Earn while you learn
Are you looking for a part-time job during your time at VCU? You are not alone.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2011 the majority of undergraduate college students in the U.S. (actually 72 percent, if you’re into statistics) worked during the academic year. VCU students are no different — many of you will work while attending school and gain real-world experience to pair with your education.
Finding the right opportunity takes time, research, quality career documents, interviewing skills, organization and dedication. Luckily, VCU Career Services has a variety of resources to help in your search for that next opportunity — and dedicated career advisors who can guide you every step of the way.
Why should I work part-time as a student?
There are several reasons students might want to work while attending VCU. You may identify with some of the following reasons:
- Earn money to supplement college expenses
- Develop your resume with relevant professional experience
- Learn valuable skills that can be applied to future employment
- Connect with employers and build a network of professional contacts
How do I get started?
If you're interested in finding a part-time job, we encourage you to do some self-reflection about what kind of job may work best for you while attending VCU.
Begin by asking yourself:
- What days and times you are realistically available to work?
- What skills would you like to gain from your part-time job?
- What is your most reliable and realistic source of transportation to get to work?
You can also talk with the VCU Career Services' job location and development coordinator about beginning your part-time job search, reviewing your application materials like a resume or cover letter, or getting help answering the questions above and sorting through potential opportunities.
Students are also invited to participate in some of our Career Services programming and events to meet employers and develop part-time job search skills. You can find the schedule of programs and events or make an appointment with the job location and development coordinator through Handshake.
How can I locate a job?
Search for a part-time job on one of these reputable, helpful websites:
Handshake at VCU: A comprehensive search tool to find jobs, internships, research opportunities, volunteer positions and more. Handshake is available to all VCU students and alumni for life.
ConnectVA : This site provides information, resources and instant access to nonprofits, civic leaders, volunteers and others interested in improving Metro Richmond. The Job Finder is a great place to find local area jobs and internships focused on the nonprofit community.
Indeed: Search this job site based on geographic preference and job type or title
SnagAJob: Based in Richmond, Virginia, this site helps hourly workers find jobs they love — and helps hourly employers find the best people for their jobs.
VCU eJobs: Use VCU Human Resources’ database of on-campus jobs to search for student-only jobs. Many of these positions are also listed on Handshake.
Capango: The reinvented retail and restaurant recruiting job search engine that’s like a dating app – but for jobs. This app connects you to employers in the area with part-time work opportunities.