Our list of campus jobs will put a little extra cash in your college kid's pocket. With flexible hours and good pay, his studies won't suffer and he won't be calling you for extra money!
Campus Tour Guide
If the idea of interacting with lots of people on a regular basis sounds like a great job, your child should consider becoming a campus tour guide. Not only will she meet a ton of new people, she'll have the chance to brag about all the great things her school offers. The requirements include excellent people skills and a thorough knowledge of the campus. Be aware that extensive training may be required, and the popularity of these jobs makes openings scarce!
Athletic departments at many large universities often hire tutors to help school athletes, and most schools also have walk-in tutoring centers for students. Tutors can set their own schedule, and will get paid whether or not anyone shows up for help. Downtime can be used to do homework, and the pay for tutoring jobs is often more than most campus jobs. Tutors need to be knowledgeable in the areas they are tutoring in, and must have the patience to deal with frustrated individuals. It's rewarding, however, to be able to help a struggling student.
Free housing and a single room aren't the only perks this job offers. RAs are usually offered a stipend that gets dispersed over time, so they receive a paycheck every two weeks or so. RAs also have the luxury of returning early from break, and are sometimes allowed to park for free on campus!
However, this gig isn't all fun and games. RAs often encounter difficult situations over the course of a semester, such as dealing with underage drinking and disgruntled residents. Candidates for this job need a thick skin and good people skills, and need to be prepared to deal with tough situations.
Students who work at the recreation center (the gym) can enjoy a laid-back job that may allow them to study during downtime. Duties include checking members in, general cleaning (such as laundering towels), and enforcing the rules and regulations of the recreation complex.
Customer service skills and patience are needed for this job, particularly during the beginning of the semester, when students are making a mad dash to purchase their textbooks. Job duties include helping confused students find the supplies they need, restocking shelves, and manning the cash register. A great perk is the major discounts employees receive on merchandise, including textbooks!
Although this job requires certification, the bonus is better compensation. Lifeguarding jobs typically pay more than the average campus job, have flexible hours, and allow students to interact with others. Job duties include monitoring the pool, enforcing rules and regulations within the establishment, and interacting with people of all ages -- from young children to senior citizens.
This is a paid job that provides a learning experience in academic research. Students who apply to be a research assistant should expect to conduct literature searches, distribute questionnaires, and analyze data. A minimum number of hours is required each week, but the hours are usually flexible enough to work around most students' schedules.
Reunion ambassadors are responsible for helping out with reunion weekends. Training is required, but one can expect to be paid an hourly rate and sometimes a stipend at the completion of a successful reunion.
Job duties include greeting alumni, guiding alumni on tours, and making sure alumni have everything they need for the weekend (or the duration of the reunion).
Students who apply for a job like this should have good people skills, and should be organized and reliable.
On-Campus Daycare Center
Anyone who loves children can apply for a job at the on-campus daycare center or preschool. Possible jobs include teacher's assistant or lunch monitor.
Successful applicants for a job in the daycare center usually have some childcare experience. This can also be a great on-campus job for someone majoring in child development, or for anyone looking to become a teacher.
This job basically pays students to go to class and take notes. Simple as that. All that is required is neat handwriting (or a laptop to type notes), and regular attendance.
Here's how it works. Many students need help taking notes during class due to a disability that keeps them from writing, hearing, or seeing well. This can be due to a short-term disability, such as a broken arm, or a lifelong disability such as impaired hearing or vision. The disability office pays other students to take good notes for the disabled students to use.
Anyone who takes this job must be reliable, as well as a good note taker, and must show up for every class. But the perks of this job are endless. There are no nights or weekends involved, and the student can take on as much or as little work as he desires -- not to mention he'll have some great notes that he can use, as well!