6 Great Part-Time Jobs for Students (Other Than Serving)

Need a part-time job? Here are some fun alternatives to the restaurant business. Earn more money and have greater job satisfaction!

 Dog Walker

Love being around animals? Don't have the space or time required to get a dog? Missing the company of an old family pet?

This one is for all the animal lovers...Being a dog walker is a fun and active part time job that can actually pay quite well, but also requires a lot of responsibility. Apply to a dog-walking business or doggy-day care. You can also advertise to people you already know and live in your neighborhood, or post flyers in popular dog parks.

Academic Tutor

Take advantage of what you already know and what you're currently learning! What can you offer others? This is a great option for students - as you already have a client pool right at your fingertips to offer your services to...your classmates and other students! If you are excelling in a portion of your current program, or a specific class where others are having difficulties - offer to tutor others outside of class time! You don't need to charge a big fee - around $15.00 to $20.00/hour for peer tutoring is standard.

If you are certified in a specific subject, for example; developing and using programming frameworks and languages, or operating and applying Applications such as Photoshop or Illustrator your skills are probably in demand outside of your immediate peer group.

Language Tutor

Vancouver is a culturally diverse city - home to an endless number of languages, cultures, and traditions. If you have a good grasp of the English language and are fluent in a foreign/native language, teaching others might be a good fit for you. Advertise on social media or use flyers and posters to advertise your tutoring service.

Music Teacher

Have you mastered a musical instrument? If you love music and working with people -  a position as a music teacher could be perfect for you. If you don't like kids - this might not be the job for you, as the majority of people interested in learning a musical instrument will be kids or teenagers. A love and talent for motivating and inspiring others is a bonus.


Babysitting is a flexible part-time job for students experienced in child care. Qualification in child care, first-aid, and other emergency certifications is a definite asset. Past experience and solid references are a priority to parents looking for someone to care for their child, so a proven  history of employment and recommendation from other parents is crucial when applying.


Reception is a great part-time job for students looking to focus on their studies as well as improve their communication skills. Answering the phone, greeting visitors, and composing memos for co-workers is a great way to practice language and communication skills for international students.

Depending on the business and scope of responsibilities detailed by your employer - there may also be time to review study material throughout your shift. Strong organizational skills, a grasp of current technologies, and the ability to multitask effectively are a plus for this job.

Don't stop looking for a job you enjoy! Even if it is just part-time work you deserve to be happy with what you are doing. Don't be afraid to try something new!

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it, keep looking. Don't settle."

-Steve Jobs


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