Who among us isn't eager to make some extra money this semester? Applying for an on-campus job is a great idea, but it's not the only way to rake in the cash. Here are ten alternative opportunities to consider.
Out of all the courses you're taking this semester, is there one where you feel like you have a strong understanding of the material? Do you feel like you could help students who miss class due to personal matters or are struggling to do well? Go to your Student Disability Resource Center and see if you can sign up for this position. If not, become a professional notetaker and start your own business. Keep in mind, however, that not all colleges may support the latter option.
Is there a professor you really want to impress? If so, volunteering to keep an eye on their residence while they're taking time off, taking a vacation or taking a sabbatical is the perfect opportunity to get on their good side. Not only does it provide money (and free accommodations), but it also allows you to experience a new area and meet new people. In the event you decide to look into other housesitting opportunities, websites like MindMyHouse can help you during your search.
Ah, the dreaded resume. The document that has the power to get that coveted job interview or prevent you from setting foot in the business you so desperately long to work at. If you're familiar with templates, layout and what to and what not to include in your resume, this is the job for you. Interested in starting your own business? Visit your school's Career Center and, if there are any, shadow the resume writers working there.
Let's imagine this is your last semester and you're starting to clean out your dorm as the academic year progresses. There's just one problem: you have so many used textbooks you don't what to do with them. The solution is simple: sell them to incoming students or students who are a couple of years behind you.
High School Tutor
Just because you've graduated high school doesn't mean you have to leave it behind forever. Inquire about possible openings as a part-time tutor to students who live close to campus and who may have trouble in key subjects you excelled in when you were a student. Something to keep in mind: the amount of money offered may vary depending on factors such as the class material and the student's year of study.
This position is another great avenue for those who want to continue impressing a certain professor in a certain course they love. Why? Because it allows you to go behind-the-scenes of your favorite course and learn what goes into each class. As an added bonus, you get to help the professor maximize efficiency when grading assignments, planning lectures and selecting texts while simultaneously helping your fellow students understand the material.
Focus Group Participant
We all have opinions, whether it's about politics or about the latest product to grace store shelves. So why not get paid for sharing those opinions? All you have to do (after signing up and making the cut, that is) is either take a short survey or participate in a group discussion that has been based on you and your fellow participant's specific demographics. It's simple and easy. Just be sure to look out for scams that present themselves as online advertisements.
Clinical Trial Participant
Do you hate being poked and prodded by doctors? Did you hate getting shots when you were young? If so, then this isn't for you or anyone faint of heart. But if you're okay with being injected with what promises to be a breakthrough for flu vaccines, go right ahead and sign up for a local clinical trial. Just make sure you know the requirements (healthy with no history of diseases or debilitating medical issues) and consider if the trials offered are the right fit for you.