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 through Europe after graduation or simply to augment their wardrobe; working, while in school, is not new.
UF will even help students find jobs both on and off campus by visiting the Career Connections Center and the Jobs at UFL website. There are many job fairs, both on and off campus, with UF students. Click here to find out about what job fair may be right for you. Students can also check on CraigsList, Indeed, SimplyHired, SnagaJob, Monster, and WayUp for possible opportunities. Another job resource specific for UF jobs can be found at glassdoor.com.
Check out what students are doing at UF to make money.
UF Bookstore – There are retail jobs at UF Bookstore, the Gator Sportshop, the Law School and Health Sciences.. The jobs are very competitive but for a current listing, click here.
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 on 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. Applications will be posted at Careers at UF from 1/3/18 through 1/12/18.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 jobs at the Oaks Mall that has more than 100 stores.
Studies/Focus Groups – There are always opportunities to get paid to participate in a study or focus group on campus. They are usually advertised to student’s .edu email and can also be found on the class Facebook page.
Internships – This is a great way to get real-world experience. You may start a broader search through the Career Connections Center on the internship web page… 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 out some of the job sites including Indeed.com. Don’t rule out Linked In as a resource either. And, if you have contacts with friends, families, acquaintances, ask if they know of any internships. Even HaveUHeard has a paid internship program.
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 at school. Some dorms are not open during breaks so this can be an issue.