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Jobs for College Students with Little or No Experience.
Jobs: College should not be about making money, but with the cost of tuition rising as much as 10% year, working while in school has become a necessity for many. I feel concerned that is why I have come here to help you out by providing you with the best jobs you can choose even as a college student.
Fortunately for you, though, there is a vast array of jobs that offer night and weekend hours to eligible candidates. Because I feel that as a student you shouldn’t have to search far and wide for a decent wage, I’ve compiled a list of the best jobs for college students.
Every one of the following positions offers the support that students need to help keep them afloat through graduation day. Check it out!
1. Cafeteria Worker
You may look at the cafeteria as a place for hanging out with your friends, but you can also work there. Sure, it doesn’t belong to the most glamorous jobs and the pay is quite low, but it could help you earn money in the long term throughout the year.
And it’s on campus, so you don’t have to travel hours to work. Also, consider it as a springboard for another job in the hospitality industry. Or, for example, if you study to become a psychologist, working in the cafeteria will allow you to meet and learn about people while serving them food.
2. Campus Tour Guide
Had you visited campuses before you received your acceptance letter(s)? If so, you probably followed students around to learn about the schools. Are you perhaps a freshman or a sophomore?
Well, it doesn’t matter. You can express your interest in getting a campus tour guide job. The annual budget of your school will probably determine how much money you can make per hour. And if you still have some free time besides your job on campus and your studies, why not start offering tours outside of school?
You can list your tours on platforms such as Pick Your Day, U2GUIDE, Vayable, and ToursByLocals, and tell stories about your city and its landmarks and cool places.
3. Bartender & Barista
If you’re interested in cocktails and coffee, you may check job ads to find bartender or barista jobs. Indeed, some companies don’t hire beginners but you may get lucky.
Huge chains (Dunkin’ Donuts, illy, 7-Eleven, etc.) are more likely to invest in your development as a barista or as a bartender. Since you have to be over 21 to drink alcohol legally in the USA, you should apply for bartender jobs after your 21st birthday, and if you’re a night owl.
Early birds would enjoy pouring coffee in the early hours more than mixing cocktails late at night. Baristas and bartenders usually earn the minimum wage plus tips.
4. Administrative Assistant
Working as an Administrative Assistant is a great way to gain experience in the “real” world. Choose a company you’d like to work for after you graduate and get connected to the business. You are likely to work with an older crowd of graduates here, offering a look into your potential career.
5. Marketing & Sales Intern
This is a great one to boost your resume and gain valuable professional skills. Plus you’ll make connections that will help you when you graduate. Although you sacrifice a higher paying position for experience, internships are an investment in your future.
6. Research Assistant
Gain experience in your field of interest by working as a Research Assistant for one of your professors. Many paid positions will have a high wage. Another plus? Since the research is usually conducted on campus, these positions are very conveniently located.
7. Research Study Participant
Work on the other side of the research by participating in paid research studies. Although this is not an official position, these act as paid gigs that students can pick up based on their availability.
Check with your school’s Psych department to see what research studies are looking for participants. These are simple, non-committal, and flexible for your schedule.
8. Resident Advisor in the Dorms
This isn’t a paid position, but the chance to have free room & board during your college years will save you as much cash as you would make in a traditional part-time job.
You will get the chance to closely interact, mentor, and bond with hundreds of college students a year and give back to your university in a highly influential way.
The next stop on our list of the best part-time jobs for college students is tutoring. We assume your school has a peer-to-peer tutoring program, but if not, you may find plenty of opportunities online.
Aside from your classmates, you may establish yourself as an online tutor offering lessons in music, math, biology, history, languages, statistics, marketing, etc. You name it.
You may start tutoring without any professional experience and certification, but you must be knowledgeable about the subject you’re planning to teach.
Tutors usually make $15-$35 per hour. Your level of experience and the type of subject will influence your hourly rates. Sometimes you will determine them, sometimes the platform.
