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What jobs did you guys work during college to keep you afloat?

For people did not get the opportunity to get a full ride what jobs did you have to go through? I work personally in a low paying job in a bakery to scrap up change to feed myself. What did you guys do?

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Jul 6, 2017

1) waiting tables and sommelier in a casino, then bartender/mixologist in the bar area of the same casino, then croupier (mostly black jack, roulette) in the casino network
2) eBay powerseller bronze, then silver (cellphones, car parts)

Jul 6, 2017

able to transfer those sommelier skills over for use with clients and women?

Jul 6, 2017

Knowing how to mix drinks is useful for parties, knowledge of wines was useful for dates. But most clients are older than me and know a lot more about wines or even own their own wineries... so couldn't impress them. Wines, blends and wine regions also change all the time and the newer creations are unknown to me.

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Jul 6, 2017

Slinging weed. Hardest part was how to tell my mom that I don't need money to pay for my food/rent/other expenses. At first she got worried that I might have ran out of money then she started to get suspicious later on...

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Jul 6, 2017

That would've been sick though if you just saved all the money she gave you and then gave it back to her once you graduated

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Jul 10, 2017
smokay72:

Slinging weed.

I'm assuming "Smokay72" isn't just a clever name?

Jul 6, 2017

smokay cuz i like the way smoke moves

Jul 6, 2017

Selling fake Nokia's on ebay.

You killed the Greece spread goes up, spread goes down, from Wall Street they all play like a freak, Goldman Sachs 'o beat.

Jul 6, 2017

Ice cream truck.

Jul 6, 2017

Bounced some weekends. Worked some random political campaigns. Retail hell

Jul 6, 2017

Although this thread isn't very relevant to me personally as I was very lucky that my dad was an Director in Ops.

He repeatedly told that he would only pay more college education if it was top 25 school in the world. If I failed, I would have to finance my education.

Looking back I doubt he would leave me out in the cold, but at the time, it lit a fire under my ass to try hard in high school and do well.

Jul 6, 2017

bar back. pretty easy, fast paced, all cash. made couple hundred on a good night if i recall.

Jul 6, 2017
Jul 6, 2017

Worked at Trader Joe's all 4 years.

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Jul 8, 2017

Trader Joes is OVERPRICED and EXPENSIVE. I prefer to get my VEGAN, ORGANIC, GLUTEN FREE, FREE RANGE, GRASSFED food from WHOLE FOODS.

Jul 6, 2017

Joined the Marines and then realized that I fucked myself because I was then obviously working full time and doing school not full time. Fuck it; graduated in 5 years anyway, and I did not really starve.

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Jul 7, 2017

Worked in one of the university's computer labs aka got paid to do homework

Jul 7, 2017

GI Bill.

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Jul 7, 2017

College book store. First and last time working retail.

Jul 7, 2017

I played online poker and was eventually making decent money off midstakes heads up games. Wish I had dedicated more time to it though back when the games were still relatively good!

Jul 7, 2017

I was the computer help desk guy for my school's medical campus. Plenty of people acting shady when you go to fix an issue, and they never realize that it's a dead giveaway they probably have something on their computer. I never found (or even looked) for anything, though.

Jul 7, 2017

Coached and gave baseball lessons on the side

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Jul 7, 2017

photographer at high school dances some weekends, paid $27/hr, not bad

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Jul 8, 2017

Currently utilizing Army ROTC. Gives a 3-4 full tuition scholarship, $600 book allowance/semester, and $350/m stipend that increases $100/yr.
plus amazing leadership experience that "I've heard" employers love.

Jul 8, 2017

A lot of jobs but tutoring paid the best. By far.

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Jul 6, 2017

Last year, I was pretty fortunate and our tutoring service or whatever ran out of 'financial aid' to provide, so I thought they just weren't going to pay me so I was going to turn it down. Turns out they desperately needed someone to tutor econometrics and intermediate micro, so they paid me via direct deposit, easiest money I've ever made.

Jul 8, 2017
  • Extra school tutor for kids in accounting, corporate finance, financial math
  • Public relations for a club (good way for network), Events management for firms and rich clients, and public relations for everything
  • Watches broker (Mostly vintage Rolex)
Jul 8, 2017

Had one shitty job in the mall. Told myself I am never doing it again so I found more interesting stuff through the rest of college as a brand rep or ambassador. If I really needed cash I would try to see if someone posted on Craigslist and needed help with moving or handiwork.

