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What kind of jobs did you guys have when you were in college?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by GetLow, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. Alright, I'm a college student and I need to find a part-time job... I'm at a loss. The market of available jobs in a college town is saturated, making it nearly impossible to get a decent job around here.

    I have retail sales/customer service experience and I don't want to work with/around food.

    So just throw out some suggestions. Or, if you know anyone that needs a good employee in the East Orlando area, hook me up.
  2. Time Divider

    Time Divider Guest

    Apr 7, 2005
    I played in a band. The hours never conflicted, and it was almost all cash (which is just as good as money).
  3. I'm an intern at the NRSC in Washington.
  4. I worked at the Ski Resort in the Winter and Golf Course in the Summer. Check into work study on your campus. I got hooked up with a killer job at our campus radio station, not a ton of hours but it payed great and was a blast!
  5. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    General Clerk at a grocery store
    Music store employee
  6. Time Divider

    Time Divider Guest

    Apr 7, 2005
    Oops, almost forgot. My wife and I were the managers of our apartment building, which cut our rent in half. Plus, she had a job working in the ceramics studio at the University. Sorry, it seems like a hundred years ago.
  7. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Worked for the University Mail Service for several years delivering and picking up mail around Texas A&M U. Then I changed over to work for the head of the International Programs Dept. That was cool, most of the time it was office work but I'd often get to pick up and escort foreign dignitaries around town and shmooze at dinners and such. I also worked the opening of the international center at the George Bush Presidential Library complex. That was cool because there were all these bigwigs there.

    brad cook
  8. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    Built computers for the Pentagon (satellite office, nothing interesting.)
    Telephone operator for dial-a-nurse at university hospital
    Pizza delivery
    West Virginia gentlemen's club bartender/bouncer :)
  9. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    undergrad lab assistant (pending!).
  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    My sophmore through senior year I watched over the student commons...it was the sweetest job you could possibly imagine. I went to a very small fine arts college in a small beach town in CT. I'd work a 12-hour shift on Saturdays, and my only duty was making people sign a book when they came in, and sign out when they left. So I basically played my bass a LOT (I kept it and my amp at the school...it was a very safe place), got to watch movies and hang out with all my school friends who'd come to hang out, and eat. I'd make $75 a week tax-free.

    I also worked at the school store for one semester, and worked night crew at the local grocery store from my third year until a year after I graduated. I'd work there full time during summers and work whatever amount I liked during the school year (usually 12 hrs a week). I'd occasionally sell some art, too, but not much until after I graduated.

    Check out the night shift at some grocery stores...they very often need additional workers and are often very flexible in the hours you can work.
  11. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I took lots of free money from the government, and lots of loans too. I'm now paying back lots of money to the government, because I didn't pay back my loans. I had a big smile on my face when I was in college. I don't have a big smile on my face anymore - regarding any of that money that is.

    I also worked in the theater at my school - hands down the most fun job I ever had - also worked in a grocery store for a while making sanwiches. Only cut myself once on the slicing machine.
  12. i think you meant, 'I'd go into detail, but then I'd have to kill you.'

    really though, that's cool regardless.

    GSPLBASSDC Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    Pizza delivery (great tips from the women's dorm :D )
    Computer repair
  14. Gomez

    Gomez Live from the Shire

    Apr 15, 2005
    I was sort of a sous-chef in the weekends in a small restaurant in my hometown. Been working in kitchens all through my youth to pay my way. Great thing about it is that you don't spend your money in bars etc. and you can buy nice gear. Bad thing is that you lose friends and don't meet a lot of girls. :eyebrow:
  15. pointbass

    pointbass Jersey to Georgia Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    I was super lucky and played all through school, mostly in bar bands (at that time bars/clubs always had live bands ... no DJ's) and a fair amount in two regional professional theatre groups. It was very cool, and it continued for many years after graduation 'til I screwed things up (long story about my screw ups :meh: ). You might also check with local studios about doing for-hire recording work ..........
  16. Cowboy bands, supper clubs, 50's bands, 60's bands, wedding bands

    and my father gas station.

    Wesley R.
  17. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    Crummy thing is (kind of....) that i made far more doing that than now, almost ten years later, in a supervisory position...

    Neither that, nor my present job, though, compare to the gentelmen's club: beloved adopted son of the bikers that ran the joint (the west va pagans, scary bunch, but cool), drinking for free all night (among other things), and hanging out with a dozen nude women, who were all very sweet. And it payed very very well.

    I used to love going to class in the afternoon: some students would wear their work shirts, from mcdonalds and the like, as, like me, they were going to work straight after; my work shirt had a silhouette of....you can imagine, and said "Pierpont Centerfold Club, Staff" on it. Kept the guest list packed.
  18. I got a part time job at a radio station, that turned into full time and 5 years. Of course that's what I was doing in school, so the experience was great. I also got to "job-out" in the last semester because I was offered a full time job. No final exams or nothing, and the degree to boot!

    *off topic sort of*
    I think all schools should do that BTW - if you're in a program for a particular field, and you get a job in that field, you should be able to just take the job and still graduate. I learned more in the first few months than I did all through college. I'm sure lots of others feel the same too
    *back on topic*
  19. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    I did a series of internships, as well: wasn't paid, paid for them in fact, and they were all 40+ hours a week. Still, it was work, so i guess it counts...

    Did 3 months working in a high school guidance office going over test scores. Fascinating. Did 2 months counseling in a women's shelter; that was interesting, but very frustrating. and i did a month counseling terminal aids patients. heartbreaking.
  20. Started out playing in bands too. Hours didn't conflict, you made 40 hours of min wage in a few nights of actual work. I like to think I got more tail than you normally would if you worked in 7/11 too.

    Partway through school I hooked up with the co-op program, great deal, work a semester in your field at a real company, then school for a semester. Graduated a little later, but had skills, got many good job offers as a result, compared to guys graduating with only a degree. Pay was much better than min wage on the work semester too.