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Finding a Job While in College

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By BookRenter textbook franchise manager, Kimberly Erskine
Kimberly is a senior at Rowan University studying English, Writing Arts and Creative Arts. When she is not in school, she spends her time as a social media coordinator for her university and as a speciality medicine intern for Slack, Inc. Her interests include reading, writing, blogging, social media, publishing, marketing and pop culture.

Between increasing tuition rates, living expenses, and having a little leftover for the fun stuff, it is easy to feel strapped for cash. Many students look for part-time work to help them get through their college years. Both on-campus and off-campus jobs can be flexible with your busy schedule and provide you not only with extra cash, but with important experience that may help with your future career plans, as well.

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On-Campus Jobs:

Many students love on-campus jobs. These are typically given to students in one of two ways: 1) Federal Work Study (FWS), which comes as a part of a financial aid package, or 2) Institutional Work Study (IWS). FWS is the more common of the two. Most colleges will post job openings at the beginning of the year for FWS positions on their campus career website. These positions include light office work for various campus departments, on-campus dining, or working in the library.  IWS jobs are similar, but because the funds come from the department and not financial aid resources, experience may be required and competition will be tougher.  On-campus jobs can be great because your bosses understand firsthand how busy a student’s schedule can be. These jobs tend to have flexible hours and are convenient because you don’t have to worry about transportation costs.

Off-Campus Jobs:

Off- campus jobs provide another option for students in need of extra cash. Many students choose to work in the field of retail or food service. These jobs typically do not require experience and may allow for weekend hours (which will make it easier balancing school and work!). However, retail and food service jobs are not students’ only off-campus options. Another option is finding a job or internship in your specific area of interest. These jobs are great resume-builders and can help you begin to network in your field.  For example, a nursing student may want to look at securing an internship or job in a doctor’s office or hospital setting. This experience can create valuable connections to help students earn a promotion after they receive their degree.

When choosing a job during your college years, be sure to choose one that works the best with your schedule and that interests you. If possible, try to find a job related to the field you hope to break into after graduation. Get to know your co-workers, especially your supervisor so that you can rely on them for future references and perhaps even earn a promotion post-graduation.

Good luck with your job search and remember to smile and make the most of it!

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