Jul 10, 2017

Tutored rich lacrosse econ majors in Calculus for $80/hour

Jul 10, 2017

I repaired Patek Phillipe watches in my spare time.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 10, 2017

Are you serious? Because that is actually really cool.

Aug 10, 2017

Managed a gym

Oct 9, 2017

Currently in college, work part-time at a high-school in their IT support team. $20 per hour, could be worse..

Oct 9, 2017

random focus groups through some company. paid about $100 for 2 hours about once every week or two

Oct 9, 2017

I love doing these, just struggle to get them on a consistent basis.

Oct 9, 2017

Currently in college, just got a job as an Assistant Real Estate Agent. It's mostly just answering the phone, putting together presentations, and CTRL + C and CTRL + V. Pays $125 per week. And then I make about $350-900 per week from Ebay. All my money goes into crypto currencies.

Oct 9, 2017

Do you just sell stuff on Ebay or what?

Oct 9, 2017

traded friend's money. sometimes for huge losses. sometimes for large gains.
made the management fee regardless.

Oct 9, 2017

No... first of all you wouldn't be able to get any of these jobs because they exclusively hire full time. Second, even if you could get these jobs, it'd be a huuuuuge waste of time. "Being around bankers" doesn't count for shit - recruiting in this industry is dominated by prestige (-> OCR), networks/networking (referrals), and experience (usually combined w OCR/referrals). No banker is going to get excited interviewing / having the prospect of working with the person who cleans the shit off the bottom of his toilet... hell, s/he doesn't even want to work with/interview the person in the back office doing all their accounting/compliance/HR/IT needs.

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Oct 9, 2017

Gotcha, Thanks for the response

Oct 9, 2017

He's willing to do whatever it takes. Not everyone is a pompous ass like you seem to believe

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Oct 9, 2017

That would be a bad strategy, full stop.

Find internships where you actually develop transferable skills.

Oct 9, 2017

Okay. Is there anything you can do while school is in session that would maybe help you get work experience or is it best to just focus on school, reading, being involved with on-campus clubs, etc.?

Oct 9, 2017

Look around for professors doing research in finance, Econ, etc. Most universities have professors producing academic or professional research outside of the classroom. This helped me get a job (I did some research with a finance professor as a Sophomore), and helped one of my friends get a great job in computer science because she did research with a CS professor.

You can often get either $$ or credit hours for participating, and it's interesting experience on a resume.

Oct 9, 2017

I will have to check that out. Thanks for the response!

Oct 9, 2017

10 - 20 hours/week shouldn't really affect your grades

Oct 9, 2017

Its all about opportunity costs. Is the job actually worth 10 hours of your time? Do you need the cash (or is it unpaid)? I worked 10 hours a week and was able to maintain a decent GPA and it really wasn't a problem (nor was it much help resume wise or financially).

Honestly my 10 hour a week job made little difference in my life at that time, and just became like another class for me, just something that was a part of my day. I normally didn't start homework before 8-9pm before I had the job anyway.

Oct 9, 2017

10 hours or less is pretty easy and should not hurt your grades. Obviously you will have a little less time to hang out, but if you stay on top of your work it should not be a problem. More than 20 hours a week is no fun.

Oct 9, 2017

I work 20 hours a week at GE as a finance intern. It's not modeling/IB related by any means, but I get a lot of responsibility, and really did get a understanding of operations in a core business.

I was hesitant at first, since my classes aren't the easiest, but I cut back on having fun during the week (pretty rare at my school anyway) and just have a good time on weekends.

This has been worth it so far, as my experiences there for the last 6 months has been a selling point for me when talking to alumni and people are banks (BBs and boutiques). I actually found I did better GPA wise too with the 20 hours (got 4.0 this semester), but this was probably bc i work better under pressure.

Oct 9, 2017

After having done a bunch of random jobs during college and looking back on it now, nothing but real internships actually helped me get a job.

Even if this internship is unpaid, it's worth it if you can do something related to banking/finance as it will help you a lot when it comes to applying to SA/FT jobs down the road.

