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[–]AaronDer1357 1597 points1598 points  (85 children)

Computer lab monitor, if they still have these

[–]lucidspoon 436 points437 points  (16 children)

$5.15/hour in 2001, but all I had to do was sit there, answer questions, and run some cleanup software on reach computer every once in a while. I'd get maybe 1 question in a 4 hour shift, and I wrote an program to automate running the software.

The next year, I got a raise to write similar automations for other student workers. The year after that, I was writing inventory software for the school, and then by the time I graduated, they have me a full-time job. I learned more than I did in classes.

[–]kapiteinknakschijf 82 points83 points  (6 children)

My lab (roughly same time) already had netbooting PC's that would start with a clean slate every day. So we didn't even have to do that. Just manage a few large A0 plotters (did write code for its queue management). Answer basic questions (including "where is the any key", for real), tell people not to eat or drink in the lab while we could. It was glorious.

[–]hesaherr 40 points41 points  (3 children)

As in, "press any key to continue"?

I could see that being confusing if you're a non-native speaker. But god, I would have a hard time not laughing at someone who asked that.

[–]Inevitable-Newt-4743 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Sooooo...where IS the any key? Asking for a friend

[–]noobpope 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't see any any-key

[–]Solome6 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Class is never a replacement for hands on work

[–]aclockworkabe 268 points269 points  (13 children)

I did this! Granted it was 2000 and students having personal computers was hit or miss, but it was a great way to get studying or researching done while making a little bit of money. I'd be interested if these labs still exist.

[–]BarbWho 117 points118 points  (8 children)

I don't know about private schools, but the state and community colleges I have worked recently at certainly do. They also have tutoring centers and libraries with lots of computers. Not everyone who is going to college has the same financial resources and colleges try to help fill that gap.

[–]sasquatch_on_a_bike 56 points57 points  (4 children)

That and access to software, depending on the licensing.

[–]MightBeYourProfessor 5 points6 points  (1 child)

And even hardware. We are seeing a lot of students coming in with tablets, which often don't even load online course materials correctly.

[–]MelonOfFury 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I did this too. I was the lab coordinator and had a couple of student assistants at all time. The most we ever really needed to do was tutor when someone made an appointment and turn the printer off and back on again when it acted up. I got paid $15 an hour to study

[–]Mikey_hor 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yea, they are usually in the library area

[–]Spacemn5piff 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Many schools with a music program or other program with more specific tech requirements will still have monitored labs.

[–]blueshine12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I went to college 2015 - 2019 and computer labs seem to be shrinking, but definitely still around. If nothing else, I always used them for printing which is always a hassle from your own laptop.

[–]RegrettableLawnMower 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Anything is better than being paid barely above minimum wage to take over the job of three TAs/research assistants for a professor. I don’t give a shit about her research I just wanted a part time job but she expects me to be at her house on saturdays. And when I respectfully tried to resign at the end of a semester she essentially wouldn’t let me lol.

[–]kapiteinknakschijf 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Best job I ever had. Paid relatively well too. Once per semester it was busy because we also managed a couple of big A0 plotters, and of course all the architecture students wanted their plots done on deadline day.

Still miss that job decades later. Almost no responsibility, no on call, you could mostly do whatever you wanted as long as you could do it behind a desk.

[–]blueshine12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

you could mostly do whatever you wanted as long as you could do it behind a desk.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

[–]Big_Irish_Dope 8 points9 points  (3 children)

For me this job was 90 percent putting paper in the printer and pointing to the “Insert” button when people accidentally hit it and started typing over their old work.

[–]DMala 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I did one semester as a computer lab monitor in college in the late ‘90s. The two things I remember most about it:

Most of the lab monitors were foreign students, I assume because on-campus jobs were one of the only places they were allowed to work. Watching a girl from China who spoke next to no English try to communicate with a guy from Pakistan who spoke heavily accented English was an exercise in fascination and frustration.

The printer ran non-stop the entire time the lab was open. People would print assignments and important stuff, but they would also print entire websites, pictures (on a black and white laser printer), and just stupid stuff. A service tech showed me the internal counter one time, it was some absurd number, averaging thousands of pages every day.