10. Library Assistant
Library jobs are one of the most convenient jobs to have as a student because of their relatively high pay and on-campus location. This position will give you plenty of customer service practice and the chance to interact with college students for most of your shift. Best of all, there is usually plenty of time to do your homework.
11. Dorm Receptionist/Security Monitor
This job is perfect for students who love to study late at night. Most dorm receptionist jobs begin after sunset and can go as late as 3 AM. One of the biggest perks is that you are usually allowed to do homework during your shift.
Make money and get ahead in your studies, while simultaneously welcoming students into their homes. It’s a win-win-win situation.
12. Brand Ambassador
Another exciting job for college students is being an ambassador for a brand. Any kind of brand. You would attend events and talk to potential customers about the company, and also promote the brand online.
Plenty of companies reach out to influencers and average (loyal) customers. Among them, you can find Nike, Oakley, Apple, Aspen, Skiing Company, DoorDash, Postmates, TaskRabbit, Airbnb, and Shipt.
Think about your interests and the brands you love, and then surf the Internet to see whether they’re currently looking for brand ambassadors. You would make $10-$27 per hour.
13. Campus Tour Guide
Are you undeniably passionate about your campus? Put it to good use as a paid campus tour guide. This will give you public speaking practice, exercise, and a chance to convince prospective students to attend your university.
This job is simple and fun as long as you are prepared to be moving for the entirety of the tour.
14. Cafeteria Worker
Working in your university’s dining areas will require little to no experience and have higher pay than other restaurant jobs. It may not be the most glamorous work, but it will earn you money and free meals, saving you a significant amount of food-prep time and money.
15. Driver & Carshare
From ridesharing to carsharing to delivery drivers, there is no shortage of options in this category. Uber and Lyft are modern-day taxi services.
Tripda is an app that allows you to offer rides to people on trips that you are already taking. Getaround lets you rent out your car any day of the week.
You can also become a delivery driver for a local restaurant or find positions through Postmates, Doordash, Grubhub, Sprig…the list goes on.
16. Restaurant Worker
Fancy restaurants may look for experienced and skilled personnel, but not small local diners, fast food restaurants, and other low-key places. Owners need help in both the kitchen (dishwasher or cook) and the dining area (host or waiter). Do some self-assessment and apply for a position that interests you.
Or the one that can challenge you and push you to develop new skills. On average, servers make $10.45 per hour plus tips. They tend to get free meals but not always, sometimes the cost of those is deducted from their salaries.
17. Security Guard
In some restaurants and bars, you may have seen some security guards who make $13.72 per hour on average. You may need some training but it’s quite a simple job to do, although you must be prepared for everything—especially in bars.
You never know who walks in the door. If your classes are scheduled for the mornings and afternoons, working in a pub or bar from 5-7 p.m. could work for you. However, always try to get enough sleep.
18. Software Engineering Intern
If you have the skills to work as a software engineering intern, startup companies consider you a hot commodity. Take advantage of the high demand and gain experience in college so that you can be prepared to tackle the engineering world when you graduate.
19. Brand Ambassador
If you are friendly, energetic, outgoing, and self-motivated, work as a brand ambassador for a local startup or business. This position is great for those who want to gain experience in several roles.
You will likely participate in cold calling, email marketing, social media, flyering, and attending events to represent your company. There can also be an opportunity to grow within the company.
Have a special talent or craft that you want to share with the world? Make money off your handmade goods on websites like Etsy and Amazon’s Handmade.
Prepare homemade meals for people using Feastly or Josephine. Don’t limit your customer base to the internet you can also try selling your artisan foods and crafts at local boutiques, holiday markets, and even in your college dorm.
Got an extra room in your apartment? Websites like Homestay, Airbnb, and FlipKey allow you to rent out your homes to vacationers and travelers. Put your room on the market during Thanksgiving or Christmas break, when demand (and rates) are highest.