Taking a job for money in college is really not worth it because you just can't make that much from a formal job at that stage; you should try to learn as much as you can/get good experience even if it means taking an unpaid internship.

Oct 9, 2017

Internships got me my current job. GPAs doesn't matter without any experience, unless you know a SMD somewhere.

Oct 9, 2017

Since freshman year I have interned 20 hours a week and took between 12-18 credits a semester. I am a senior now and coming from a non-target my internships and high GPA has enabled me to secure a FT S&T offer for 2008 at a BB. I found that as long as I scheduled my classes and internship on different days I was fine. Also, I made sure that my manager understood that school came first and that I would need to take a few days off for finals. If you go to a non-target a strongly suggest you do the internship.

Good luck

Oct 9, 2017

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Oct 9, 2017

This was tough as I was a college football player as well so in the fall I wal spending 40-50 hours a week on football, and then 10 on a job. Don't think it affected my grades since I prob would have wasted the 10 hours. There were some ugly weeks around midterms, but I still have a great social life and one of my strongest selling points was that I knew how to allocate my time and could havdle I-banking hours.

Oct 9, 2017

How did you get a hedge fund SA job Navy Suit?

Oct 9, 2017

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Oct 9, 2017

I worked madly throughout college since my parents didn't give me any spending money. It was great though, since I made a lot of money and managed to make my first few job mistakes at a less important job and learn the game of office politics before moving into i-banking. (which is important since there are many smart people, but there is a game to play) It's actually through my jobs that I found the job that I am working at now, since I was working for another company on the same floor as my bank, god to know the guys and then after I graduated and said goodbye to my old company, I joined theirs.

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Oct 9, 2017

For a non-target, it is essential.

Oct 9, 2017

Why is it essential? I know many people in banking who didn't work during the school year but still got into banking.

Oct 9, 2017

mwgr5, can you read?

Oct 9, 2017

mrbellaiche, I'm not sure what your comment is about. I realize that people have posted that working during the school year has helped them but no one has said it is essential. I know solid summer internships are essential but I had never heard that working during the school year is essential.

Oct 9, 2017

mrbellaiche, I'm not sure what your comment is about. I realize that people have posted that working during the school year has helped them but no one has said it is essential. I know solid summer internships are essential but I had never heard that working during the school year is essential.

Oct 9, 2017

it is referring to the fact that it's a non-target school. Plenty of kids from targets never worked during the school year and got jobs, yes.

Oct 9, 2017

Yes, for non-targets. I mean it depends what type of non-target obviously (meaning if it is Johns Hopkins or top 5 LA it may not apply), but your experience is the only way for you to really differentiate yourself from the targets. I attended a semi-target (as of recently), but I had to network my way to any positions that I was interested in. The only way I got people to push my resume (despite the 3.9+ GPA and extra currics) was the fact that I had boutique research from various places PRIOR to my junior summer. Plus, if you go to a state school, working throughout the year makes your situation look more finance-oriented and not so much intellect-oriented. Adds a great point for your story ("self-financed college 100%"). Good luck.

Oct 9, 2017

Only if you are a little girl with cancer will you have trouble with 10 hours a week

Oct 9, 2017

What about research for a finance professor during the school year?

Oct 9, 2017

sharpin your skills maybe or else you are just an unpaid employee

Oct 9, 2017

Pile on as much as you can, what else would you be doing anyways? It's not like college is that demanding, unless you are a dual bio-chem/ comp sci major...
Internships are great, but they are not the only thing. Part time jobs are fine as well, especially in sales... Just learn to budget your time effectively and you will be doing just fine.
I took 19-18 credits for 3 consecutive quarters (thats about 5 classes a quarter), and I would pile them all up on two days, start school at 8 and finish at 6; the other days I would work both at my part time job, and at my internship. Just don't get sloshed everyday, and you should be ok.

The more you take upon yourself, the less you have time to surf the web. It's good to be productive.

Doing a masters program with some dissertations is a different thing though...

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Oct 9, 2017

Great res, and yes go for it.

Oct 9, 2017

I would put it under your Education section as a sub-bullet, right under "Awards". You could say:
Time Management: Full course load while working 30 hours a week at Bulge Bracket Bank throughout college

But great resume overall. Good job.

Oct 9, 2017

You spelled restaurant wrong

Oct 9, 2017

...I know, I mentioned that in my other post.

