College is an excellent step for a young adult to take towards their future, but it can be a hefty financial burden, not only because of the cost of tuition and housing, but all the other expenses that pile up along the way. On-campus employment is an excellent option for many college students, not just because of the financial benefits, but also for the ways in which these jobs prepare students for their careers and adult life. But there is such a wide variety of on-campus jobs to choose from, many college students may not know where to start in their search. Here are some of the best on-campus jobs for college students, due to factors such as pay, flexibility and experience gained:
1) RA (Residential Advisor/Residential Assistant)
As an RA, you will help on-campus residents that live in your assigned area get adjusted to dorm life. You will also help your residents with any issues they experience, such as roommate conflicts, academic struggles and family problems. The job may also require you to arrange events or outings to help bring your residents together as a community. On-campus employment as an RA will teach you how to handle a lot of responsibility, and give you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your peers. On top of the experience you gain and people you meet, you will receive free housing, and get a better selection of rooms than most students.
2) Library Assistant
This is on the list of best on-campus jobs because it tends to be very low stress, and if you are a library dweller to begin with, you will be getting paid to hang out at your favorite place on-campus. Some of the tasks involved in this on-campus job will probably include general office work, ensuring silence is maintained in the library, and assisting patrons with finding items. One of the best perks of this on-campus job is that in your downtime you will likely be able to work on your own school work, while at the same time being paid.
3) TA (Teaching Assistant)
This is one of the best on-campus jobs for the depth of experience it offers. If there is a subject that you excel in and enjoy, from physics to psychology to calculus, you may want to look into becoming a teaching assistant. Many colleges and universities hire students to assist professors with their classes, performing tasks such as completing important research, lead discussion groups and grading papers. Another plus of on-campus employment as a TA is the networking opportunities that come with the job.
4) Event Caterer
If you are saddled with a heavy school workload but still want to rake in a generous amount of cash while living on-campus, one of your best options would be a job as an event caterer for the college or university you attend. Most schools have their own catering companies for on-campus events such as graduation ceremonies, alumni events and admissions gatherings. Your working hours will probably be more sporadic, but you are likely to rake in good money for every event you cater (meaning you will make more money in less time).
5) Website Manager
Since technology is such a solid career path these days, and every college and university can use assistance with their website and online presence, you are likely to be able to find on-campus employment as a website manager for your school. If you are interested in honing your content management, technical and writing skills while making some money, this is one of the best on-campus jobs that you can apply for.
Author: Jessica Cody
Jessica Cody, a native of Fairfield County, Connecticut, has a background in online marketing and public relations. Currently, she works at VHMNetwork LLC in the role of Marketing Analyst. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she studied Journalism and Political Science. She is also an avid runner with a passion for the outdoors.