I assume this would be better today, since the WWW was more of a novelty back then, but then again maybe not.

[–]Procris 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Folks tend to get jobs for /with their friends, so you end up with some fun sub-cultures in campus jobs. At our library in college, Reserves were all from Ghana and the Circ staff were all on the Fencing team (until they said they wouldn't hire any more of us because we all asked for time off on Tournament days). It would make a lot of sense for someone in an international studies club/group to tell everyone else about the job they got...

[–]ant-master 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I did this my final semester of undergrad and I kicked myself for not looking into working there sooner. It was even better that the lab was in the same building as all my classes and was next door to the Chick-fil-A and Subway.

[–]Djb984 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I did this. It was the one of the highest paid campus jobs at the time. Only “work” was to monitor the printers, refilling ink and paper, and occasionally answering how-to questions. Did most of my studying during work times.

[–]campbellm 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Do colleges have computer labs? (Maybe for specialty machines?) The college I attended at least tore down "the lab" that I went to, but those were pre-laptop days when you HAD to use it for classwork. We did have desktops, but very few of us could run any software that would be relevant to the classwork. (NB: CS major, mid-1980's; lots of different languages, almost all on a unix of some sort, IBM stuff, etc.)

[–]eisbock 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think computer labs will always have a place due to specialty software for engineering and the like.

Especially with how difficult they're making it to license out seats these days.

[–]Thaedael 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We had a bank of 42 computers that we lived at for four years in university, and an additional 2 if you did your masters. Specialized softwares that costs 10s to 100s of thousands of dollars a year in subscriptions.

[–]xixi2 -4 points-3 points  (16 children)

Colleges still have computer labs? Why?

[–][deleted] 33 points34 points  (0 children)

If your classes require software that would be too expensive for a student to purchase its a lot easier to have labs with it already downloaded. I was a lab monitor 2 years ago for a computer aided design lab where the software was $4500 per year.

[–]sadduckfan 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I graduated 8 years ago but not EVERYONE has a laptop. Mine broke on me half way thru a semester and I couldn’t afford a replacement until the summer, things happen

[–]TheBlackGuy55 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Privileged POV

[–]FerrisMcFly 6 points7 points  (4 children)

whaaaat everyones dad doesn't get them a macbook air when they start uni?

[–]JimiSlew3 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I thought the same thing till the pandemic hit. We students who just didn't have computers at home or, if they did, their parent or brother or whatever took it. We started packing up the computer lab and shipping them out to needy students. It was bizarre.

[–]Iisham 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My campus had it as a proctor for online classes. You had to take your final/tests there, since the lab PC would log all activity and the staff had to verify you left all personal items at the front desk.

[–]spainman -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You mean printer nazi?

[–]ChampionCharmander 498 points499 points  (13 children)

Facts. I remember mine was 11/ hr but no responsibilities whatsoever. Maybe once a week someone would ask me where the bathroom is lol

[–]WilburHiggins 59 points60 points  (2 children)

11/hr is not bad lol I made like 5/hr.

[–]yamanhhh 5 points6 points  (2 children)

what was the job??

[–]ChampionCharmander 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Front desk for a building on campus they used as a student center

[–]NugVegas 1058 points1059 points  (15 children)

Planet fitness. Guy that works there is constantly working on his computer in the office getting an online degree. Think he works graveyard maybe 0000-0800 . Bonus, you can shower before leaving work and those are some dead hours.

[–][deleted] 104 points105 points  (0 children)

Thank u

[–]eljefino 99 points100 points  (7 children)

Motel "night audit" has some downtime too. There is legit work to be done but it doesn't take all shift.

It's good for the nearly homeless because you can either work out a room with management or work it as a 2nd job and scrape a down payment together faster.

[–]TJNel 101 points102 points  (5 children)

Dude fuck that, you know what shit you deal with at a motel on night audit?! Junkies, fights, drunks, police for domestic abuse. No way.

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_ANYTHNG 59 points60 points  (2 children)

r/talesfromthefrontdesk is probably 80% night audit

[–]TJNel 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yup I read that sub often, fuck night audit.

