What happens when you graduate with a pricey degree, but no well-paying job?
Huge disappointment, that’s what.
In today’s job market, finding a job where you can put your degree to use is not exactly easy. Increasing numbers of college grads are finding themselves returning to jobs in restaurants, retail stores, and other hourly jobs which don’t require a degree at all. And since they can’t make ends meet, they have to move back in with mom and dad, too. (Bummer!)
If you’re a college graduate still looking for a job on your career path, consider taking a work-at-home job in the meantime. Work-at-home jobs are great because many of them offer flexible hours, and you never have to leave your couch, much less spend money on expensive gas. Bankrate had a few suggestions for legitimate work-at-home jobs for the computer savvy 20-something. Here are some options that will allow you to earn a little bit of cash, while still allowing you to pursue your dream career.
Teacher/Tutor: As a college grad, you probably have some knowledge to offer the younger generation. Whether you’re an expert in a foreign language, calculus, or chemistry, you can put your know-how to good use. Consider applying at an online college, or even a tutoring company. According to Distance Education, a website which helps students compare online college tuitions, you can look for these kinds of jobs on job boards like Monster or CareerBuilder. You might also be able to apply directly to institutions like Sylvan Learning Center or Homework Help, which offer tutoring for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Mystery Shopper: Something I’ve always wanted to try, mystery shopping pays on a per-assignment basis. Mystery shoppers visit stores, restaurants, banks, and other institutions either in person, or via phone or Internet. According to the Mystery Shopping Providers Association, (MSPA) mystery shoppers usually get paid between $8 and $20 for a typical shopping assignment. You can often find mystery shopper jobs online, but be aware that there are many mystery shopping scams out there as well. If you are asked to pay to become a shopper, it’s probably not a real offer. Thousands of qualified (and free) job listings are available on the MSPA website.
Customer Service: You don’t really need anything to do this, other than a phone and some free time. Companies are increasingly hiring online customer service agents. While your schedule might not be as flexible as some other work-at-home jobs, it will provide some pretty decent hourly pay. As long as you can keep your cool when dealing with unpleasant customers, this might be a good job for you. To find one of these jobs, you can search online job boards, or find out if individual companies are looking for customer service agents.
Writer: If you’ve got any writing experience at all, you may be able to get paid for it. Consider becoming a blogger for a newspaper or some other online publication. This is a great way to build up your resume and portfolio, especially if you’re looking for a job in the writing field. Some publications will offer payment by the word, ranging from 10 cents to $2.
If you’re a grad who is having a hard time finding a job, you don’t necessarily have to flip burgers to pay the rent in the meantime. While you might not exactly get rich working in your pajamas and answering your phone, this is a great way to get the bills paid, without having to ever leave the house.