Solved! 4 Ways Part-Time Jobs With
Earn and Learn Will Benefit Students

By Chok Leang Ooi, Kenzie Academy Co-Founder & CEO
December 18, 2018

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One of the biggest roadblocks for many students in the U.S. is not having the ability to earn a steady income while they focus primarily on their studies. In fact, “52% of college students are working at least 27 weeks per year” according to Adobo. We’ve heard from many students that working while earning their certification can be a challenge. That’s why we made it our mission to develop Earn and Learn, so our students can earn a paycheck while in school.

Last month, we partnered with world-renowned staffing workforce and staffing services company, Kelly Services to kickstart our “Earn and Learn” program. Through the program, Kelly Services provides remote, part-time jobs to Kenzie students that work with their class schedule and pay almost twice the minimum wage.

Besides the obvious benefit of earning a paycheck while attending school, there are a number of amazing benefits that come with this program:

Remote Work Schedule Fits Around Class Schedule

Working while attending school is hard. Finding a way to fit in a consistent work schedule, attend classes, and still have time to do homework can be challenging. Not to mention, most part-time jobs while in school aren’t necessarily resume builders.

Kelly is offering part-time, remote roles that give you the flexibility to choose your own hours and work from home. After spending a full day on campus, who wouldn’t love to work on their couch?

Students Make More Than Minimum Wage

Many of the jobs offered through Kelly Services often pay almost twice the minimum wage. Additionally, students who are hired can work 20-24 hours per week.

Kelly Services is also a huge proponent for promoting internally. If students perform well in their current roles, they will have the opportunity to advance.

Students Attain Hard & Soft Skills

You’ll most likely be set up with a technical support position that requires you to troubleshoot and assist consumers with their immediate needs. Even though it’s a part-time position to help earn a steady income, you’ll gain a number of incredibly useful skills that will, no doubt, be important in whatever your first job is after Kenzie.

As someone working in tech support, you’ll attain hard skills (specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured) that can help you build upon your craft. More importantly, however, you’ll attain soft skills (character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person's relationships with other people) that will help you understand and empathize with the consumer.

“More importantly, however, you’ll attain soft skills that will help you understand and empathize with the consumer.”

Here at Kenzie, the consumer voice is something that should always be top of mind. One thing I always mention when “selling” Earn and Learn is talking through how having the voice of the consumer as students develop products will make them more competitive in the job market

Kelly Can Provide Support Down the Road

On top of paying their employees above minimum wage and offering the opportunity to attain new skills, Kelly may be able to provide support for students looking for full-time employment; with services like coaching resume/cover letter review

Additionally, forging a relationship with Kelly right NOW can help Kenzie students in the future. Along with temporary, part-time employment, Kelly Services also helps many prestigious organizations hire full-time employees.

Through our partnership with Kelly Services, the “Earn and Learn” program can help relieve much or some of the financial strain that comes from focusing on studies on a full-time basis -- all while attaining new skills and developing professional relationships.

If you’d like to learn even more about Kenzie’s Earn and Learn program, schedule a chat with a Student Evangelist now!


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CHok leang ooi

Chok is the CEO of Kenzie Academy. He enjoys discovering the latest tech and startup trends and meeting people in the field at various conferences around the globe. In recent years, he has traveled extensively and met entrepreneurs across the U.S. and also in Asia and the Middle East. Follow Chok on Twitter: @chokooi.