School is starting back up for a lot of broke college kids.
Trust me, if you are a broke college kid, I very much understand how you feel.
So, for a lot of us, the job search is on.
Looking for a job in college can seem overwhelming when you have no idea where to start, and you know that a zillion other students are also looking for a job.
Many people prefer to get jobs on campus rather than off campus for a variety of reasons.
If you’re like me, you don’t bring your car to school because it saves you a load of money. But, for that reason, you have to make you sure to find a job within walking distance or that a bus can easily get you to.
Another great reason to get a campus job is because on-campus employers are generally the most understanding when you have a busy college schedule, and are the most flexible about scheduling you according to your academic life. That is always a load off your shoulders.
Regardless of whether you are looking on or off campus, this might help you think up places to apply or routes to take to finding opportunities!
Hopefully this post helps you brainstorm a few options you might have on your campus and gives you a clear idea of how you can navigate searching for a job while in school.
WHERE TO START
Think of your interests and what you’re studying to see if you can find something that aligns with that. Obviously, why not start by trying to find a job that you will actually enjoy? For example, I am an archaeology student, so I gravitate towards looking for museum jobs. Chemistry students might look for jobs in a laboratory. Marketing students might look for a job in communications. And so on, and so on.
See if your department offers any student work – odds are, they at least have a limited amount of opportunities that you might be able to get involved in!
IF THAT DOESN’T WORK
Think about the layout of your campus. Take out a map if you need it.
Think of every single place that you might be able to work: restaurants, libraries, etc. while you look at the layout of your campus. This is where you can simply brainstorm every spot on campus that hires students to work, and then you can narrow it down by location or where you’d most like to work on campus!
While this technique doesn’t tend to offer up any pre-professional jobs for you (but of course it might!), you now have a list of places you can consider applying to.
Maybe doing this will even remind you of somewhere to apply you’d genuinely like to work, too! Without visualizing the layout of the campus, sometimes certain places and possibilities don’t come to mind. I always find thinking of the entire campus as a whole very helpful.
WHERE TO GO NEXT
Check your school’s career development center. Whether they have a site for job postings or not, you should be able to go to an adviser and let them know you are looking for a job on campus. Chances are, they are aware of opportunities you’re not!
Check the classifieds. Sometimes campus jobs will post openings on the classifieds, and this way you KNOW that the job opening is very current. There may be less of these postings during the year as opposed to at the beginning of the semester, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
Of course, the classifieds is full of odd-jobs too, if you’re just looking to make some extra cash. People are always looking for dog walkers, babysitters, and people to help them move in!
Seek out other job posting websites at your university. If your campus is anything like mine, there are a good handful of these websites. Ask your friends, ask professors, do a quick Google search and you might become aware of a site you previously weren’t! Oftentimes different campus jobs only use one or two of the sites as opposed to all of them, so you are likely to find different postings on different sites.
SOME OTHER OPTIONS
Ask professors directly. They might be able to hook you up with a job you’re actually interested in, such as research they’re aware of, paid field schools, etc.
Asking them will probably be helpful, too, regardless of whether or not they have any opportunities for you because they will remember that you’re looking for pre-professional or paid work, and you never know when they’ll become aware of something that suits your interests.
Check for scholarships and grants that pay for pre-/professional work. You may be able to find an internship that offers the chance at scholarship money as a result of doing it, or grants that will pay you hourly for your work. These are often academic scholarships and will vary a lot between areas of study, but they probably exist somewhere on your campus. You can do a quick search of “[your school] pre-professional scholarships, funding” and something you’re interested in might pop up!
Of course, these scholarships and such usually have strict deadlines, and you may be well past it. But, at least you’re aware of it now, and maybe next semester you can apply for it and have a job doing something that you love.
Sell your stuff on the classifieds. Especially if you have furniture or books that you don’t need anymore, people eat that stuff up on campus classifieds. You obviously can’t expect to make a lot of money doing this, but it could get you a little extra cash!
Ask around! You probably have a friend or someone that you know on campus with a job, and maybe that place is hiring! Not all locations do a lot of advertising for their openings, so this may be your in at a new place.
I very much hope that you are able to find a job at school if you’re looking for one, and hopefully these tips might help navigate your job search. Obviously, most or all of these ideas can also apply to off-campus jobs, but I can’t blame you if you prefer on campus for any variety of reasons! There are a lot of perks to on-campus jobs. I gravitate towards them, too.
So, good luck! And I hope you have a great start to your semester if that’s your plan for the fall.
Otherwise, I hope that the end of your summer is great and that you’re looking forward to the colder seasons.
Talk to you on Thursday!