As an incoming college student, there is one decision you will likely face early on that deserves some thought before you actually get started. We addressed some of the unexpected college costs a few weeks back and when combined with the big ones (tuition, rent, books, etc.), it makes sense to think about what kind of jobs are available for college students, and even more about which is better for you: a job outside your career path that earns more money, or one that gives you experience in your prospective career but pays less. Taylor F., from Sacramento, Calif., asks:
Q: I know I’ll need to work when I’m in college to help cover bills. What are some convenient and decently paying jobs for college students?
A: Experience pays.
Steve Loflin, founder and CEO, National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Getting a job is really important during college. Working with employers, I have learned many of them are asking if the student has had any work experience before getting any consideration. Work can be volunteer or for pay but you get experience that shows you can commit to a schedule and manage time. Additionally, you will build relationships that translate into recommendations when pursuing future opportunities. Consider on-campus positions for convenience; Resident Assistant or orientation leader positions will get you some money, possibly free housing, and also will get you trained in a variety of skills that are transferable. Also, ask your favorite professors if they are hiring or inquire in the department that is most aligned with your future goals. Be creative, persistent, and reap the rewards immediately and in the future.
[See how LinkedIn offers new options for students.]
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