Student wage – If you are a student, you don’t have a thousand and one ways to get an income.
Over the last 35 years, the employment rate among full time post-secondary students has gone from one in four to just a little less than one in two.
Although there was a significant decline in the employment rate among all students between 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, due to the economic slowdown which had a major impact on job opportunities, there have been increases in each of the following quarters.
To manage, you need to have a well-paying job. Your salary will depend mostly on your qualifications and your motivation.
On-campus employment centres guarantee relatively high student wage jobs and especially try to be more in line with university life. The Canadian government also offers very good jobs for young people: pay starts at $10.91 per hour and can reach $25 or more.
But these wages are not really representative and only relate to government programs. In Ontario, for example, the minimum student salary is $10.70 per hour (It will be $10.90 per hour from October 1st, 2017). On the other hand, if you work more than 28 hours per week, you will earn the general minimum wage of $11.40. You just have to decide how many hours you are going to sacrifice from those needed for your studies…
Your income also depends on your skills. A waitress in a bar only gets $9.90 per hour but her tips are substantial. If he is gifted and motivated, a telephone marketing agent or a store salesperson may well earn a living but runs the risk of interfering with his studies due to the high stress level. Customer representatives often study part time, their salary allowing it and the job not being too demanding. Less adventurous students are also able to get an income, although at a lower pay.
What you choose will depend on your financial needs. Consider the higher paying jobs without closing the other doors. Successfully juggling student and working life is not something everyone can do, so be sure to find a job that doesn’t swamp you and which is compatible with your lifestyle choices.