Great student jobs help prepare you for life after graduation, but they can also be a good source of income. In college, you'll likely be working part time, so it's important to find a job with flexible scheduling. The following article outlines flexible, rewarding jobs for high school and college students.
If you're entrepreneurial minded, you can offer your help on a freelance basis for social media assistance. If you live and breathe in the digital worlds of Twitter and Facebook, there are plenty of small businesses that could use your assistance. Some people want someone else to do everything (including setting up and managing accounts) while others just need help getting started. For this type of work, you can charge an hourly, weekly or monthly fee or work by the project. As an added bonus, you'll likely be able to do most of the work from your home, plus it will look super impressive on your resume when you graduate. Just make sure you're confident about your skills before you jump into business. Social media is easy for the everyday person, but it's a little different when you're handling accounts for businesses.
It's a typical college job, sure, but it's great for a reason: You get tons of free coffee to help you through those term papers, plus you're exposed to an incredible range of people on a daily basis. You'll strengthen your interpersonal and communication skills and hone your customer service know-how, plus, if you work at an independent coffee shop, you'll probably pull in a decent amount of tips. If you're a mover, shaker or networker of any kind, this job will give you plenty of contacts if you're not afraid of promoting yourself. Plus, you'll likely get exposure to live music, poetry readings and other fun cultural events.
You need training and certification, but most lifeguard jobs are incredibly flexible. During semesters, you can pick up shifts at a gym pool, and during the summers you can pick up more hours at community centers and beaches. Though you need to be mindful and alert, a job as a lifeguard gives you plenty of time to think and reflect. Because of this, it's a great choice for artists, writers and musicians. Besides, who doesn't love getting in the water for a quick dip after work?
This job isn't for the faint of heart, but it usually pays well. Many college art and drawing classes hire nude models to pose for their classes. Whether you're male or female, fit or full-figured, it doesn't matter. Classes need people of all sizes and looks. Just be prepared to sit still for quite a long time (it's more challenging than you think). If you've ever wondered what you'd look like in charcoal or pastel, becoming an artist model will give you the chance! In order to learn about artist model openings, scan online job postings or call the art departments of local colleges and universities.
No matter what student job you choose, make sure it's flexible and pays decently. Though they don't always offer pay, internships are also a great way to get experience for your future career.