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Let’s face it – we all know how expensive university is, and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. If you’re one of the many students who wonder how you’ll afford everything, you likely need a part-time job.
I worked as a server for the last three years of my university life. It was hectic, fun, busy, stressful, entertaining, and completely worth my time. However, I struggled to balance work, life, and school, which is not an easy thing to do.
If you’re looking at a job while at university, start at your school first. Many universities have positions available that are strictly meant for students. Some are actually pretty cool, and will give you a decent paycheque.
After some searching, I found six student jobs at the University of Toronto that I think are worth your attention.
If you’re interested in Anthropology or pursuing a degree in it, then this job posting is for you. You could be a teaching assistant to help out the professor of the class. You would not only assist when needed, but mark assignments and exams, consult with students and professor, and conduct tutorials for the course.
Being a teacher assistant not enough for you? Why not take on a whole class yourself? The Psychology Department has a course instructor opening for their Human Memory class. You would be in total control of the class, including lecturing, counselling students, setting the final exam, and grading all assignments and tests.
The University of Toronto has the Work Study Program, which over 3,500 students access each year. This program helps provide real-life work experience with integrated learning. It is paid, on-campus work experience that gives the student invaluable skills, and allows them to explore the different options available to turn into career opportunities. Plus, you get paid.
For those who are currently enrolled in the University of Toronto, visit the Student Career Centre’s website. Since I’m not a student there, I can’t access the website, but I’m sure there is something good in there that’s worth taking a look at.
Okay, maybe I’m a bit biased with this one, but wouldn’t it be cool to instructor a course on writing skills? You would be in charge of creating the syllabus, only have to teach six hours a week, grade assignments, and set up a schedule for academic counselling.
Just the name of this class sounds cool enough to grab anyone’s attention. I would join university again to take this class. You, though, have the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for it. Your duties wouldn’t be strenuous, simply having to be around for demonstrating and marking labs, and supervising the exams.
Did you have an on-campus job while going to university? I’m curious to hear what other students did to help pay the bills and keep their academics going.
The University of Toronto has a massive list of teaching assistant and course instructors available. Take a look through them, and you may find one that is perfect for you.
Kailey graduated with a degree in Journalism and Religious Studies from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. Now she lives a double life in Manitoba – writer by day and dance teacher by night. When she’s not at her computer, you’ll find her curled up with a glass of red wine and knitting, or obsessively taking photos of her puppy.🐶🐾
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