Pursuing your education is one of the biggest steps you can take in your career – congratulations! But, paying for school, and your life outside of school, can sometimes be a challenge for college students.
Although you may still be in school, there are many opportunities to gain experience in your field — and help pay your bills — while you’re in school. Here are some tips to help you find the right position for your needs:
- Check with your school. Most schools have a career development center, or other office, that helps place college students with local employers on a part-time basis. These jobs can range from customer service-type positions to hands-on experience in your field. Meet with a representative from your school, and share your financial and long-term career goals. They may be able to find a part-time position that meets your needs. Or, they may be able to find you a paid internship (they’re out there!) in your field.
- Consider a customer service-type position. You may be setting your sights on a career-oriented position right away, but don’t rule out a customer service-type role. Customer service is an integral part of many professional jobs (whether you’re dealing with the public directly, clients or vendors). The tenets of customer service are essential to professional development in many areas. Experience in this area can be viewed as a strength for many recent grads – particularly if you can note specific on-the-job achievements.
- Partner with an employment agency. When you’re just starting out, you may have the skills necessary to succeed in a professional role, but you’re likely missing some experience. This can make it difficult to apply for many part-time positions. Partner with an employment agency, and they can “sell” your specific skills and background to a potential employer.
Looking for a part-time job?
At Peoplelink Staffing, we work with a wide range of employers, and we’ll help you find your next part-time opportunity!