Ah yes, the perennial question: What about working while in school? Some students depend solely on student loans, while others utilize savings or family income, but many of our students work while studying at The Seattle School. We thought we’d give you a snapshot of how students coordinate work and school, including some of the helpful job search resources we’ve found.

How many hours a week do most students work?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions, and understandably so. The Seattle School is designed to be a full-time graduate institution, meaning classes take place during the week between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm, so it’s rarely feasible to work full-time (30-40 hours) while being a student full-time (7-10 credit hours). That said, classes are scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (there are a few intensive classes held on weekends and an occasional Thursday class that is typically an elective), with hopes that Thursday and Friday are available for work, family, study, and play. Usually, depending on the term, a student is on campus two of those three days. Therefore, it is feasible to find a flexible part-time job working between 15-30 hours a week while studying full-time.

A few caveats…

What kinds of jobs do students have?

There are a few types of jobs common to Seattle School students:

Nannying

For those of you who love children or might have baby-whisperer skills, Seattle is a city that loves its nannies! It’s a job with flexible hours and good pay. Here are some ways to find nannying gigs:

Work Study

The Seattle School does have federal work study positions in multiple departments, including in admissions, The Allender Center, conferences, admissions, and the front desk. We also have student contractors for jobs like note taking. Open positions will be posted on our Current Openings page later this summer. Here is the important information to know:

Part-Time with Insurance

Here are some companies that offer insurance to part-time employees. Usually they require that you work a certain number of hours, such as an average of 21-25 per week. It depends on the company, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Also, some companies consider you full-time and offer benefits if you work a minimum of 32 hours. Most students find that a bit too much to accomplish on top of school, but there are some who do it. You just need to be really diligent with time management.

The Restaurant Industry

Waiting tables can offer good paychecks in the city. In Seattle, servers make minimum wage—at least $12.00 an hour, depending on the company—plus tips. 

Ministry and Counseling Jobs

If you’re looking to find employment in the industry you hope to work in upon graduation, you’re not alone. Our job board often has postings from social service agencies, mental health hospitals, and churches. Depending on your previous experience or education, some of these may be a great fit. Mental hospitals and agencies occasionally need on-call staff or overnight workers, and some students have found this to be a schedule that works for them.

With church jobs, depending on your financial situation, this may or may not be enough financial support during this season. Of course, that varies depending on placement. If it’s what you love to do, you can find a way. For tips and connections about church jobs, chat it up with the current MDiv students!

Administrative Jobs

Some people like to do temp work because they can say yes when they’re available and no when they’re not. Also, it’s possible to find administrative positions that are part-time at churches, businesses, and in the public sector.

Self-Employed

For those of you daring enough to try and start a business while attending graduate school, How to Become Self-Employed in Seattle by Jenny MacLeod is a great resource. It’s also worth a read if you already own your own business and want some advice on how to succeed setting up shop in the Emerald City. Buy it wherever books are sold, or check out our copy from The Seattle School’s Library once you get your student account!

How do people find jobs?

Here are the most helpful job searching resources we’ve found.

Internally

Externally

Temp Agencies

Hopefully these will be some helpful resources as you discern and explore your options for working as a student!