6 Part-Time Jobs You’ll Actually Enjoy

No one wants to spend all of their out of class time on a job they hate. Finding a part-time job on its own can be challenging, but how can you find a part-time job that’s fun, too? Here are a few suggestions.

Work on Campus

Start by consulting with your campus regarding jobs available there. While spending more time on campus may not sound exciting, it’s convenient and you’ll meet more of your fellow students. If you’re already in off-campus student housing, you may not be spending that much time on campus anyway.

Library Assistant

Local libraries are frequently hiring interns and assistants. If books are your favorite part of student living, consider a job there. Libraries are a great place to network if you’re interested in either academic or government work. They also tend to be low stress positions, and you can do them in your spare time.

Fitness Instructor

Are you a sporty person? Do you love physical fitness? You may be able to become a fitness instructor. If you’re spending a lot of time at the gym of your off-campus housing anyway, you can put that fitness time to work. Consult with some of your local gyms regarding their classes and their instructor qualifications.

Hobby Shops

If there’s a hobby you’re really interested in, consider working at a hobby shop related to it. For instance, if you love knitting, a yarn shop may be right up your alley. Not only will you be able to meet with other enthusiasts, but you can frequently get discounts for your supplies! If you’re really good at something, you may even be able to run a few paid classes at a local community center.

Gig Worker

Driving for a ride share service, delivering groceries, or delivering food orders are all examples of new gig jobs that are available for students. Many people love driving people around because they get to talk to and learn more about strangers, while others like to drop off deliveries because it lets them work when they want to without interruption. Either way, gig work is good if you can’t fit a job into your current schedule, or if you just want to be able to work a few hours every week.

Bartender or Barista

Chatty people love bartender or barista work. If you absolutely adore meeting new people, consider a coffee shop or bar close to your school. While bar work can get a little stressful (the late shifts don’t always mesh well with school), both being a bartender and a barista comes with the advantage of earning tips. 

Still stuck trying to find the perfect part-time job? Consider starting with the options that are actually available. The bulletin board at your student apartments may have some job openings for you — and you can talk to other students to find out more about what they’re doing, too.

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