Part-time jobs for students: How to work while in college
What is part-time work?
Before we understand what a part-time job is, let’s define full-time work and freelancing. The former is a 9 to 5 job where you are mentored by an organization and enjoy the privileges they offer, while in the latter you are assigned a specific project and a certain amount of money to complete the task. Here, you can work whenever and wherever you want; you can wake up at 11 am and take a shopping break at 3 pm. Part-time work is a sweet middle ground between the two, where you have to put in less time than in a full-time job, ranging from 5 to 25 hours a week, and are accountable to an employer, unlike freelancers. People can look for part-time work offline, where they have to go to the office two to three times a week, or part-time work online, where they can just open their laptop, sit back and work from the sofa.
Advantages of part-time work for students
1. Earn while you learn. Need we say more? When the bear trap of bankruptcy gets tighter and tighter, it’s only natural to consider taking part-time work to bite your leg off. A part-time job can give you a good cash flow to keep you going on trips to cafes and theatres.
2. Flexibility of working hours. It can be difficult for students to juggle a full-time internship with their studies, but students working part-time from home can help maintain a balance between study, work, and social life. This is made possible because part-time opportunities allow one to choose working hours according to one’s convenience.
3. Easy access to the labor market. Part-time jobs not only provide you with a glimpse into the corporate world, but they also equip you with practical skills that you can’t learn sitting in a classroom. They enable you to boost your confidence, improve your communication skills, build a work ethic and learn a skill from the inside out. This will make it easy when you step outside the four walls of the university and join the workforce.
4. Explore your options. Many students are unsure of their career options, and part-time student jobs allow them to dabble in different fields and gain insight into various areas.
What are some part-time jobs for students?
1. Customer service. This sector is all about providing assistance to customers and ensuring they have a smooth experience when receiving your services. These jobs involve resolving customer issues via phone, social media, email, or direct communication.
2. Data entry. If you have a decent typing speed accompanied by a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, you are likely to find part-time data entry work with ease. As a data operator, you enter numeric and/or alphabetic data into databases and ensure that this data is accurate.
3. food service. While our sanity has been attributed to a hot cup of coffee and a Big Mac, what could be better than brewing coffee and serving it with a biscuit. You can look for part-time work at food and drink outlets with, what can I say, tips and free food! You can look for it.
4. graphic design. If you have a good eye and are comfortable with Illustrator and/or Photoshop, the world of graphic design beckons. It’s a tornado of creativity where you can convey your ideas through color and graphics.
5. Writing and proofreading. If you consider yourself a master of words, writing could be an ideal job for you. In writing, you can look for positions such as journalist, copywriter, technical writer, etc. Proofreading opportunities practically flood the part-time job market, so if you’re an expert grammarian with a keen eye for errors, this position is for you.
This list barely scratches the surface of the part-time jobs available to university students. You just need to figure out what your interests and your skills are, and there will be a part-time job for you! The bigger question is where to find these jobs.
Where do you go to find part-time work?
Finding a part-time job is a part-time job in itself. Even with hundreds of options, finding “the one” can be more difficult than finding Valentine’s Day date for a mechanical engineering student. Here are a few ways you can look for part-time opportunities.
1. Online portals – Students can apply for part-time work-from-home jobs on various platforms such as Freelancer, Qriyo, Monster, Fiverr, Upwork, etc.
2. Internshala – There are many benefits to working part-time, but a spruced-up CV is not one of them. Applying for a part-time job on Internshala will not only provide you with a certificate of job completion but also the opportunity to transition to a full-time job.
3. Drop off your CV – If you’re like Bernadette and want a job at The Cheesecake Factory, go straight to the shop and drop off your CV. You can work before or after your college hours.
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