Why tutoring is a great part-time job for highschoolers and college studentsJuly 23rd, 2015
Tutoring can be a great way for high school and college students to enter the workforce. Not only does teaching others build relationships and provide help to those who need it, but it also reinforces the material that the tutor is teaching. There is a saying that goes along the lines of ”You don’t fully understand something unless you can teach it.” This is definitely true in the case of tutors whose learning is reinforced with each lesson. Here are some reasons you might consider if you are thinking about becoming a tutor:
<b> The Pay</b>
In addition, tutoring can be a financially rewarding job or gig for part time students. Depending on your experience level, the subject matter, and the difficulty of the subject, tutors can earn decent money while teaching a subject they love. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, teaching is no easy task and every person learns differently so you have to adapt to each person’s learning style and ability. For example, if you love chemistry and love teaching it, be my guest. Create an account on www.flipgigs.com and look for people who need your help. However, be prepared to encounter people who may not share your passion for the subject and need help just to pass the class.
<b> The Flexibility</b>
Tutors are lucky enough to set their own schedules. Maybe after school or lecture works best for you. Choose the time that best fits your schedule. Of course, plan your time wisely since even you have homework to finish and exams to prepare for. Unlike a regular job you are your own boss which means that the hours you work are determined between you and your clients. You can be as hard or lazy worker as you want, but your success depends on how much effort you put into finding and maintaining clients as well as the quality of your teaching.
<b> Impressive listing for the resume</b>
There aren’t too many resumes floating around that have “Tutor” written on them so having this experience helps distinguish you from other job seekers. This can give you an edge when applying for high-level internships and jobs because it shows that you are educationally driven and able to work with others successfully and achieve goals. What more can an employer ask for?
So if you’re still deciding if you want to be a tutor, first find the subject that you excel in. Check out www.flipgigs.com and ask the tutors there how they like it. They can provide you with tips and tricks to make you the smartest kid on the block.
Written by Henry Spivey for Flipgigs.
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Student Loans. Demystified.December 6th, 2014
As thousands of students around the world make their way back to college, many of them are experience first-hand the notion of being in debt. According to the chart from Sallie Mae, a leading student loan lender, Student Borrowing accounted for 18% of financing for college. In addition, another takeaway is that Student Income and Savings accounted for 12%. This means that on average, students footed 30% of their college bill.
Student loans can be a way to pay for higher education. In other words, students are making an investment in their future. However, the loan documents can be confusing and choosing the right loan is difficult. This page is designed to help students and parents understand the basics of student loans and provide additional resources.
To get a student loan, you will need to start off by first filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is imperative that you fill this out because the Federal Government provides grants and scholarships to those who qualify. To fill out the FAFSA you will need a copy of your last year’s income tax return. Here is a list of Federal Grants that you can apply for.
Grants and scholarships are essentially gifts to you to pay for your education and you do not have to pay them back. Yet grants and scholarships do not always pay for the entire cost of attending college. So that you’re prepared, I want to introduce you to the most common student loans. They include:
- Perkins Loans
These loans are available to all students: part-time, full-time, graduate, and undergraduate. Highlights of a Perkins loan include: low interest rate, deferred payments, and no prepayment penalty. Depending on your status, undergraduates can get up to $20,000 over their undergraduate years while graduate students can get up to $40,000 of over their graduate years.
2. Stafford Loans
Like the Perkins Loans, these loans are available to all students. Highlights of this loan include: flexible repayment options, fixed interest rate (6.8%), and the interest can be subsidized if you demonstrate need. The loan limit ranges from $2000-$20000.
3. PLUS Loan
Lastly, the most popular form of a loan is the PLUS Loan. These are unique because students can get large amounts depending on the cost of attendance. Careful! This type of loan can only be taken out by parents, so they will need to pass a credit check. Unlike the other loans, interest is higher at 8.5% and is not subsidized. Also, repayment begins 60 days after the loan is made.
As you may have noticed, loans come in a variety of forms and can be a way to finance the cost of college. The best way to get more information about college funding is to meet with a financial aid advisor at your college. They will be able to provide you information about scholarships available your college and other types of financing. If you’re still seeking more information about federal funding, please visit these two sites:
- The Department of Education’s loan page (where you can view the Student Guide)
- The Federal Student Aid Direct Loans site
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Resumes are like houses. Here’s why I believe it.August 21st, 2014
When you first look for a job, you probably start looking on www.flipgigs.com. Then, all of a sudden you realize, “Wait! I don’t even have a resume! What are those again?” People usually think of a resume as a fancy piece of paper with your education, experience, and skills on it. Yet, there is more to a resume; it is a document that speaks to a potential employer. Just like you want your house to scream “Buy me! Buy me!” to potential buyers, you want your resume to scream “Hire me! Hire me!” In fact in many ways, a resume is like building a house; you have to follow certain steps to make sure you are left with a beautiful end product.
