“Gap” Year Jobs…

Planning on going to medical school, law school, or any sort of graduate program? Need to take a break for a year, but still need to work? This ones for you.

I always knew that I wanted to continue my education after my undergraduate degree. I knew that I would definitely need to, as a bachelors degree is losing its worth daily. I planned on taking a “gap” year, one filled with traveling, LSAT studying, and a part time job. As my parents put it so kindly, I was living in a “fantasy world”. They told me that any post-graduate education wouldn’t be covered by them, as they paid for most of my undergrad (excluding my one year out of state, but we’ve already talked about that). After I picked myself up from being thrown off of the gravy train, I realized that I needed a full time job. Working part time wouldn’t be enough to pay law school tuition and my living expenses for my time there. So, I blindly began my search for a full time job, unsure of where to start.

Most full time jobs want to know that you’re planning on being on board for awhile. That you want to grow with the company, and do what you have to do to get the job done. Revealing in an interview that this just is just one to hold you over for a year isn’t going to be something most employers want to hear. It’s definitely possible to work your way around the “where do you see yourself in five years” interview question, don’t worry about how you’d answer that just yet. Here’s a list of well-paying job opportunities for you to check out:

1. Legal Assistant/Secretary

Looking to go to law school? This job is perfect for you. It will be high pressure and time consuming, but you’ll be learning all about the field that you’re studying to be in. Most of the time, law offices are looking for law students or recent college graduates would want to pursue a career in the legal field.

Average Salary: $32,000 – $48,000 annually

2. Medical Receptionist

If you’re looking into medical school or veterinary school, working as a receptionist in a doctors office is definitely for you. My physicians office will actually only hire med or vet school hopefuls or students. It’ll take a little bit to get used to working with insurance companies and billing, but it’ll be a great introduction to your career as a medical professional.

Average Salary: $27,300 annually

3. Social Media Coordinator

Most companies are now realizing that social media is the way to get in touch and stay in touch with their clients. Whether they are an accounting firm or a clothing boutique, almost everyone is on at least Facebook, if not Twitter and Instagram as well. Companies are looking for young blood to take over these roles, as we know the ins and outs of all the different social media outlets. Depending on what kind of company you work for, you might have some really cool stuff to post about!

Average Salary: $37,592 annually

4. Full-Time Nanny

While babysitting might not be the exact way you want to spend your gap year, many full time nanny jobs are well paying gigs that also allow for some flexibility. If you can handle kids, you might want to check out Care.com or Craigslist to see what opportunities you can find in your area.

Average Salary: $700 weekly

5. Server

If you’ve worked in the restaurant industry, you know that this really isn’t an ideal position. Working in hospitality is extremely difficult, especially when it comes to people who are hungry. If you’re a people person and you can handle a distraught customer every once in awhile, consider applying for a job as a full time server. You might not make bank working at your local diner, but working solid dinner and weekend shifts at a higher priced restaurant could help you rake in some serious cash. Servers at the restaurant I used to work at could easily bring in $2,000 each month, most of them just working four days a week.

Average Salary: $2,000 monthly

These are only a few of the jobs that will help you put some money away before you have to break the bank while continuing your education. If you’re looking for part time work, consider becoming a tutor, date-night babysitter, cashier, etc. Every penny counts!

 

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