Oct 9, 2017

no one respond to this troll. use the search function b1tch.

Oct 9, 2017

haha relax

Oct 9, 2017

lol people on WSO are so paranoid about trolls it's almost comical

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Oct 9, 2017

stockbrokers

All things are possible with Him i have to deal

Oct 9, 2017

getco traders

Oct 9, 2017

or gs principal strats perhaps

Oct 9, 2017
shorttheworld:

or gs principal strats perhaps

I thought they shut that down?

Oct 9, 2017

silverlake

Oct 9, 2017

Pay is relative to the location you're in. Being in NYC and saying "I MAKE $140k ALL-IN, BALLIN!" is not as good as being in Cincinnati and making $70k working in P&G. Cost of living matters.

Oct 9, 2017
lavak3:

Pay is relative to the location you're in. Being in NYC and saying "I MAKE $140k ALL-IN, BALLIN!" is not as good as being in Cincinnati and making $70k working in P&G. Cost of living matters.

Except no matter what, Cincinnati and anywhere else in Ohio is not ballin no matter what. Ask lebron

Cost of living isn't shit if the quality of life sucks dick too

Oct 10, 2017

You can make over $9000 in research.

Oct 10, 2017
Flake:

You can make over $9000 in research.

Research isn't what it used to be.

Oct 10, 2017

do you mean where the average is highest or where the potential is the highest?

I know guys at top prop shops who pulled in 120k+ GBP first year all in

Oct 9, 2017

What is the industry average highest in cities with large financial sectors eg: NYC, LA, Chicago, Houston

Oct 10, 2017

It's better than tree fiddy.

Oct 10, 2017

I know a couple guys doing HF out of ugrad making more than NY BB IB.

Those guys are not normal though.

Oct 10, 2017

High end escort...assuming you have the "chops".

Oct 10, 2017

Top bucket at Citadel is ~220k first year. DE Shaw probably pays a lot to analysts (~120+bonus or so). Prop shops with performance comp if you are a star at Jump/IMC/Optiver or other places that have you trading almost immediately (Jane Street/SIG/DRW have ~1 year year training programs) could pay the most. Hudson River Trading, AQR, QVM, Two Sigma and GETCO pay a lot, anywhere from 150-300 first year likely.

PE Analyst gigs at Megafunds probably pay a lot as well.

Oct 10, 2017

these guys working in oil fields in the arctic. But these guys are tougher than BX restructuring interns.

Oct 10, 2017

Haha Ohio... what a joke

Oct 10, 2017

You could see if there are any student research assistant positions available with a professor in the econ or related department at your school. Or look around your school's local surroundings for any financial firms you could interview at for an internship over the semester. Personally I think the best way to do it during the semester is to just focus on crushing your grades and getting what needs to be done for summer internships, making sure you're getting solid ECs in, and working a part time job somewhere low stress to have some money to go out on the weekends and have fun.

Oct 10, 2017

My parents worked hard?

Oct 10, 2017
Ray Finkle:

My parents worked hard?

Haha relax so do mine. I won't be paying for anything I just want some money. I wrote a check of just 3 grand to give to a broker I know so that will make me some money. I just asked this to see if any of you guys did something 'out of the ordinary' to make money.
But yea I was thinking about tutoring and hopefully tutoring the girls tennis or volleyball team.

Oct 10, 2017

I worked nights as a bouncer in a psych ward homie. Sack up.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 10, 2017

I had at least two jobs every semester of college, working between 10-20 hours a week. Tutoring, tour guide, building admin, etc. Kept me in Chinese food and beer.

Oct 10, 2017

Wendy's > no income.

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Oct 10, 2017

TA in some classes.

Oct 10, 2017

part time internships that continued from the school year. it's a challenge to balance with school sometimes, but i had great internships all four years that set me up well for a BB IBD full time offer.

Oct 10, 2017

*continued from the summer into the school year

Oct 10, 2017

Tutoring, research... luckily didn't have to work too many hours

Oct 10, 2017

If your looking for trading advice or anything like that I doubt you will get it here. Most people would honestly advice you take unpaid internships as we feel the experience and boost to your CV will be much better than a few grand made over the course of the semester. However if you are intent on making some cash working for your school is an easy thing to do, no commute and flexible hours around classes.