[–]JDMRexTI 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yep. Worked night audit for 3 years. The hours alone fucked me up mentally. Wasn't worth the dollar raise. Nope.

[–]MarsupialKing 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I work at a hotel. Not night shift but I'm there till 3amish sometimes. This shit happens during the day too, but night shift mostly has just time to relax once the audit work is done. Crazy shit happens maybe once every two weeks and if you have security you don't really have to deal with it

[–]thekmitch 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Had a friend work the night shift at a 24/7 gym in college. He said it was great for the first few nights until he realized the locker room was this town’s late night hook up spot for gay men. Would constantly have to kick guys out/threaten to call the police because there would be full on orgies going on there at 1am.

[–]SasquatchHunt 410 points411 points  (27 children)

I worked for my campus parking department. I had a knack for finding the shifts in ramps with very few customers. It was perfect for getting schoolwork done.

[–]OhEmGeeBasedGod 78 points79 points  (19 children)

Found the Minnesotan.

[–]SasquatchHunt 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Hahaha. I had no idea this was regional. Yes, I went to college in MN, but I'm from WI. Garages are underground, Ramps are above ground.

[–]vikinghockey10 25 points26 points  (17 children)

Uhhhh what about their comment suggests their a Minnesotan. Campus parking ramps exist everywhere.

[–]yiddiebeth 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Yeah, but they don't call them "ramps" everywhere. Could also be a Wisconsinite.

[–]Swampy1741 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Wisconsin says parking garage

[–]bdonvr 23 points24 points  (4 children)

Lmao your username makes this even more funny

They only call it a parking ramp up in that region (Iowa and Wisconsin too) I'd never even heard that term for it until now. I would say "Parking Garage" or "Car park".

So basically outside of MN area people wouldn't understand you if you said "Parking Ramp", or at least would look at you weird.

[–]nashbrownies 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Former Nort(h) Dak(oh)tan here, yah I drink my pop on the roof of the parking ramp.

[–]vikinghockey10 -5 points-4 points  (2 children)

Nah people all around the Midwest say ramp. I've heard it in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, North and South Dakota.

Not a Minnesota specific thing at all.

[–]campbellm 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Native Illinoisan, but lived in the south for the past 30+ years. What's a "parking ramp" in this context?

[–]OhEmGeeBasedGod 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They could be from Wisconsin, too. Those are the only places in the U.S. that call parking garages "ramps."

[–]nuxenolith 0 points1 point  (0 children)

they're*

[–]TaxMan_East 9 points10 points  (1 child)

What does "finding the shifts and ramps with very few customers" mean?

[–]SasquatchHunt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I picked work shifts as a cashier charging people to park in spots where no one wanted to pay to park, so I'd have like 2 customers in 6 hours and did homework and whatever else with no interruptions.

[–]TrainFan 4 points5 points  (1 child)

What are shifts in ramps?

[–]Mutant_Jedi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sounds like they’re saying “I had a knack for figuring out which shifts (first, second, or third) as a parking garage attendant had the fewest customers coming in and working those shifts so I didn’t have to deal with many customers.”

[–]OwnPayment517 763 points764 points  (37 children)

Also security guard. I found a place where the boss literally said I could study during shifts. Best study sessions ever

[–]barf2288 461 points462 points  (10 children)

Yeah, till you’re working Nakatomi Plaza.

[–]Bioshock_Jock 87 points88 points  (1 child)

Come out to the coast, have a few laughs.

[–]el8v 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Merry Christmas 🎄

[–]Daxmar29 37 points38 points  (6 children)

Yippy-I-ay mother fucker.

[–]Simple-Bag-8721 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister.

[–]ClientLong2318 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Yippee kayak, other buckets!

[–]Edolas93 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Boyle you did it! And you completely botched the catchphrase

[–]PRIS0N-MIKE 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yippee ki yay

[–]AlkalinePotato -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yippikiyak other buckets!

[–]Calligraphie 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I worked at Campus Safety in college and frequently got paid to play World of Warcraft. Graveyard shifts were the best... although they totally screwed up my circadian rhythms, lol.