Step 1: Design
Before every house is built, architects come together to brainstorm what the finished house will look like. If you are a job seeker, you need to brainstorm as well, but in a different way. Start off by asking yourself these questions:
- What is my career goal?
- Have I received any kind of special award?
- Where have I gone to school?
- What other jobs have I had?
- What skills do I have?
The list is endless. Employers love to see candidates who bring something new to the table. Your focus at this stage is to brainstorm what content to include on your resume.
Step 2: Foundation
After the architects agree on a design, construction of the house begins with laying the foundation. For a resume the most important part is your education. Stating your education first shows a potential employer what your interests and how you can fit into the workplace.
Step 3: Walls
The next step in construction is building the walls. Valuable experience such as internships, a long history of work experience, and volunteer activities can help build up your resume. Haven’t found a part-time jobs or internship yet? No worries! Start by looking on www.flipgigs.com! If you have tons of extracurricular activities and can’t decide which to use, I suggest adding the top 5. Remember that you need to provide a short description of specifically what you did and its importance. You want to show the potential employer that you did something useful and beneficial.
Step 4: Roof
No house is complete without a roof. To cap off your resume, polish it off by stating your skills. Skills? From your brainstorming session, add in the skills that you are good at. Maybe you are a good artist? In the skills section write that you possess a fantastic artistic ability. Support this by including your portfolio and any awards you have won.
Step 5: Decorate!
Walls? Check. Roof? Check. Floor? Check. Time to paint! The last step in building a resume is to make it look professional. This means choosing the right font, placement of your different sections, type of paper, etc. At the top of your resume add your name is large, bold text. You want your employers to associate your name with your face. Then add your contact information below your name. Here are a few words about email addresses: Make sure it is appropriate. Would you want the potential employer to remember you as the person who has great skills or the guy who uses firstname.lastname@example.org? Create a new one if you have to. Then add your career goal, then education, then experience, then skills. Use Times New Roman font as it is a clean and professional font. If you need a visual representation, check this out: http://bit.ly/15bjvsJ
Remember! First impression mean a big deal in the job market, so when it comes time to introduce yourself the employer, greet them with a smile, give them a firm handshake, look them in the eye and tell them why you would make a great employee.
Written for Flipgigs by Henry Spivey
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How to Stay Sane While in SchoolAugust 6th, 2013
Here are some tips to keep you sane during the school year ahead!Don’t let the bed bugs bite! When you first move in, make sure everything is up to your standards. This should be taken seriously because you will have a miserable year if you don’t like your room-mate, the walls have holes in them, or your bed has bed bugs! Take the first few moments to take it all in and make sure you’re comfortable.
Relax! Dedicate some time out of every day to relax. I prefer right after my last class to come back to the dorm and do nothing Of course, that doesn’t last forever so 20 minutes is usually good. That’s enough to watch an episode of your favorite TV show or get a snack or socialize a bit.
Eat well! The college cafeteria is loaded with things you would probably reserve for a rat. Ewww! The chefs are focused on quantity, not quality. Keep your diet healthy, although I would recommend trying something new each week. Having the same old stuff every week will get boring :/
Get to know others! It has been proven, although I can’t find the study, that students who get to know their professors perform better relative to their peers. Like a subject that isn’t exactly your major? That’s OK because professors enjoy hearing other students’ passion for a subject. Other than getting to know your professors, making friends and connections will help you while in school and beyond.
Stay organized! College is all about time management. With so many distractions it can be hard for students to stay organized. Getting behind on an assignment can mean pass or fail. Don’t panic, however. Keeping a to-do list and a calendar will help big time! Most of all stick to your schedule (or at least try to!)
Find a job on Flipgigs! Walking around your university will get boring after a while. Explore your surrounding city and find a gig in a local store. Check out Flipgigs to see who is hiring in your area. Employers post the gigs they need filled and people can reach out to them by stating their skills, what they’re looking for and find a job! Plus getting a job builds a resume by providing experience and, most importantly, cash!