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Oct 10, 2017

Also I am going to a non target school so larger population and larger amount of dumb asses to scam??

Oct 10, 2017

Sell drugs? Run a sports betting operation? Play poker? Pimp sorostitutes?

Oct 10, 2017

Its definitely possible to subsidize some boozing playing online poker. I know for me the big problem is that I can't afford to play with enough money to make a lot of money, so its really time consuming. I think its better than doing other shit tho. Could try it out.

Oct 10, 2017

online poker = too many bots, scam rings now. 2006 was the last of the golden years where the fish were plenty.

Oct 10, 2017

i work at IT repairing computers and teaching people how to do stuff on their computers

Oct 10, 2017

whore your self out? There's gotta be plenty of lonely wives around.

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Oct 10, 2017

Unpaid/paid internships ...and trade a lot on the side

Oct 10, 2017

Whatever you do don't scam old laddies.

Oct 10, 2017

If you need to come here for ideas on how to make money without working then you will never make money without working. To answer your question, Bartending is a great side job for students because you can make a decent amount of money and it is actually fun.

"One should recognize reality even when one doesn't like it, indeed, especially when one doesn't like it." - Charlie Munger

Oct 10, 2017
cplpayne:

If you need to come here for ideas on how to make money without working then you will never make money without working. To answer your question, Bartending is a great side job for students because you can make a decent amount of money and it is actually fun.

Good luck getting the job, unless you know the owner or have ginormous tits.

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

-Niccolo Machiavelli

Oct 10, 2017

WTF? Why do you assume most ppl here have MBAs and are making a lot of money and are successful? Second, how do you think people make money in college if they don't have a part time job??? You don't mean to sound like a douche but you sound a bit worse. I won't say like what cause I don't mean to sound like an ass :).

Anyway, the only way you gonna make money in college is by working and some by trading (which is still a form of work).

Do what you want not what you can!

Oct 10, 2017

I waited tables and bartended full time.

Oct 10, 2017

Slingin' crack rock.

Oct 10, 2017

tutored SATs at $30/hour through a local company. didn't get many hours so i worked as a cashier as well.

Money Never Sleeps? More like Money Never SUCKS amirite?!?!?!?

Oct 10, 2017

Poker both live and online (games have gotten considerably harder in the past 3 years).

"Oh the ladies ever tell you that you look like a fucking optical illusion" - Frank Slaughtery 25th Hour.

Oct 10, 2017

Male Escort Service =D

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Oct 10, 2017

Myself and a friend started brewing our own beer and selling it in keg form to frat houses and other groups that threw parties. Eventually we started hosting events at the college bars - we didn't get to sell our beer, but we kept all of the cover charged.

Friends of mine ran a poker game in their house. They would rake X dollars every 30 minutes or something. It was very profitable, but it was also very illegal and eventually some not no nice people found out about it and demanded a cut.

A buddy who went to law school started a company called Tickets, which helped people fight traffic tickets. He ended up selling it for a boatload when he graduated.

Oct 10, 2017

1) held on to a diversified portfolio of income producing assets

2) dated a rich girl who's parents lived close to campus and liked to drop by and throw money around

Oct 10, 2017
International Pymp:

1) held on to a diversified portfolio of income producing assets

Curious as to how you had the original means for this portfolio considering it would have to have been a fairly large portfolio to produce a decent income.

"One should recognize reality even when one doesn't like it, indeed, especially when one doesn't like it." - Charlie Munger

Oct 10, 2017

I mostly tutored to make money. It's great because if you tutor for your university you'll make around $9 (that's what I got), they will completely work around your schedule and many times people don't even come in so you are getting paid to do homework. If you tutor privately, you can charge even more (I hear between $15-30) and have a very flexible schedule. Every once in awhile when I was really strapped for cash I would DD for a night (Charge $2 a person for usually very short trips = lots of quick cash). Haha, and the last why I got is to sell plasma. Roommate does it and makes $60/week for two donations/week,

Oct 10, 2017

Found a job through the university in their property management group. $12/hr, roughly 20hrs/week. It was awesome money at the time. Didn't have to pay for rent, so it covered beer, food, clothes, etc.

