Getting through college is not always easy, especially when you are required to pay your tuition while also surviving everyday life. When you are trying to work through college, choosing the right jobs that can help to provide while working towards your degree is a way for you to free up time while reducing stress. The more you work towards improving your skill sets in college and before entering college the easier it is to find a position that is right for you and that also pays well for your college lifestyle.
If you feel like you have your studies on lock down and you need a way to make money for tuition or living expenses, there is plenty of business potential around you in a college setting. By being a tutor, you can have money coming in weekly or bi-monthly just by using your knowledge and talents. Some universities have their own tutoring programs and will hire qualified individuals to help struggling students. If your school doesn’t offer tutoring services, you can start your own mini-business and do freelance tutoring. You’ll have to promote yourself and do a lot of work to get your name and services out there, but once you establish a client base, you’ll have a suitable income from tutoring.
Working as a web or a graphic designer is another way to work through college on your own terms and in some cases, even on your own time. If you have a knack for design, work with Adobe Creative Suite and enjoy helping others with graphics and web work, consider freelancing, seeking contract work or even working part-time as a paid intern at a company near your college campus. If you want to eventually pursue a career in this field, this is a great way to get experience. If you just like using your talents and designing for fun, it will be an enjoyable way for you to make money.
One position that allows you to work both part and full-time and still make good money is working as a dental assistant. If you wish to work as a dental assistant, you must complete a dental assistant course to become certified. At places like the Academy of Dental Careers, you can get your dental assistant training completed in as little as 12 weeks. Once you’ve been certified, you can find a schedule that balances with your class time, and start making good money. Helping as a dental assistant is a way for you to learn more about the dental industry, and build your resume while also paying the bills during your college years. Even if you don’t plan to enter the dental industry after graduating, this job offers good pay with a flexible schedule—two things that every college student needs when working through college.
Getting a position at a local company or even working freelance has never been easier if you are familiar with programming language and computer engineering. With the uptick in applications, social media and web work available, becoming a programmer is one of the most ideal methods of making money to help you get through college without a hassle. If you want to improve your programming or coding skills, sites like Codecademy can provide you with tutorials, allowing you to teach yourself. If you plan to pursue a tech-related job in the future, this experience will be invaluable. If you just happen to know the ins and outs of programming, you will be an attractive asset to any company.
With the advent of social media and social media marketing, working as a community or social media manager is another position that can help to pay the bills while promoting a small business, local brand or even an expanding corporation who is not familiar with using social media to help grow their overall success. A lot of older company owners are looking for young college students who are social-networking-savvy to handle their online branding. If you are enthusiastic about social media, or you have a particular knack for it, you can use your knowledge and contract your skills out to different companies, or work for one specific brand. Like other internet-related jobs, this can allow you to work from home, or even on campus as long as you have your laptop.
Working through college is no walk in the park—you need to find a position that pays enough for you to support yourself or pay for tuition, but that also allows you to attend class. All of the jobs above generally provide an option for part time work. That way, you can work part time while also attending class and finding time to study. Then, during the summer or semesters where you have a lighter load, you can take on more hours and earn more money. No matter what you plan to do for your future career, any of these jobs will help you make the money you need for the time being and still have time to devote to your classes.