Written by Henry Spivey for Flipgigs
Top 5 Best Jobs for StudentsMarch 4th, 2013
Looking for a job this year? Do you happen to be a student? This is the right article for you then! The following 10 jobs are great choices for students because they will look good on a résumé, work around class schedules, and offer decent pay. Here are some of the best jobs that you can get as a student…
1. Social Media- With the up and rising social media websites, many companies (especially start ups) are looking for people to run their social media websites, add content, and update the website. Many start up companies like the idea of having students work for them as social media consultants. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, are just some of the many social media websites that companies may want you to update on a regular basis. Getting to know these websites will enable you to assist other companies…and get paid in the process.
2. Paid Internships- Not your typical part-time job. Try to find a paid internship in the field that you would like to work at one day. The benefits are that you can gain more skills for your resume while still getting paid for it! Get paid to learn! If you show good working skills at the time of your internship you may even be able to get promoted up to a real job at that company! Some businesses that offer paid internships are: Flipgigs, EA Games, and more! Check your local companies to see if they offer paid internships!
3. Virtual/On Site Tutor- Never leave the room and make money! Or help people in your community/ school! You can help other people to know the subjects that you are best at…and get paid for it! It will also sharpen your own skills in the subject. You cannot go wrong as a virtual or on-site tutor. You can sign up to find people that on-site tutor in your area at Flipgigs or a virtual tutor at Champion Learning or Academic Advantage.
4. Babysitting/Petsitting- If you know lots of parents with a lot of kids or pets, than babysitting and petsitting might be the job for you. This is a great way to earn money up front. It is often known as one of the “go-to” ways to earn money as a student, but it really works! Babysitting can be as limited as just watching the children to as extensive as making meals and cleaning up the house. Make sure that you know what you are signing up for. Are you a parent looking for a babysitter? Check out our other blog post that deals with that subject! Click here to find a Good Babysitter for Your Children. Parents can also sign up at Flipgigs to search for students to hire for the babysitting gig.
5. Campus Positions- High Schools sometimes offer small forms of work for students. If you are in college don’t overlook campus positions. You can in a sense be paid to go to school! The pay may not be too fabulous but you will still gain experience and there is little to no commute (you were planning on going to school anyways, right?). Some jobs include: librarian’s assistant, teacher’s assistant, lunch personnel, and much more!
Written By:Kiana Valdez
Blog Writer, Social Media Consultant, Flipgigs
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How to Find a Good Part Time JobJanuary 13th, 2013
There are many reasons why one would want to take up a part-time job. One reason could be that they are student and therefore do not have time to participate in a job. So it’s important to try to find a part-time job that will fulfill their needs as well as bring in cash flow. Here are some tips to help you find your next part-time job.
One tip is to remember that there are hundreds of students just like you trying to find a student job also. So it is important to be creative about what you look for. Finding a good job is not impossible but it does require some effort.
One thing to start doing when looking for a part-time job is to look locally for any openings. Check to see if your school has a college and career center. Potential employers often look to those places for new recruits. Also check out listings in the local or school newspaper. Companies also often use those means to find new employees.
If you tried that but it still doesn’t work, try checking the Internet. The World Wide Web offers good opportunities for you to find a good part time job. Websites like www.flipgigs.com allows students to make a FREE account. To start looking for work, make your account today!
Once when you land an interview, be sure to keep a few things in mind.
-Be punctual- Why is it important to be punctual? It doesn’t give off a good impression if you are late. So arrive early! Review in your mind what things you would like to say. That way you won’t look/feel rushed. Remember it is better to be 15 minutes early than 15 minuets late. Ever so often there may be times that emergencies come up that make you late, but being late constantly makes you unreliable. By being punctual you show respect to the other person. You prove that you can be trusted, are reliable, and are professional. When trying to get a job, especially as a student, it is important to have those qualities.
-Dress and Grooming- Make sure that your attire is appropriate for the occasion. The more business-like the better. It shows that you take the job seriously. Sight is a very important factor that we use in our daily lives to judge people. Certain studies state that inappropriate dress and grooming have caused over 40 percent of job rejections. Good and clean dress and grooming gives off a good impression and makes you feel more confident and better about your own self.
-Conduct and Speech- this goes without saying, but being polite and proper is essential. Try to stray away from using slang words. This shows the employer that you strive to talk in a way that sounds well educated. And it is always good to be polite in your daily life, but even more so in a professional setting.
In the end, finding a job may be hard, but don’t give up!! There is a job waiting for you out there somewhere. You just got to find it!
Posted By: Kiana Valdez
Social Media Intern for flipgigs.com
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Using Technology to Find a JobDecember 18th, 2012
Looking for some extra cash? What about a job, internship, or even a gig? Work and money are available at the touch of your fingertips. Here are a few tips on getting more cash in your pockets.