This is a great way to earn cash without having to spend time at a job. Note: if you live in a frat house, this probably isn’t the right option for you.
22. Child & Senior Care
Websites like SitterCity and UrbanSitter make it easy to find nanny and babysitting opportunities near you. You can also try posting a message on NextDoor to offer your babysitting services to local families.
Care.com is perfect if you want to work in adult and senior care. The ability to control your work hours and the relatively high pay makes these jobs ideal for college students.
23. Shop Assistant
Students with erratic and hectic schedules often end up working in retail. Bookstores, boutiques, and even supermarkets employ a lot of them.
It’s one of the best part-time jobs for college students because it offers a variety of shifts, thus students don’t have to skip an important seminar or lecture.
Cashiers usually make $10.78 per hour and retail sales associates around $11.70 per hour. Look for ads online or visit the largest stores in town. On AppJobs, you can find companies like Instacart or Shipt you could sign up for and earn money doing grocery shopping.
24. Catering Staff
This is a great job for those who want a flexible, on-call position with decent pay. Previous experience in foodservice is a plus. There will likely be different locations for each event, offering an escape from your typical routine.
25. Food Truck Staff
Depending on where you live, food trucks are the growing local business trend. Take the chance to work for a cool new business with a fun culture. You will also gain some customer service experience, food prep experience, and the chance to travel while you work.
This position is great because it requires little to no experience, offers flexible hours (depending on the place), and is readily available in most college towns. Don’t be fooled by the title: you’ll likely do some food prep as well.
27. Social Media Manager
Think you’ve been wasting your time on Snapchat and Instagram? You’ve actually been gaining useful skills. Put those skills to good use by running social media accounts for a local business or startup. Some of these positions can also be done remotely, which is great for the busy college student who is good at multi-tasking.
28. Fitness Instructor/Receptionist
Exercising has become a huge part of many people’s lives. Now and then there is a new trend popping up and people are flocking to the gym to try out.
If you’re a trained yoga, pilates, CrossFit, etc. instructor or personal trainer, send your résumés to the gym near your home. Maybe your college’s fitness center is hiring. You must have the right qualifications to do jobs like these.
If you are into sports but haven’t done any training yet, try to get a receptionist job first. In both cases, you must excel in communication as you’ll be talking to a large number of people daily.
As a receptionist, you would receive $12.40 per hour. The salary of fitness instructors is higher; on average, they make $19.15 per hour. Having said that, the type of sports you’re involved in and your location can influence the level of income made.
To boost your income, you may join an online platform like Udemy where you can also offer yoga lessons among others to a large number of people worldwide.
29. Host or Server at a Restaurant
This is the go-to job for those looking to earn fast cash and gain valuable experience in the food industry. Whether you aim to own a restaurant, work as a chef, or simply pay your way through college, this is the job for go-getters.
You’ll be on your feet for most of the shift, but the extra income gained from tips will be a great benefit to your bank account.
30. Juice/Smoothie Maker
Juicing is all the rage these days. Get in on the action by working at the new juice shops popping up in your neighborhood. This is a great job for those with a passion for produce and a healthy lifestyle. A huge perk is that most smoothie places close relatively early, leaving your nights free.
Although most of these jobs require barista experience, they are a wonderful option for college students. Cafes cluster around campus, so you will meet tons of students while also getting to know some of the locals. Be prepared for some very early or late shifts, as many cafes cater to student’s study hours.
32. Delivery Driver
Aside from working in a warehouse, you may decide to become a delivery driver. Delivery is considered one of the most popular jobs in the gig economy, for example.
These jobs are characterized by great flexibility. Many people deliver by bike, but you may use another type of vehicle whenever you’ve got the time.
You turn on an app that notifies you of new order requests. Just to name a few companies you could work with: goPuff, DoorDash, Stuart, Peach, Uber Eats, Jolt, and Favor, or grocery shopping and delivery with Instacart, Shipt, Postmates, AxleHire, Senpex, or Roadie.