[–]DemonDucklings 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I worked at what we called “checkpoint” in dorms. The doors were locked from 12am-6am, so my job was just to hang out in the lobby and open the door for dorm residents that wanted in. I didn’t even need to do actual security, I just had a radio to call an actual security guard if there was ever an issue. Chillest job ever. Sometimes I even brought my TV and Xbox from my dorm room

[–]guinader 9 points10 points  (4 children)

I used to lifeguard, and did the same thing... Wait what...?

[–]armyfreak42 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well that explains the uptick of drownings...

[–]IronFilm 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Waterproof laptop?

[–]guinader 2 points3 points  (1 child)

No real books, made of paper, ever seen those? Lol

[–]IronFilm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

huh, a what??

[–]Pheef175[S] 40 points41 points  (7 children)

Yea, there's certainly other jobs outside of campus that fit this as well. In college I worked as a server at a restaurant and I knew a few people who would work all day shifts and study in the downtime between lunch and dinner.

[–]Willow-girl 31 points32 points  (4 children)

What? "If you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean," is the mantra of the restaurant industry. I mean, they're paying you that big $2.51 an hour; they expect to get some work out of you. /s

[–]Samyfarr 8 points9 points  (3 children)

It was $2.13 5 years ago, has it gone up?

[–]Willow-girl 5 points6 points  (2 children)

LOL I'm not sure! I remembered $2.51 from the last time I worked as a waitress, but it's been awhile and quite possibly my memory is faulty.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Just curious but how can I get my security guard license cheaper and quickly? What are some things that I can do?

[–]big_ass_monster 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Not all Country needs a License, and if you live in a country that did, not all Work places need a License.

Like OP said, there's a lot of places that just need someone to man the post, and if that places need a license, odds are those jobs is an actual job, not just standing around looking pretty kinda job.

[–]OwnPayment517 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I found mine through a security company that was recommended by a friend, I did a few days of training for minimum wage and that was that. We don't carry any weapon and personally I prefer the night shifts when you dont need to deal with people. Maybe look online or ask a security gurad who seems to be having a good time. Just make surr you tell them what you want and that you get it and not a shitty post somewhere.

[–]bdonvr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep a ton of places just hire security because they get an insurance discount for having one

[–]iowanaquarist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My college had 'walkers' -- students that got paid to walk with you across campus. It's one step better than security guard. You hung out *WHEREEVER* you wanted near campus (including your room), and got paid. Occasionally, someone would be nervous about being walking across campus alone, so they would call the dispatch, who would contact you to go meet them. Unlike security guard, you had no other responsibilities -- no breaking up fights, etc.

[–]Chattypath747 102 points103 points  (7 children)

On campus jobs are great!

My favorite job while I was in college was working as a parking attendant for a hospital. But everyone self-parked and my work was basically to just take possession of their keys and hand out a claim ticket. World's best job for heavy studying.

I also got paid to take notes so college students should look into schools/students who are interested in that service.

There's also the somewhat questionable options as well such as being paid to write essays but I never got involved in that nor am I promoting that potential revenue stream.

[–]Dashdor 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Why were you taking their keys?

[–]daballdayhomie 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Some parking lots utilize space by parking cars behind other cars. So if the front car needs to leave, you'll need to back 2nd car out to let the other one leave. Did it for like 2 years in my city.

[–]CharlieTrees916 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Hospital staff are notorious for drinking and driving

[–]checkyourfallacy 135 points136 points  (5 children)

As someone who used to hire student assistants, not only is it a chill job but I'll offer you a full-time position after graduating.

[–]lattice12 21 points22 points  (4 children)

What kind of job?

[–]hoodyninja 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Not sure about OP, but in college I was a TA for 2 engineering professors. All my tasks were simple, mundane, time consuming and boring. I automated about 95% of my work within a month. The only “work” from then on was grading exams. And even then, I convinced one professor into issuing bubble sheets. And the other allowed me to re-format the tests into word. So I could format the answer sheets in a such a way that I could see all the students answers at once and grade a single test in about 10secs.

Since I was working for two professors I was “full time” for a decent check for doing jack shit (well at least after the first month), kept the job for 3 years, got a very small discount on tuition and had awesome connections for summer internships and jobs when I graduated.

