HOW TO EARN MONEY WHILE YOU STUDY ABROAD AS A NIGERIAN STUDENT
Now that you have gotten admission to study abroad in a University or college, you will undoubtedly need money to support yourself during your study.
This ranges from tuition fees, accommodation and other expenses that are often associated with the acquisition of an international education.
It is most quite likely that from time to time you may run out of “pocket change” and will need to do one or two things in order to raise money for your upkeep.
Your family or sponsors might try to send something from home but it may not be enough and sometimes you may even be the one sponsoring yourself.
In this regard, this article will be looking at how to earn money while you study abroad as a Nigerian student
Here we go…
1. Offer Tutoring service
Offering tutorial is a great way to make money.
The fact that you do not have to leave the campus makes this much more exciting. Tutorials also enable you to become more of an expert in your field of study and as such aid you to have higher grades.
Who knows where tutoring will lead you?
It could be an additional work experience to be added to your CV.
Tutoring other students will also make you popular among your classmates. It makes for great social bonding and will lead you to other opportunities.
2. Assist with research work
You can offer to assist your professors with their research work in whatever capacity that they may want you.
The pay will be great and you will keep getting more jobs from them if your work is impressive. This method of earning money is quite nice because it provides steady income for you.
The key to excelling in such work is to understand the research techniques and methodologies. Once you are able to do this, it becomes quite easy for you to be able to put research projects together.
As a research assistant, you will get lots of insight into your field of study because you are dealing shoulder to shoulder with an expert in the field.
They can also mentor you to achieve something higher in the field. It is just a two-in-one opportunity!
3. Offer babysitting or pet sitting services
Many people may not have the time to take care of their kids due to their busy schedules but you can offer to babysit their children for a fee.
Babysitting jobs always pay constantly. Also, as much as many people always want to stay with their pets, it is impossible because many jobs places do not allow them to take their pets along.
This is what brings a unique opportunity for pet sitting jobs. For example, you can walk people’s dogs; feed their cats and other pets.
4. Find freelance jobs
Freelance jobs offer another great way to make money while on campus. You could start by looking up classified ad sites or in the dailies.
There will always be one or two which you can do to be able to make some money.
Another way to get freelance jobs is to use word of mouth advertising to sell yourself to your network of friends and colleagues who might need your skill or service.
If you have some unique talents and skills, this will definitely be the best time to make use of them. Another way to do this would be to visit freelance websites where you can get paid to perform certain tasks.
Some jobs only require you to sit down with your computer in the comfort of your room.
The downside here is that it may eat up some of your study time.
Good time management is absolutely necessary if you indeed want to make some money and make good academic grades at the same time.
5. Get a part time job
This provides a great way for those who are looking for steady pay and have the time requirements for part time employment.
Bear it in mind though that you would need to be careful to adhere to the terms of admission and the protocols as regards your study visa.
Certain limits and restrictions may exist on your visa and it is important to adhere to them.
In any case, part time employment is a great way to earn money while you study abroad.
6. Become a writer
The beauty of writing is that you do not have to leave your campus to write for websites, journals or even magazines.
You can contact local newspapers, magazines and media houses and start writing for them.
Writing may not buy you a luxury car but it will pay your bills and you may end up in a career that pays you for just doing what you love.
The good thing about writing is that there is always a demand for it in different subject area. So, there is no need to worry about whether or not your course of study would offer you writing opportunities.
You may even write for other fields you are interested in apart from your field of study. Use your search engine to check for writing engagements that will enable you to work and study without the stress of leaving the campus.
7. Look for caregiving jobs
The role of care giver to the elderly is one that can put some good money in your pocket.
You can always find such jobs especially at old peoples’ homes.
The only thing you need to watch out for is that your shifts must not coincide with your lectures and other academic activities.
The key to being able to do this successfully would be to linkup with your colleagues at work and school and balance both activities at the same time.
You can do it if you indeed have the drive and the energy to be all over the place.
8.Find cleaning jobs
This is another job that you can do and make some income for yourself.
Many people in countries abroad are always looking for those who can help them clean their homes, offices and other facilities.
Becoming a part time facilities manager is something that will put money in your pocket.
Cleaning for people can at least pay you the minimum hourly wage of your host country.
9. Organize sales
Can you talk a fish into paying for collecting water? Then sales is definitely a strong point for you!
For example, there are lots of clothing retailers in the UK and the USA looking for sales assistants especially during the summer period.
The list of item you can sell in your host country is endless. Sales Jobs are easy to find and highly rewarding if you have the skill and interest.
It is also a good package for your CV after graduation. You can be involved in it during sessions or holidays depending on your academic programme schedule…
What did you do to make some money during your study abroad experience?
Share and give others insight! Thank you…