Best Jobs for a Busy Graduate Student

So you are working on a degree and money is tight? Take a look at these jobs for busy grad students.

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Work for the School

Department work is by far the best job you can have in graduate school, busy or not. By getting a research fellowship or teaching assistantship, you generally get a good deal off of your tuition in addition to a living stipend.

What is more, you will be working in your field under the guidance of a professor in your program. Both look great on your resume, have good support, and can blend seamlessly into your coursework.

If you don’t get a fellowship or assistantship, you can still keep your work on campus by applying for a staff position or even working as a resident assistant.

As a resident assistant, you will oversee undergraduate resident assistants, help create community in your assigned building or floor, and will generally look out for and counsel students.

Otherwise, office positions in any number of departments—from prospective students to the records office—could use your help. And they are used to working around class schedules, so you’ll never have to worry about that.

Work from Home

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If you don’t like the idea of working on campus or if you are taking your courses online, you can still find a flexible and good-paying job by working online or from home. Whatever you are studying, consider working as a tutor in that subject.

Online homework-helping companies will gladly hire you after you pass a certification test, and then you can meet with students via Skype or a similar program and can help them get through their math, English, or other subjects, whatever you know best.

Don’t limit yourself to just online tutoring, however. If you find that you enjoy it, put an ad in a local homeschool newsletter or post something at a nearby school offering your services.

Are you a decent writer? You can also make a pretty good hourly wage working as a freelance writer. Content marketing companies are always looking for good writers who can turn out a well-researched and well-written article.

If you are studying medicine or one of the sciences, your chances are even better. Eloquent writers are extremely valuable, and increasingly rare in these fields, so this job title could get you an ongoing gig with a magazine or website in your field.

Work in the Summer

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For some grad students, summer is a time to get away. If that’s you, look for an exciting summer job that will help you unwind and refresh from the school year.

You could work at a camp, as a wilderness or trip guide, at a ranch, or just as a lifeguard at the pool or beach. For the more adventurous, apply for a summer abroad doing everything from teaching English to working at a farm.

Of course, many grad students use the summers as their chance to find an internship and further fill out their resumé. To do this, your best bet is to talk to your professors. Does your advisor need a research assistant over the summer?

Does a professor have a friend at a nearby company with an internship? Your department probably has a list of internship opportunities, so definitely stop by the office for some advice and suggestions on where to go.

Follow Career Services Guidance

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In the end, whatever work you are trying to do, remember that your department, professors, and Career Services programs are there to help you succeed.

So don’t be afraid to pester them with questions about your resume, skill sets that match your job title, or recommendations.

And don’t lose hope if you can’t find anything on campus. With Career Services’ internship list, you might land an off-campus internship for the summer, school year, or both.

No matter what program you are in, you can find the job that will match your studies and give you the money you need to survive. What job did you or do you have in graduate school?

About The Author

Randy is a freelance writer based out of Brooklyn, New York. When he’s not writing he is usually down town checking out the local music scene or lost in the library working on his masters. Whether it’s the travel, tech, or finance, Randy is always researching the most recent topics to stay ahead of the game.

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