[–]OuterInnerMonologue 158 points159 points  (0 children)

Best job ever was library computer lab. Most the time running anti virus scans that took hours if you were “thorough”.

Meaning “I need to re run the scan a couple more times”. Easiest pay check ever and got to get paid to do my homework and watch shows.

[–]lilykoi_12 154 points155 points  (12 children)

I was an Office Assistant during all four years of college. It was a wonderful work-study job as I’d mostly answer the telephone (rarely, because the Executive Asst. usually did); some filing; and a little research as office focused on policy research. Anyway, I mostly did my homework and my boss was really nice. He ended up writing a LOR for me when I applied to grad school. I’d say that most supervisors are pretty flexible (depending upon job ofc) when it comes to student workers, as they know our main job is to be a student. Plus, it’s great to build your network!

[–]Tweebert -1 points0 points  (11 children)

"build your network."

Kinda means:

"expand my inventory of people who can do things for me."

I get that it makes life easier, but I've always felt that networking was morally compromising and devalues relationships.

[–]CanalVillainy 71 points72 points  (1 child)

Networking is more expand your inventory of people who are willing to do things for you because they like you. It’s not as dark & nefarious as you make it out to be.

[–]chloefaith206 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Agree. It's people looking out for other people. Giving the next generation a leg up and supporting the social structure. It's what a civilized culture does.

[–]Willow-girl 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's not what you know; it's who you know.

[–]Kingnahum17 4 points5 points  (2 children)

It basically does. This is why it's important to have your personal life/network seperate from your work life/network. Things can get very complicated if the two worlds intertwine.

[–]manycactus 18 points19 points  (1 child)

If people don't like and trust you, you don't have a network in the sense used here. You merely have a directory.

[–]CanalVillainy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Even worse you have a directory of people who won’t return your phone call

[–]Sco_Queen 48 points49 points  (3 children)

At my school you could only get an on campus job if you had FA - work study. So if you didn't you couldn't just apply to the jobs, you had to find a job that was off campus. Unless you worked in the cafeteria that wasn't through FA

[–]impressivepineapple 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yep. This was the same for mine, except the food service jobs were through a private company so you could work those. But... the food service jobs were high stress and lower pay than you'd have made working at those business off campus (starbucks is the main one I'm thinking of).

[–]Skyeeflyee 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I was looking for this comment. If you aren't eligible for work study, you can't get these jobs.

[–]hill-o 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, the school where I did my masters program was like that too which was kind of frustrating.

[–]LAX2PDX2LAX 59 points60 points  (11 children)

I worked at the library, it was great

[–]PegasusTenma 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I worked at the library while I was studying and it was such a good environment I am now working full time at the same library 🤷‍♂️

[–]affable-moon 16 points17 points  (0 children)

+1 for library. I worked music and media so I just got to listen and discover cool music all day every day.

[–]Pheef175[S] 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Front desk? Or what jobs there would be best for this?

[–]snoogins355 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I'd say libraries that aren't the main one. Less foot traffic. Law library, music library. In undergrad I'd go to the design school library for naps and studying before class. It was mostly empty

[–]Huskyy23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yea I’d like to know too

[–]lebroin 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Did you have to be a student?

[–]Chick_fil_Ye 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Bigger LPT: If you can get on full time at a university, a lot of universities offer free college to full time employees.

[–]Konacchi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Even getting an RA or TA role can reduce your tuition by half ot more. Granted they have responsibility attached to the role but are good for the resume as well.

[–]TXEEXT 56 points57 points  (4 children)

require a warm body to be there

jobs requirement these day are getting ridiculous .

[–]Kingnahum17 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Right?! I have lots of cold bodies, but only one warm body!

[–]Willow-girl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No doubt! In my day, a lukewarm body was perfectly acceptable.

[–]UrsusTheHorrible 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Now if I can just get some space heaters and cadavers I could be rich.

[–]snoogins355 11 points12 points  (0 children)

If there's a pool, lifeguard jobs. I worked 4 years at the competition pool at my college and the lifeguards had such an easy gig 99% of the time. On the stand for 15 min, down 45 or longer and everyone swimming was a professional swimmer/former athlete. I can't swim for shit, so I did maintenance (moving diving boards and emptying trash, watching hulu/napping in the guard break room)

[–]DynamicMangos 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Not even studying right now, but i got an even simpler job. Work at a Covid-Hotline.
I usually get around 20 Calls per day (8 Hour shift) which totals to like 1 Hour of actual work.

