Why do you need more money while studying? I don’t think that I’ll have to explain the reason behind it because isn’t that obvious? More money means living a great life. Doing a job can get you some income to survive or get some extra pocket money without depending on your parents. I remember walking for more than 2 km some days just to save a couple of rupees. I don’t ever take a Tuk-Tuk back then because I feel that it is a waste of money. Times are even harder for other Sri Lankan undergraduates too now because the living expenses are higher than before.

Research has shown that those undergraduates who work while studying tend to understand and grasp their studies much better than those who are not on job. They understand the nature of business and get practical learning about how things are done. For example, if a student is studying telecommunications and works at a call center he will understand each and everything much better. In Sri Lankan Universities part-time jobs are not promoted. However here are some huge benefits of taking a part-time job.

Here’s why you should consider taking on part-time work.

Taking up a part-time job is much better than being unemployed. It’s similar to the saying “Something is better than nothing”. What better reason is there to get a part-time job than earning some extra cash? You feel better when you have cash flow. You no longer have to worry about being able to afford the essentials or relying on your parents or student funding to get by. As a result, you gain independence. You will be less reliant on those around you, and you will learn how to fend for yourself. Furthermore, for a few students, part-time jobs are very helpful, be it for paying the tuition fee, academic fees, or as an extra allowance. And you learn to handle your financials carefully. You tend to become more cautious about how you spend your hard-earned cash.

The main differences between full-time work and part-time work lie in the number of hours spent at work, and the amount of responsibility placed on the employee. So flexibility is another big advantage of part-time jobs. You still have time to attend university and spend a lot of time with friends. Those working less than half a day have the choice to work mornings, afternoons or evenings in establishments with longer hours.

You develop interpersonal skills. As well as confidence, student employment provides you with an opportunity to learn how to interact with different personalities – an essential skill in all types of jobs. Part-time jobs have the potential to lead to great things. If you know how to choose your job well, you’ll be able to improve your skills and expertise in the field that you want. Moreover, a lot of new opportunities will pop up. The following are some part-time jobs in Sri Lanka that students can work while studying in university.

13 money-making ideas for Sri Lankan undergraduates.


Undergraduates | Working on Part-Time Jobs as Web designers, Editors, computer programmers , graphic designers or content writers

1. Freelancing

You probably have some skills eg. Web designing, editing, copywriting, computer programming, graphic design, or writing skills. Then you can find some freelance gigs or you can use your skills and talents to build a business of your own, as a freelancer. Fiverr and Upwork are massive marketplaces for all types of freelance work.

2. Website designing and developing

Creating websites has never been easier. There are so many platforms like WordPress, Wix, Squarespace that you can use easily to create a website without any technical knowledge. But you should be knowledgeable enough to find potential clients.

3. Starting a blog

If you have a passion that you want to share with the world, a blog can be a great outlet for your work. Once you start writing some great content, you will eventually find ways to monetize your blog.

4. Design work

If you are knowledgeable enough in Photoshop and other print design software you can work on designing various advertising materials.

5. T-shirt Printing

We all need customized t-shirts when we’re in university. You can start a small t-shirt company. You don’t have to have an “actual” company. All you need is to find some t-shirts manufacturers and get their prices.

6. Digital Marketing

If you’re good with your social media, email marketing and maybe a little bit of SEO(Search Engine Optimization) you can become a digital marketer too. Then you can find some local shops and entrepreneurs and provide your services to them.

7. Resume writing services

Most students are supposed to work when they are in their 3rd and final years. So obviously they need CVs to send for companies. You can start a CV writing service for students who are in need. Put out some flyers around the university to find your first client.

8. Photography

Photography as a Part-Time Job

Though you may be part-time, your persona needs to be that of a full-time photographer.

If you are good with your camera then you can start your own photography business. Then becoming a photographer is not that difficult. There are so many online magazines that are covering various things around the country. You can even cover events in your university as a beginning.

9. Tutoring

This is a no-brainer and very common among undergraduates. Start teaching what you’re learning or anything else (like playing the guitar and even chess) to students who are in need. Many popular tuition teachers start their careers while studying at university. Undergraduates do A/L, O/L or even classes for school children.

10. Data Entry Operator

These jobs have easy working hours, sometimes you can do these at your home using your computer.

11. Research Assistant

Gain experience in your field of interest by working as a Research Assistant for one of your lecturers or professors in your department/campus.

12. Restaurant jobs – Waiter staff

You can work in large Hotels and places like MacDonald’s Pizza Hut, KFC. You can earn money and have free meals also. Well, that’s about it. There are so many other ways of making money while studying.

Staring a You Tube Channel as a part-time job

Make sure you have an attractive channel, with cool channel art to set the scene and theme for your viewers.

13. Starting a Youtube Channel

With the continued rise of the video blogging culture, it’s completely understandable for any young adult to make money starting a YouTube channel. It’s a fun and interactive hobby with the potential to turn you into a popular online personality. Today it has become the most engaging avenue to earn a pretty impressive income. Aside from that, it helps you meet new people, gets free stuff from companies as well.

These are some of the more popular ones that I think should work for most of the undergraduates. However, students working while studying should not divert from their studies and keep a balance between their studies as well as their job. Once you find the right balance, you’ll reap the benefits of working as a student for years to come.

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