It’s no secret that college is an incredibly expensive investment. Students often pile up tens of thousands of dollars in loans just to be able to take a few classes and receive a pretty piece of paper at the end. This is why it’s important for you, the student, to minimize the amount of money you will have to pay afterward by earning cash while still attending college. The most obvious way to do this is to take on a part-time job. However, it’s also important to pick the right part-time job.
During your job search, there are a few pointers to keep in mind. First, you ideally want a job which involves a lot of sitting, such as a librarian or security guard. These jobs are ideal for the undergraduate student. While working, you can bring in some of your books and study while you sit at the desk, allowing you to practically get paid for doing your homework. Not only will this give you a great deal of free time outside of your job, but also put some money in your pocket, enabling you to enjoy the more, let’s say, “pleasurable” bits of college.
Another great option for the young undergrad is paid internships. Here, although you may not be able to do your homework on company time, you will be gaining valuable real world experience that you can put on your resume. You’ll also be able to figure out whether the field you are studying is really what you want your career to be, since you will have a taste of what lies in wait for you if you decide to stick with it. It is important to note, however, that unpaid internships are worthless. Do not take them.
These two tips will make your college experience much smoother and also put money in your pocket.