Need a job? Working it!
Some students have to work to pay for college, some consider their school work their only job and fortunately don’t have to find work outside their studies, and others choose to work while at school to supplement their spending. Whatever the reason, it is rarely a negative when a student gets a job, whether it is to pay tuition or housing, plan for their spring break trip (see our spring break blog for more information on that) or to backpack throughout Europe after graduation or simply to augment their wardrobe; working, while in school, is not new.
FSU will even help students find jobs both on and off-campus by visiting the Career Center. There is also a Part-Time Job Fair held each fall and spring for the purpose of connecting local employers, both on and off-campus, with FSU students. Students can also check on CraigsList, Indeed, SimplyHired, SnagaJob, Monster, Handshake – that is powered by FSU – and WayUp for possible opportunities.
Check out what students are doing at FSU to make money.
CARE.com – students can sign up and post availability to babysit, dog sit, tutor, etc. The average pay is about $12 an hour.
Bartending – apparently, this is a really coveted position, probably because the money is plentiful, but be prepared for very late hours, even on school nights. Of course, one good tip jar during a game day shift may possibly pay half the rent for the month.
Tutoring – If there is a subject that you have already mastered, share that knowledge for $20-25 an hour with a student that needs some guidance in that subject.
Waitress/Hostess – There are so many places to eat near campus and they all need help at some point.
RA – (Resident Assistant) – This is a great way to get reduced housing and make $8.35 an hour. Students have to apply the year before (applications for the 2018-19 school year are due by Dec. 20th). Check out the requirements online; there are quite a few as this position comes with great responsibility.
UBER – Yes, some students with their own cars drive for UBER.
The Mall – Yes, many students have said that there are many jobs at the Governor’s Square that has about 140 stores.
Internships – This is a great way to get real-world experience. You may start a broader search through the Career Center. For a narrower search, we recommend looking at your individual college or looking up specific companies that you may be interested in working for. Chegg has an internship site or check some of the job sites including Indeed.com. Don’t rule out Linked In as a resource either. And, if you have contacts through friends, families, acquaintances, ask if they know of any internships. Even HaveUHeard has a paid internship program.
If a student is interested in an on-campus internship that will help develop and perfect personal interview skills, then students can apply to be a Mock Interview Mentor. Mock Interview Mentors (MIMs) facilitate in-person, phone and Skype mock interviews for current FSU students and recent alumni through the Mock Interview Program. The Mock Interview Program is a service for Florida State University students and recent alumni to practice interview skills and receive feedback on their performance.
Remember, students that hold part-time jobs may not be able to leave for school breaks, which may mean spending Thanksgiving, spring break or some of the winter break up at school. Some dorms are not open during breaks so this can be an issue.
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