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.
It’s never too early to begin planning and an intentional and successful job search plan can take months to implement from the initial research phase to application to interviews to the job offer. Get a jump-start on your planning with the resources available to you through VCU Career Services.
There are several reasons students might want to work while attending VCU. You may identify with some of the reason below or have your own set of reasons for wanting to work as a student.
- 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
Students interested in finding a part-time job are encouraged 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 Job Location & Development Coordinator about beginning your part-time job search, reviewing your application materials like a resume or cover letter, or to get help answering the questions above and sorting through potenial opportunities. Make an appointment with the Job Location & Development Coordinator through Handshake.
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 in Handshake.
You can begin searching for a part-time job on one of these reputable, helpful websites:
Handshake at VCU - 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 - 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 engine for jobs, allows you to search 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 - VCU Human Resources’ database of on-campus jobs allows you to search for student-only jobs. Many of these positions are also listed on Handshake.
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