A new trend of working part-time while studying is gradually becoming a rage among college students in the twin cities. It has two advantages: They not only make money to take care of their shopping, coffee and movies, but also end up getting some work exposure while still on the campus, besides of course, the heady feeling of financial independence.
Debsu Maity, a second-year mass communications student of the Loyola Academy, is one such young man who works as a promoter for the Bacardi Breezer Bussle, an event management company, in his free time.
“I am very happy with the setting. I work only three days a week from 6 pm to 12 am. This does not clash with my college timings and I am able to cope with my studies as well. Plus, with a weekly salary of Rs 1500, I don’t have to depend on my parents for my pocket-money anymore. I like it, “ he says.
Apart from the monetary factor, Debsu believes that meeting new people as part of his work adds to his personality. “My job is to attract at least 50 people a day, and organise games to promote the product of Bacardi Breezer Bussle. This gives me an opportunity to interact with people from different walks of life,” he explains.
While Debsu’s job requires him to be on his toes, student Divya who is currently pursuing a post-graduate degree has taken up a job at a call centre. She shares, “I am quite happy with my work and even my parents don’t object to my working at a call centre. Timings are flexible and the money is good. I not only manage to meet my monthly expenses, but also save. And, as long as my studies are not affected, my parents are fine with my job.”
Another student Melony Harry Phillip from St.Francis College, who is in her final year of B.Com, is working as a Process Associate at the Apollo Health Street.
“The work I am doing is not very easy. My work timings are from 6:30 pm to 3:30 am, and after a few hours of sleep, I have to go to college in the morning,” she says. However, she adds on an optimistic note, “but, I love my job and it is a great feeling to be working and paying for my own education.”