evenings and weekends, which can interfere with your study and social schedule.

#8. Barista

Practically every college town these days has a Starbucks in addition to a plethora of other coffee shops and cafes. It’s a good opportunity to practice your people skills and you may even get some discounted food and drinks along the way. On the other hand, you shouldn’t expect much above the minimum wage, plus some customers can be difficult to deal with at times and the hours tend to start on the earlier side of the day, which typically isn’t a college student’s favorite time to do anything other than sleep, much less work.

#9. Waiter

Similarly to the previous position, this role comes with an even greater variety of places to work and make money. Again, the base pay is frequently tied to minimum wage, which leaves you at the mercy of your customers for tips if you want to make any real money. This job requires a lot of energy, and you don’t always have control over your shift schedule. Choose wisely, especially if you really want that extra time to study or party.

#10. Lifeguard

If you are a great swimmer and don’t mind hanging out by the pool a lot, becoming a lifeguard can be a good option. Prepare to spend much of the time on the sidelines, but also be able to act at a moment’s notice in the event of emergency. Unlike other jobs on this list, this one comes with stricter skill requirements, including CPR and lifeguard certifications, so you won’t be able to dive in right away if you don’t meet the qualifications.

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!