Oct 10, 2017

I bartend/barback at a college bar in our downtown. Money's good. Anywhere from $75-100 for a 5 hour night. Try to find a gig like that. I started as a door man/bouncer if you will and got "promoted" after a few months.

Definitely doesn't help your GPA though; sometimes getting hammered for free is just too tempting....

Oct 10, 2017

not my primary source of income, but if you want to make a few extra bucks you can get a router and share internet with ppl. i have 8 ppl i share internet with, charge them 20 each, and they take care of my cell phone bill every month.

Oct 10, 2017

I sold weed.

Oct 10, 2017
jmayhem:

I sold weed.

Ditto

Oct 10, 2017
jmayhem:

I sold weed.

not even funny how little work/ how much you make a week doing this on a college campus

Oct 10, 2017

i had a tutoring/teaching job that paid $50/hr, so i do that for 2 months in the summer and rack up the money to spend during the school year...

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Oct 10, 2017

I've had sales jobs and i now have a tutoring job.

What jobs stand out during recruiting do you think?

Oct 10, 2017

If you have any ability to play poker, go on exchange to hong kong, and spend your weekends in macau playing poker (the poker glory days are still here in Asia - people don't have a clue how to play). I'm doing this now for my last semester, and am making more money than I will when I start working as an analyst FT starting this summer.

Oct 10, 2017

I tutored for 50$ an hour and found an arbitrage strategy (not scallable unfortunately). In my last year of college I was saving over 2000$ a month. Also, I figured out a way to get my alcohol free in most bars, so partying didn't cost me an arm and a leg like it does for many students. I was also joining every business/whatever competition that paid cash prizes.

If I could do it again, I would try to launch a proper business on a larger scale.

EDIT: I must stress that I did not do it alone. We were (still are) a very close group of 4-5 friends.

My parents gave me 100$ per week until I started tutoring more extensively. Summer internships always paid well (I had 3 stints) and I was careful with my money.

Oct 10, 2017

My GS homey went super long russian bonds post default in '98 and made enough to lease a penthouse and a 7-series his senior year.

Oct 10, 2017

Math Tutor, Live Poker, and Resident Assistant. RA was a great job because you get substantial pay (Room + Board) for minimal hours a week and while you're on duty you can still do homework or hang out.

Oct 10, 2017

I used to play on poker stars a few years back. My older brother only gave me 5 dollars but turned it into 100 but then I got in trouble haha but what do you mean play in Macau?
http://www.pokerstarsmacau.com/
Play in these tourneys online?

Oct 10, 2017

You're in college. Sell weed, live well.

Oct 10, 2017

for my first 2 years of undergrad i worked at starbucks(good place for networking)....last two years I traded my FX retail account for income. My parents also gave me $50 a week for expenses(gas, extra food, [booze]).

Thing i wish i would have done----a couple of my buddies were THE campus bookies, fucking TONS of stupid kids trying to bet with thousands of student loan money. They ran it all year round, on a good week they would clear around 2k, on a bad week around $800. If you have a decent amount of money going into college(>5k),and you know sports and the structures of how bookmaking works, I would say to partner up with a couple buddies and run a book, because you will make a killing.

Oct 10, 2017

I would recommend people start some type of business in their spare time. Identify something that would make life better as a student, or find a market that is poorly run around campus, or just something you are passionate about.

I started a business my sophomore year which forced me to learn a bunch of tech skills, develop client skills, and learn to work on a team. Even if your business isn't too successful, you are essentially paying ~$90 (for the LLC) to have a ridiculously strong bullet point on your resume. If the business does do well, you can make an hourly rate that would be multiples higher than normal college jobs.

Almost every interview I ever had, the person would ask me about the business and it was a very unique accomplishment to highlight practically any strength I wanted.

RA isn't bad either, as mentioned above.

Oct 10, 2017

Coded up some low-key algorithms for FX/commodities trading in C++ ; got hold of some large datasets for backtesting ; had a friend write a Java script for automatic execution. Worked out real well with the right money management in place. Once it was up and running it was pretty much stress-free (unlike going crazy trading on fundamentals). Yes, it might be more time-consuming and less straight-forward than a part-time job and you also need some money to get started, but it taught me a tremendous amount about the markets, pushed my C++ to a new level and certainly gave me a lot to talk about in interviews.

