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Best Part Time Jobs for College Students

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A peek at my Social Security statement online brought back some fond memories of part time jobs I’d held during college. Back then, it was pretty awesome to sit in an office somewhere on a work study job and get paid $7 an hour to do basically nothing. I worked in an IT department doing nothing more than collect time cards, I did some TA work grading tests and holding office hours that no one attended, and I did a bunch of random things online that involve buying stuff on sale and reselling for more on eBay (including selling some software that scraped eBay for sale listings).

Sadly, looking back, that time was probably better spent making a search engine or a social network.

That said, it’s always fun to see what the “experts” say are good part time jobs for students, this time it’s Kiplinger and they listed:

  • Restaurant Server, Bartending
  • Tutor
  • Baby Sitter
  • Retail Sales/Cashier
  • Fitness Trainer/Sports Instructor
  • Usher
  • Freelance Writer
  • Caregiver
  • Seasonal Worker
  • Paid Intern

Most are prized because you can make a few dollars and it’s flexible work, so you can fit it around your class schedule. Personally, looking back, I think that, if you can afford to (huge if!), you should only take on part time jobs that can offer you more than money. Being a restaurant server will likely not provide benefits beyond pay, so I don’t think it’s a great option. If you can intern at a company where you can learn something useful in your career, then that’s one that you should pursue.

Lastly, your first job in college should be to graduate as soon as possible with as high grades as possible. 🙂

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7 Responses to “Best Part Time Jobs for College Students”

  1. Scott says:

    Maybe if you’re majoring in hotel and restaurant management being a server or bartender makes sense (to play devil’s advocate)

  2. I agree that finishing school on time should be your number one goal. Staying for an extra year or semester will cost you thousands of dollars. If you have time an internship is a great way to get a leg up in your first job search. The other jobs will likely just provide money and no additional benefits.

  3. Shirley says:

    Retail sales can teach you many life lessons about people, attitudes, and social skills. These, taken constructively, can last your lifetime and be passed on to others. A person who has found success on “both sides of the counter” is a well-adjusted person.

    • DMoney says:

      Totally agree. It’s the little “menial” jobs that can teach you a lot about people/human interaction.

  4. freeby50 says:

    I certainly think you should try and get a job that is related to your field of study as a priority. Paid intern in your profession is the best option. But of course a part time retail job or something similar can a flexible easy way to make some side money, and theres nothing wrong with that.

  5. collegekid says:

    the BEST college job is a tour guide. If you want to talk benefits. Universities take care of tour guides, best paying job on campus, free cloths with the university on it every semester, plusssss you get to check out the girls before they even get there!!! If thats not benefits I dont know what is.

  6. ace carolla says:

    i worked in a restaurant during college, and even after graduating and getting a decent job i still worked at the restaurant because a) it was good money and 2) i have no social life

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