No matter what way you look at it, college is expensive. Everything adds up really quickly when you are paying for classes, books, food, and housing. As full-time or part-time college students, it is hard to find a job that fits your busy class schedule. On-campus jobs provide the perfect opportunity for students who want the extra cash without having their work interfere with their classes.
On-campus jobs are convenient because you can work before or after class without wasting gas going back and forth. Not all jobs care if you are a student, but if you work on-campus they do their best to help you succeed both financially and academically. These on-campus jobs provide you with real life benefits and if you do a good job, you could get a really good recommendation from someone at your college.
Here is a list of some of the best on-campus jobs and the resume building skills you get from them:
If you go to class and are actually awake, you’re most likely already taking notes. If you are in a class with someone who is registered with having a disability, you could get paid to do something that you should already be doing anyways.
Resume Skills: Effective Study Skills, Organization, Writing Ability
With all the options for dining on campus this is probably the one with the most options and availability. Students can work at the cash register, serve food, wash tables, wash dishes, and more. It doesn’t take much effort and it is very convenient.
Resume Skills: Flexibility, People Management, Teamwork
Campus Tour Guide:
If you are outgoing and love to talk, giving tours around campus could be the perfect job for you. It’s your campus so you probably know a lot about it, now you just need to tell others about your experience and knowledge. Why shouldn’t you get paid for meeting new people?
Resume Skills: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Skills, Management Skills
You don’t have to be a fitness guru to work at the recreation center. If being athletic isn’t your thing, you can be at the sign-in desk or be the one to administer first-aid. if you like hands-on work, many universities have student personal trainers or instructors for classes at the gym.
Resume Skills: Communication, Coaching, Interpersonal skills, Conflict Management
If you have ever lived on-campus or in a nearby apartment you will have had an RA who put together a few meetings or made signs for your doors. RA’s have office hours and set up times for residents to meet each other. They have flexible schedules which you get paid for, plus you get free housing. These positions are usually highly competitive, so apply as soon as possible!
Resume Skills: Communication, Organization, Creativity
Most colleges have programs on-campus for students to get free tutoring, or have set up ways to make it easier for students who want tutoring to get help. If you took a class and know the subject, you might as well make some cash off of all the studying you did. You will be able to help another student and yourself at the same time.
Resume Skills: Interpersonal, Management/Instructor, Reliability
One of the hardest parts about studying is finding the motivation to start. When I worked at the library I would just show up a little earlier or stay a little later and get some studying done. Since I was working, I was already in the zone and it was just so much easier to concentrate on what I was doing. It is a quiet work environment and it will undoubtedly help you with your own study skills.
Resume Skills: Computer Skills, Customer Service, Organization, Time-Management
Department offices, Student Union, and many other buildings are usually staffed with students to answer phones, schedule appointments and file paperwork. Working at these offices are pretty simple and provide you with a great opportunity to get closer to your professors or lead faculty members at your university.
Resume Skills: Computer Skills, Organization, Time-Management, Networking
This is probably one of the hardest on-campus jobs to get. Assisting a professor with research opens up so many doors for you. It really helps build your resume, get hands-on experience in your field, and you get paid. A true win-win.
Resume Skills: Communication, Experience, Hard-Working, Organization, Research, Time-Management, Writing Ability
Professors often teach many classes and find it hard to grade all the paperwork. Some of the work is tedious so professors have students help with grading tests, assisting with research, and teaching supplemental classes. If you do a good job, not only will it look good on a resume, but you could get a really good letter of recommendation.
Resume Skills: Communication, Time-management, Organizational skills, Leadership