/ Asked by James
I'm taking a semester off from college this year for anxiety reasons. I'm working a part-time, unpaid internship this summer, and taking an online class. I'm looking for a paid job as well. Any suggestions on where to look besides retail? I'd like to earn money while also working toward my degree. Thanks!
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, on Monday, June 10, 2019
Hello, I would suggest getting your foot in the door in the field or industry your pursuing as a major. While making good money is important, taking the right steps early will pay off later. Perhaps look for a paid fall/spring co-op or internship, ask your favorite professor for suggestions on the types of entry-level position you can pursue. Without having context I can't share examples, but there are tons of great information regarding entry-level roles online and I would highly suggest reaching out to your network if you have one to help spread the word that you are looking. Also, look at the position you ultimately want to have in 10-15 years and see where those folks first started, what type of roles, in the same industry or not, what their next career move was etc. You can find this information on site such as LinkedIn. 

hope this helps! 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It's great to see you are trying to keep busy and continue to gain experience. I agree with Sylvia, if you can find a job that aligns with your career field of interest, or industry of interest, it would be a beneficial resume builder! However, if that is not a possibility, any part-time job that can demonstrate your work ethic and being able to juggle multiple priorities is still beneficial. Depending where you live, there are likely several businesses that offer part-time jobs. It just depends what you're interested in and what will work with your schedule. Working in the food industry could be one option because they can often offer flexible work hours that would still allow you to continue with school and your unpaid internship. Use your network and friends/family in your area to help!
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