It is very common that students do part-time jobs while studying in foreign universities. It's obvious that if you don't work, you will have more time to study, but doing a job can get you some income to survive or get some pocket money without depending on parents.
Research has shown that those students who work while studying tend to understand and grasp their studies much better than those who are not on job. They understand the nature of business and get a practical learning about how things are done. For example if a student is studying telecommunications and works at a call center, he will understand each and every thing much better.
However students working while studying should definitely not divert from their studies and keep a balance between their studies as well as job.
Types of part-time jobs that foreign students do include Child care, landscaping/ maintaining garden/ gardener, swim lesson instructor, house cleaning, tuition (tutor), office assistant, management assistant, delivery jobs, lifeguard, sales assistant, recreation assistant, web designers, violinist/ musician, mailing letters, dishwasher, IT technical assistants, tour guides, book keeper, delivery work, receptionist, creative writers, drivers, photographers, graphic designers.
In Sri Lankan universities part-time jobs are not promoted. However following are some part time job ideas for students who follow university degrees or other courses.
16 Part Time Job/ Self employment Ideas while studying
- Conduct Tuition Classes –
This is very common among undergraduates. Many popular tuition teachers
start their career while studying in University. You can do A/L, O/L or
even classes for other school children.
- Photography –
If you have a DSLR camera then you can start your own photography business
by photographing your friends for special events such as weddings.
- Research Assistant or as Research study participant
Gain experience in your field of interest by working as a Research
Assistant for one of your lectures or professors in your department/campus.
Check with your University to see what research studies are looking for
You probably have some skills eg. Web designing, editing, copywriting, computer programming, graphic design etc. Then you can use your skills and talents to build a business of your own, as a freelancer (self-employed person). You can earn money by offering your talents and skills to the world without leaving your home or office. Fiverr and Upwork are
massive marketplaces for all types of freelance work.
Check Sri Lankans who are offering their services at Fiverr, a popular freelance site.
- Restaurant Jobs - Waiter Staff
You can work in large Hotels and also places like MacDonald’s, Pizza Hut,
KFC. You can earn money and have free meals also.
- Sales Assistant jobs in Shops
- Promotion campaigns/ Advertising
Eg. Distribution of handbills, putting up posters, Business inaugural
- Data Entry Operator
These jobs have easy working hours, sometimes you can do these at your home
using your computer.
- Content writer/ Creative writing jobs
If you can write creatively there are several jobs available as creative
article writers or web copy writers.
- Programing/ IT jobs
- Product marketing jobs/ Telemarketer
These jobs involve marketing of products to customers by visiting home or
- Invest in Stock Market
Read our article on Students Guide to Invest in Colombo Stock Exchange
- Insurance agent or wealth planner
- Design work – Print design, Web design, Video editing
If you are knowledgeable in Photoshop and other print design software you
can work for designing various advertising materials.
Account Assistant/ Book Keeping/ Tax advising and tax report preparation
- Customer Service & Call Center jobs
You may also check part time job openings in partyimejobs.lk website.
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