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Salary can only go so far, and some employers have a lot more to offer. Here are some job perks for part time students that go beyond your paycheque.
Looking for some extra money to help finance your post-secondary education? Need a little extra gas money to fill up the car? Students everywhere are combing the classifieds for the best part-time gig. However, most stop their search at the highest “per-hour” rate they find. Here are a few tips on how to look past the obvious (salary) and make the most of your side gigs.
For college or university students, this is a no-brainer. Working somewhere that offers partial or full tuition reimbursement can be a way out of massive student loan debt. Starbucks Canada is a notable example of a “student-friendly” employer. According to their website, Starbucks Canada will “help reduce out-of-pocket expenses, inclusive of textbooks and tuition regardless of where you are in your career or academic journey”.
If you’re more “lathe” than “latte”, Home Depot Canada has a tuition reimbursement program as well. It covers a wide range of secondary degree options and even certifications in IT and language proficiency.
As well, Fedex Ground Canada offers tuition reimbursement along with paid time off and holiday pay.
As student, you juggle full days of school, athletics, after-school clubs and the occasional chance to study. Having a flexible work schedule is a must. Companies like Care.com and Rover.com are great ways to make some money while setting your own hours. Care.com allows babysitters, nannies, and even housekeepers to match with a family who meets their needs.
Do you prefer paws to diapers? Rover.com connects the best dog walkers, sitters, and boarders with canine companions. Best of all, you set your schedule and your rate.
Anyone over the age of 21 with a new-ish 4-door vehicle can drive for ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft. Flexible hours are a huge benefit. If you’re already known as a great designated driver, why not earn some money for it?
If you get creative and take time to look at the whole picture, some employers have perks that outweigh a good “per-hour” pay. Now, go read over your resume and get hired!