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How to Choose the Best Work-Study Job

Last updated September 23, 2021

Congrats on getting to college! If you have already filed your FAFSA, you might see that you are eligible for a Work-Study Job. Work-study can provide you with a part-time job through your school. That means money in your pocket AND an opportunity to build your career skills and resume for life after college. Win Win!

The question is: How can you make the most out of this opportunity?

Your school will have lots of work-study jobs. There are three main tips to make sure you set yourself apart from the rest in landing your work-study gig.

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Tip 1: Start early and advocate for yourself!

Start researching your school’s career center and work-study options right now! Take notes on the process for your school, make sure you have a resume ready, and figure out who you have to talk to. Once you get on campus, go to the career center and feel confident in all your preparation. You’re an expert and the job is yours so go and GET IT!

Tip 2: Know your schedule!

Do you know when your classes are? Do you know how long it takes to get from your dorm to class? Do you want to be able to work off-campus or on-campus? Are you joining other activities or clubs? Figuring out your schedule is such a key skill in college and no easy task! But knowing what works and what doesn’t will help you narrow your choices for work-study jobs.

Tip 3: Search from the heart!

What are you interested in learning? What gets you energized? What are your passions? What skills do you want to build? What are you interested in pursuing as a career when you graduate? Being able to answer these questions will help you find the right work-study job.

If you know your major, even better! Be sure to share all of these things with the counselors in the career center so they can help you find the right job. Even if you’re not completely sure of your major or career path, that is totally fine - just be sure to ask for things that align with your interests and try things out. Hot tip: sometimes knowing what you don’t like is just as valuable as knowing what you do like!

Have more questions about work-study? Just text "Hello" to 33-55-77 and we'll walk you through how to find a work-study position, how to complete your FAFSA so you can get work-study, and more.

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