8 Ways For Students To Get Paid During Holiday Break

Having a job can be tough when classes are in session. Between school, homework, projects and extracurricular activities most students hardly have time to fit in meals, let alone get a job. One great way to make some quick extra cash is to get a job during your holiday break.

Finding a job with only a three or four week duration can be tough, but there are definitely a few ways to make some cash during the holiday season.

1. Retail

Christmas is typically the busiest season for retail shops, and lots of retail stores look for seasonal help to get them effectively through their busiest season. Large retail establishments like Costco, Wal-Mart, Target or Macy’s often hire people for a few weeks to help out during the busy holiday season.

2. Package Delivery

Essentially the same applies for package delivery establishments. Companies like FedEx have significantly more packages to ship during the holiday season. From package handlers to ground delivery these companies are very busy during the holiday season and tend to seek out extra help.

3. On Campus

While classes may not be in session, the administrative offices, mailrooms and cafes on campus typically stay open. For some on campus employment you could keep the job on campus if you have one already, or see if you can fill in for student workers who are choosing to go home for the holidays. This is especially convenient if you are close enough to commute from your holiday festivities to your campus.

4. Babysitting

With Holiday outings, office parties and date nights parents of  young children are in need of extra babysitters around the holidays. This is especially true once elementary school and junior high school students are on their winter breaks. You could offer your neighbors, parents’ co-workers or family friends babysitting services to make some quick cash over the holiday break.

5. Internships

This one does require some planning ahead, but there are a lot of companies out there which offer internships over holiday breaks or internships that start during your winter break and go into the next semester. Even some of the corporate offices for busy retail companies will be looking for extra help in the form of an intern.

6. Hospitality/Food Service

Just as in retail, hospitality and food service establishments see an increase in clientele as well. Restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and catering companies will need extra help preparing for large holiday events and parties.

7. Temp Agencies

Most larger cities and towns have temporary hiring agencies that hire positions that need to be filed for a day or a few. These positions can be anything from secretarial positions to manual labor depending on your qualifications. A local agency might be best as it would have particular connections with the companies in your area.

8. Summer Employers

Get in contact with previous employers. If you had a job over the summer or while you were in high school, see if those employers are looking for some extra hands to help out around the holiday season.

If all else fails, volunteer! Volunteering is a great addition to your resumé, especially if it is something that relates to your field of study. Any experience is good experience.

If you are not looking for a way to cushion your bank account during your break there are plenty of other productive things you can do! Winter break is the perfect time to start researching and applying for internships. You can also start getting textbooks for your next semester.

In addition to all of this make time to relax and spend time with family and friends. Breaks go by quickly, so enjoy while you can!

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Amber Bray

Amber Bray

Amber Bray is a senior at North Central College studying journalism and graphic design. Apart from her classes Amber writes a relationship advice column, along with other pieces, for the North Central Chronicle. She also writes and designs for North Central’s online magazine, The Viewfinder. Amber is a trivia fanatic and in her free time she enjoys board games, reading and writing fiction, and spending time with friends and family.