Delivery drivers earn $7-$15 per hour; customers usually leave generous tips. If you’ve got an adventurous spirit, enjoy exploring new spots in the city while doing some exercise, this is the right call for you.
33. Sales Associate at a Gourmet Food Shop
Although you may have to settle for minimum wage as a sales associate, this is your opportunity to find a truly unique and local place to work. Find a food shop whose mission and way of business inspires you and take advantage of working there.
Learn about running a business through observation as you are likely to work close to the owners.
If you have the training (and the age) necessary to work as a bartender, take advantage of it in college. This job will have a cool social scene, likely be close to campus, and offer high pay depending on where you work. Night owls will thrive as shifts will generally peak after dark.
Many businesses hire bloggers to create attractive and relatable content for their websites. You don’t have to limit your job search to local businesses for this one, as the work is generally remote and submitted online. You can even be proactive and reach out to your favorite blogs to see if they are looking for contributors.
36. Graphic Designer
If you have an excellent design sense and know how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, there are endless job possibilities for you. Work as a freelance designer, create content for local businesses, or find an internship at a local marketing agency.
The pay range is wide depending on the company, but hours can be flexible and the work can be remote.
Did you look after kids while in high school and you said no more? Still, I’d like you to reconsider it. While it’s super simple nowadays to get in touch with parents, you can also ask college professors and administrators whether they need some help.
Otherwise, we suggest that you read about the companies presented on AppJobs: Care.com, College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors, UrbanSitter, Sitter, Zūm, and Sittercity. The average pay rate is $11.17 per hour. And if you don’t want to pay rent, look for a live-in sitter job!
38. Customer Service in a Book Shop
Believe it or not, paper books are not dead yet. Local bookstores are making a resurgence, especially in college towns. Many book shops will be close to campus and offer some of the books required for courses, lessening your costs for school books with employee discounts.
39. Bike Shop Mechanic
If you love bike riding, this is the perfect job to turn your passion into cash. Is no experience actually fixing bikes? Check to see if there’s a local co-op or volunteer bike club on your campus that can teach you the basics.
If you have a nice DSLR and an eye for capturing beautiful moments, reach out to local photographers, and see if they need an assistant. This job is great if you need a flexible schedule because you’ll often work at events on nights and weekends
Another good option: start your own photography business by photographing your friends for special events or professional headshots.
41. Front Desk Associate at Yoga Studio
If you love fitness and can motivate people to exercise, this is the job for you. You won’t need much experience and will save money here as well. Most places offer their employees free classes — a great way to stay active in college!
42. After School Teacher/Tutor
When it comes to working as a part-time teacher or tutor, the options are endless. You can work at a nonprofit after-school program, tutor for a family near campus, or sign up for one of the new gig economy tutoring/teaching sites like Chegg Tutors, TakeLessons, Maestro, StudySoup, and Skillshare. The pay is usually high and the hours are often flexible.
If you’re willing to get trained and certified, lifeguarding can be very rewarding. Spend your days by the pool and help promote safety in the water. You’re likely to have mostly young co-workers and a fun work environment.
44. Ice Cream Scooper
This will be a sweet job (pun intended) for those of you who are looking for a social job. Enjoy life outside of college as ice cream shops usually attract people of all ages. Little to no experience needed is also a plus!
45. Warehouse Associate
With the growth of online shopping, the demand for warehouse workers, making $10-$18 per hour, has increased. Think about the popularity of Amazon, for example.
Warehouse jobs require a lot of stamina as workers need to work at a fast pace. You may pick this type of job if you don’t mind doing shifts, sometimes a bit outside of the city. Check whether there is any warehouse in your city.
Not all part-time jobs pay minimum wage. Look into these opportunities for a job that’s enjoyable and pays you enough to really help out with tuition costs.
You might have friends in college that are also wanting for jobs for college students. Yes, there are out there even on social media. Reach out to them by sharing this article with them on their social media handle.
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