how do i find part time tech work?
I want to go back to school for medicine, and recently tried to take some pre-requisite courses whilst working full time. I've learned it is pretty hard to take organic chemistry while working 60 hours a week! anyway, something has to give, and I'm thinking of trying to find a part time job. I was wondering if anyone here works on a part time basis? Or has tips on how to locate part time work? craig's list has a part time category, but most of it is not tech-related. Is part-time possible in this industry, or should i start applying to starbucks?
I am a part time Teacher - around 20 hours a week, and go to grad school full time.
hey good point prakash. i'll start there. thanks!
Definitely try to find a job with the school.
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In addition to finding work *at* your school, most schools also have a department dedicated to getting outside jobs for their students. You may be able to access job listings that won't show up in the paper, etc.
There must be tons of businesses which need IT help but can't justify hiring a whole person. I guess the trick is not to look for a job but promote a service available to be booked a set amount per week.
I think finding a job on campus would be the easiest and best way to go. When I was in school (1991-1995, University of Vermont) I worked in the public computer lab as tech support for 4 years (in the lab and later on the phone) and in my final year worked both that and as a general sort of tech for the education department.
You don't need to do tech support either if you're working at a university (though I imagine it can be more fun than programming, interacting with people). If you visit the physics dept for example and talk with a secretary, you might find there's a need for someone to do simulations. Or the statistics dept might need some VB app.
One last thing. ;) Occasionally a problem is that grant-funded projects have too much cash -- they need to spend it so they won't get less funding. So don't feel sheepish!
I used to work for BancTec, which does on-site repair for Dell, Compaq, Toshiba, etc., and lately they're trying to get as many part-timer/per-job guys as they can. And there's some turnaround, as you might imagine. If PC part-swapping is up your alley, you might look into this company and others who do this sort of work. Call up the big PC companies and ask who does their on-site service. You could run two or three service calls a day and still have plenty of time to study. (The pay isn't incredible, but it beats working at Mickey D's.)
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