The benefits of a tutoring job often go beyond those of a typical part-time gig.
How many times have you dreaded working at your part-time job? All waiters and retail-store clerks have endured moments that have left them feeling, “I am better than this!” There can be days of levity at your part-time job, but ultimately you’re left wanting work that is more fulfilling than folding clothes or serving up appetizers.
Fortunately, retail, restaurants and all else related are not the only options for college students. They are the most mainstream options, which is why students tend to gravitate toward them, but there is another opportunity that gets overlooked far too often, and that is tutoring.
Taking on tutoring as a part-time job comes with several benefits that fall right along the lines of what most students are looking for. Students may not immediately recognize those benefits, but with closer examination, you’ll find that this opportunity will give you all the right perks.
Be relieved from a retail job’s weekly schedules. Tutoring allows for significantly easier schedule creations since it is just about you and your clients. Based on each other’s availability, you and your various students can closely work together to establish session times that work for everyone. Additionally, you’ll know exactly how many hours you’re working each session, avoiding last-minute overtime calls by a boss. Although a good number of part-time jobs list an ending time for shifts, we all know there is always the possibility of side work, nit-picky customers and meticulous managers getting in the way of you leaving at your designated time. A tutoring session typically lasts for no more than two hours, and more importantly, those hours are strictly followed to a timely tee. As a tutor, your work schedule depends on the personal preferences agreed upon between you and your clients. Concerns about getting scheduled when you are going out of town or being kept until the very last minute before your class starts will no longer inconvenience you.
Impressive listing for the resume
Unlike waiting tables or working the cash register, tutoring is academic in nature. Acquiring a position that relates to your academic studies will give you a great advantage over your peers when it comes time to apply for internships and other professional opportunities. This is not to say typical part-time jobs do not give you useful skills that you can rightfully parade on your resume and in your interviews. But tutoring conveys much more professionalism. It shows that you are educationally driven and able to work with people comfortably and successfully regarding important matters. All of these are fantastic qualifications that are avidly searched for in the workforce, and additionally, they will leave you highly respected. As long as you need a part-time job, you might as well take the opportunity that gives you this professionally appealing edge.
Emotional and intellectual fulfillment
When tutoring someone, you’re not just showing up and getting a series of tasks done — you’re making a difference in a student’s life. Rather than catering to the needs of a bunch of customers who don’t necessarily appreciate the work you are doing, you are helping someone who actually wants to be helped. Performing a job like this gives you a sense of gratification that will warmly get you through your day, and certainly through your shift. You are in fact creating a relationship with someone and being a figure her or she can look to for guidance. Moreover, this role requires you to remain highly knowledgeable and academically inclined, so you’ll have extra reason and motivation to be learned and studious in college. Feeding and energizing your brain regularly and thoroughly like that will truly keep you intellectually and mentally stimulated. The more and more you do it, the more likely you are to find yourself feeling very proud, confident and fulfilled. Combine that with the fact that you’re paving the road for someone else to get that same kind of fulfillment, and you’ve got a job that benefits everyone involved.
The salary you make as a tutor will most likely be higher than the hourly wage you receive from other part-time jobs. Teaching is no easy task, and the customers and companies respect that. Some customers have different expectations and some companies have different standards, but all will recognize the respectable, hard work you are doing as well as the impact you are making on the respective students’ futures — ultimately leading to bigger, and well-deserved, paychecks for you.
It takes responsibility, hard work and patience to be a tutor, so be prepared for those elements if you decide to take it on. It may not be easy, but if you genuinely commit and dedicate yourself, you’ll find many rewards.
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