Technology is at it’s all time high right now.Everywhere you look there are smart phones, tablets, and laptops in the hands of almost everyone you walk by. There is more to the internet than cat videos and funny memes, you could also be successful in finding new avenues of work, perhaps even a career, all online.
Looking for a job? There is a website for that! flipgigs.com is a great website to start looking for work, especially for students. Here you can post what skills you have to your profile and also post responses to various tasks/jobs that you would like to obtain. It is a very simple and free task.
Another way to use technology to find a job is by making your own portfolio. Websites like Linkedin can help you build an online resume of your skills and past jobs, all in one convinient location. Even more so, people have taken liberty to make their own blog websites dedicated to them. Unfortunately, personal websites may not have as much traffic as a website like Linkedin could bring to yourself. But it still could be a nice reference to put on business applications.
The internet could also help you to learn new things that may help you find a job. YouTube is a great place to learning new things. And what is a better price than free? There are other websites that you can use to help you. Google is a wonderful search engine to finding all that you are searching for.
In the end, the internet holds out endless possibilities on what types of jobs you can obtain to get cash in your pocket today. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for flipgigs to get a head start your future career today!!
Posted By: Kiana Valdez
Social Media Intern for flipgigs.com
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What Major to Take in CollegeDecember 3rd, 2012
With college tuition costs rising, it is important to make sure you walk into college with a purpose. Figuring out what major you want to take (and stick with) in advance is vital for a successful college life. Sometimes you hear of people that graduated college with a major in one subject but ended up doing something totally different. According to the Forbes Website, sixty percent of college graduates cannot find work in their field. So how can you ensure that you are not simply wasting your precious time and money?
First off, an important thing to think about is what you like to do. A job is somewhere you have to be, but a career is somewhere you want to be. That is the goal of a major in the first place, to learn about your future career. So it is important to consider doing something that you already like to do. If you like the arts, you could consider a major in drama, fashion, culinary, etc. And the same goes for other things you may enjoy doing.
Next, you can think about what you are good at doing. Maybe you love to act but you don’t really have the talent for it. Maybe you don’t really enjoy math for recreation but are really good at it. Hopefully you will be able to find a balance between what you want to do and what you can do.
Finally, it is vital to consider the other elements. What is the type of place you live in (city, country, suburb, etc)? What is the culture like? What jobs are the most commonly available?
Putting those three factors together can really help in making a decision about the rest of your life. And it may be able to help you choose a major that will help you get a education and a career for the future that you will stick to.
Posted By: Kiana Valdez
Social Media Intern for flipgigs.com
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Should I Go to College?November 8th, 2012
Before one can even think about how to pay for college or what classes to take, a person would need to decide if they even should pursue college at all. With tuition costs rising, some people wonder if it is really worth the money and time to go to college. To top it off, there are some who finish college and end up doing something totally different then their intended major. Therefore there are quite a few that have decided to skip college completely and face the “real world” straight on. Are these people at a less advantage than those that go to a four year university? Is there other alternatives to a four year university that can give the same results? If one decides to go to a four year college, what can they do to make sure they don’t waste time or money?
To answer the first question, maybe not. There are some people have been successful without graduating from a college. Some learned on location, others may have started their own business. Whatever the case is, just because you graduate from a four year college doesn’t mean that you automatically get a job. But certain jobs do require that a person have some sort of degree. It just depends on what you would like to do or what job you would like to obtain.
Is there other alternatives to a four year university that can give the same results? Maybe not the same results, but some different results. Do you know another language? Some have been able to become translators. Do you have some sort of talent or skill? Some people are artistic, music oriented, or talented in sports which helped them obtain their desired career. There are also many online colleges or vocational schools that one can attend that will deal directly with what they would want to do. Also it is common that there is a nearby community college that can offer good education at a more affordable price.
Still want to go to a traditional College? Well there still are ways to make sure that you don’t drown in debt before you can start in the work force. Have a goal, be organized, and stay motivated. Don’t invest in an education that you don’t want. Not having a goal in mind is like driving to an unknown destination, you waste time and money that could be used to actually get somewhere.
So in the end, the choice of whether or not to go to college is left up to you. Keep in mind that a college degree alone doesn’t pay the rent, but dedication and determination will. If you decide to go to a traditional college, make use of your education! The harder you work, the better the results.
Do you have any questions about college that you would like answered? Would you like a whole article dedicated to one or more of the questions above? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts.
Posted By: Kiana Valdez
Social Media Marketing Intern at Flipgigs.com