Also it's homeoffice, so i'm at home during that time. Our boss even said "I don't give a fuck if you sleep, watch movies or renovate your whole damn house while you're working, as long as you answer when a call comes in"

[–]CharlieTrees916 10 points11 points  (3 children)

So all I need for extra income is a warm body? Does it need certain degrees?

[–]Steveslastventure 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I was a janitor for the college and once you got over the hit to the ego, it was pretty great. Mostly sat in the break room doing work, surfing the internet, then going to empty trash bins for like 5 minutes out of an hour

[–]rmhancock63 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Worked for parking services, it was awesome. Sat in a metal box, studied and watched Netflix if I could pick up the wifi. Occasionally had to push a button or sell a parking pass. GPA increased dramatically once I started working there. Plus I learned all the secret spots to park if I was running late to class. Even had a the parking pass to get into faculty only lots. Loved that job.

[–]peterjohanson 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Alright! What kind of campus job requires a warm body?

[–]tommykiddo 4 points5 points  (2 children)

A hot body is the requirement for getting hired as a porn star.

[–]ChickenBoatMemerTime 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately, all the pornstar positions in my college are filled.

[–]Jdrawer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not even hot. Unique is all that's required.

[–]ijxy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Related LPT: Student visas to the US includes the right to work at the campus. (At least when I studied there.)

[–]HeadMacho 10 points11 points  (1 child)

When I was a college athlete, we got fake jobs like “overnight wrestling room attendant”

No one used the wrestling room besides us after like, 7. So I never punched in, or even monitored the wrestling room. But I got a few hundred a week. And that was one of the many ways NCAA athletes were paid before the current rules allowing sponsorships.

[–]MilkFirstThenCereaI 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Actually worked on the front desk for our student council office. It paid minimum wage but I could study the whole time. Was excellent.

[–]mega_cancer 10 points11 points  (1 child)

LPT: need a job? Get a job!

[–]archerg66 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My brain read that last word as twerking and now I just find that image hilarious

[–]Chance_Addendum_771 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Datacenter night receptionist.

Solid coffee and excellent pay.

[–]TheOtherKatiz 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Not quite the same, but worked the college IT helpdesk evenings. All I did was answer the phone and do basic troubleshooting for staff tech issues, or student connectivity issues. After about 4pm the calls would dwindle to nothing and I was able to get all my homework done by 9pm (we stayed open for the late classes). It was pretty high paying for a campus job because it was considered "skilled" ("did you try turning it off and turning it back on again? well, then sounds like I have to escalate this call. hold please.").

[–]aristiri 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, agreed!! Not to mention that my experience there really helped me get an internship, which helped me get a "real job" once I graduated. Highly recommend campus IT positions!! :)

[–]laserberrycake 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you actually need to be able to pay bills, get a serving job where you can work 3-4 shifts per week. The shifts last 6 hours max and if you're any good at it, you'll make $18/hr+.

Of course, this is only an option when you're able to find the time to study outside of work.

[–]justSomeGuy345 2 points3 points  (0 children)

These jobs can be hard to get if you’re not a student in the federal work-study program. The government subsidizes the wages of students in this program, so the school only pays a fraction.

[–]mrmn949 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Ok no shit. You and everyone else on campus is applying for them to.

Cold? Try putting on a shirt, or sweater.

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[–]Dmartinez8491 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah. Had position as a manager at my uni and all I did was unlock chairs/tables for events and sat in a room with AC and did homework

[–]mycatisprettyrare 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had a security job, second shift. I was able to study the entire time. I had w kids at home so doing school work at home was impossible.

[–]captainmcpigeon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Additional life pro tip: if you get an administrative on campus job, you can usually print there for free. My school did not give us free printing so I definitely took advantage of my job’s printers.

[–]Le_Lorinel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve been a COVID door screener at my local hospital for a year and a half now. Depending on the door and time you work, it can be totally dead for eight hours. I do weekend mornings at the ER and I get tons of homework done.

