Get a Job to Help Cover Expenses
Nowadays, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that you’re going to be working during college, but with a little planning, you can maximize your earnings while you’re still in school.
Step one is to try to find an internship in your field. Unfortunately, paying internships are often few and far between. If one is offered to you (even if it’s not paid), you should probably take it. Any experience in your field will be helpful when it comes time to find your first “real” job.
Assuming you can’t get an internship, you’re going to depend on a resume that formed before you were accepted into college. Try to make sure there’s something there that sets you apart. Try to learn a special skill before you get to college. Video editing, house painting, landscaping, cleaning, tile laying – it doesn’t really matter what the skill is. What matters is that you can do it and others can’t. No matter what the skill, build a portfolio and references and bring these to college with you.
Do you think Aunt Myrtle might teach you how to clean her house and pay you to do it? Do you think she might write you a letter of recommendation and maybe even personally recommend you to her friends? In many markets, a self-employed maid will easily make $25 an hour, while your classmates will be fighting for jobs that pay minimum wage.
Do you have experience as a tutor or nanny? Bring those letters of recommendation and make sure your references don’t mind being contacted.
Can you lay tile or edit video? Bring along your work (or pictures of it). Again, also bring references. If you have a special skill you’ll be able to make more money, as well as set your own schedule. Both of these are quite beneficial in the college employment game.