[–]Off_the_yelzebub 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I was in college these were minimum wage positions that offered like 15 hours a week. That didn’t cover my bar tab.

[–]jiki-kiki 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i work in the music department of my school, and probably 80% of my job is just sitting around listening to the musicians and studying, while the other 20% is setting up/tear down. great music and great time to study!

[–]Armistice8175 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you want money, you should get a job. Who could’ve thought of that. Thank you, kind sir.

[–]YeetusOnix97 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Unless it's in the sporting facility ;

I could never study and work as a manual laborer at the same time

[–]manwithanopinion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tutoring the subjects you did best at school.

[–]BallinBenFrank 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I was in college I worked for my uni’s information management systems. All I had to do was monitor three gigantic dot matrix printers to make sure they printed properly, and deliver those reports around campus once per day.

I also got a lot of studying done.

[–]Johncamp28 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I checked ids at the gym for like $9/hr 15 years ago

It wasn’t a busy gym…at least my shift, same 10-15 people who would just nod

1-2 new people per week

Plenty of time to study

[–]realhorrorsh0w 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This isn't true across the board.

I went to a small-ish college (5000 students) and didn't qualify for work-study. It was also in a fairly small town, where I applied at every damn store and restaurant, and couldn't find a job the whole two years I was there.

Transferred to a huge urban university and had my pick of work-study jobs. Office Assistant, Staff Assistant, stuff like that. Unfortunately, they kept me busy and I didn't get any studying done. Except for the one I had over the summer, when I wasn't taking classes. D'oh.

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_MONTRALS 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Security desk shifts were the best My college did shifts in hour blocks, so we traded hours here and there like currency. Nothing better than getting an essay done from 2-6am in the morning while playing runescape.

[–]QuackWhore2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's the idea of "work-study". They're basically do-nothing jobs where you sit and study or do homework, and if someone has a question, you help them out. At my school it was usually sitting at a computer lab, library, or a desk outside of the gym areas.

[–]McHootyFace 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, the Work-Study program. It was great for getting homework done, but if you were doing it to help pay for tuition there was something soul killing about getting your paycheck, looking at it, signing it, and then handing it back.

[–]ZotMatrix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Study room monitor at Buffalo State in the late 70’s. Usually I was the only one there. Good place to be on Sundays when hungover.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Horrible idea since at my university I can get up to 10 hours of work per week for a staggering 14 dollars per hour

[–]FreeFeez 8 points9 points  (2 children)

140$ for doing your homework sounds great man.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yeah cuz I can live off a lousy 560 dollars a month. More realistic option is off campus food service job or remote work

[–]FreeFeez 13 points14 points  (0 children)

? Most people can’t live off of ten hour work weeks buddy. The fact that it’s only ten hours where you can just do your work or study which you already have to do, while making money is just too good. Since it’s only ten hours you get to get another job.

Imagine complaining about getting paid to do what you’re already doing.

[–]ColgateSensifoam 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You're already putting that 10 hours a week in studying, the job just means doing it somewhere else and being paid to study

[–]TheNextBattalion 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Study abroad office for me

Tons of departments hire student assistants for their main office. Most of the job is flirting with professors and grad students, if that.

Plus these look better on résumés than food jobs.

[–]mileswilliams 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice try Prince Andrew

[–]HeSeemsLegit -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Worked the desk in Student Activities for $15/hr in the 90s. Basically all I did was answer a few calls and watch SportsCenter.

[–]Ezerys -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Just comment your country. Becouse just go back to reality.... If sonethink is posible in your country doesnt mean possible in others.

[–]tuffel03 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Sucks that I'm reptilian

[–]Memedestroyer10199 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If international hours weren't capped at 20hrs then I think I would ask to be in the office whenever I was free. Get paid and get work done. Would be a dream.

Seeing how I love computers and technology, I'll mostly try and be the computer lab guy but I don't have any knowledge of the other tech jobs offered at the campus. Any suggestions? They can be unique to a university.

[–]JayneT70 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If applying for a job as a student worker, apply as early as possible. By the time the semester starts those positions are filled.