Oct 10, 2017
alphaalpha:

Coded up some low-key algorithms for FX/commodities trading in C++ ; got hold of some large datasets for backtesting ; had a friend write a Java script for automatic execution. Worked out real well with the right money management in place. Once it was up and running it was pretty much stress-free (unlike going crazy trading on fundamentals). Yes, it might be more time-consuming and less straight-forward than a part-time job and you also need some money to get started, but it taught me a tremendous amount about the markets, pushed my C++ to a new level and certainly gave me a lot to talk about in interviews.

Did you buy the datasets? Generally finding (free) error free databases free of survivorship bias is impossible. Just curious since the cost of purchasing such datasets could be prohibitive if you don't have enough capital.

Oct 10, 2017
alphaalpha:

Coded up some low-key algorithms for FX/commodities trading in C++ ; got hold of some large datasets for backtesting ; had a friend write a Java script for automatic execution. Worked out real well with the right money management in place. Once it was up and running it was pretty much stress-free (unlike going crazy trading on fundamentals). Yes, it might be more time-consuming and less straight-forward than a part-time job and you also need some money to get started, but it taught me a tremendous amount about the markets, pushed my C++ to a new level and certainly gave me a lot to talk about in interviews.

Did you generate trading signals on MACD or Stochastic cross-overs?

Just kidding. I'm currently learning MQL and I intend to potentially automate my trend following "system".

Regarding technicals, I too used to be quite skeptical, but there is no doubt in my mind that I've become a lot more profitable when using technicals compared to impulsive trades based on fundamentals. I guess it would be ideal to use both. It took me a while to realize that the most important aspect is having a back-tested system and following it with discipline.

I win here, I win there...

Oct 10, 2017

I'm curious to know what you guys mean by "trading FX". I have yet to see someone come up with an actual strategy rather than disguised gambling.

Oct 10, 2017
mxc:

I'm curious to know what you guys mean by "trading FX". I have yet to see someone come up with an actual strategy rather than disguised gambling.

i learned some programming languages (mql, lua) and compiled a profitable algo strategy. I also used a very profitable discretionary system.

Oct 10, 2017
  1. Apply to be an RA (covers your room and board, basically an excuse to make 5 to 10k a semester for going through training and doing 2 hrs of work/wk)
  2. Work-study --> easy 1 to 2k a semester for sitting there and doing your hw
  3. High-risk portfolio --> Chuck a few grand at some high-risk investment theses. Know your risk profile... you're young so go balls to the wall with penny stocks, etc... I ended up making 5k as a freshman in one semester by going long C/BAC at the bottom of the market. This has the added effect of improving your knowledge of financial markets.
  4. Part-time internship, start your own business, tutoring, etc...

--------- (gray area)

  1. Taking tests for other people, writing essays for them, doing their HW --> Was offered $300 to take a final once. Didn't do it but it on principle, but it would be very easy to get away with (only applies in certain cases)
  2. Sell weed
Oct 10, 2017

Besides my internships, I sold fake ids, ages ago, and traded options in my brokerage account. I never sold a single id to anyone on my campus. I had a network of 10-12 buddies, what I would call wholesalers, at different colleges that would "promote" my services. As long as I received $80 per id I didn't care what my buddies sold them for. I ended up perfecting the id and realized that I was on top of my game so I might as well get out on top. I later heard that a FoF's relative worked for the dmv and thought the id I made was flawless. I didn't make a ton of money from the operation, but I made enough to have fun, pay for my partying, and travel while in school.

Oct 10, 2017
kingtut:

Besides my internships, I sold fake ids, ages ago, and traded options in my brokerage account. I never sold a single id to anyone on my campus. I had a network of 10-12 buddies, what I would call wholesalers, at different colleges that would "promote" my services. As long as I received $80 per id I didn't care what my buddies sold them for. I ended up perfecting the id and realized that I was on top of my game so I might as well get out on top. I later heard that a FoF's relative worked for the dmv and thought the id I made was flawless. I didn't make a ton of money from the operation, but I made enough to have fun, pay for my partying, and travel while in school.

much respect. I never made IDs but I definitely benefited from people like you haha.

Oct 10, 2017
kingtut:

Besides my internships, I sold fake ids, ages ago, and traded options in my brokerage account. I never sold a single id to anyone on my campus. I had a network of 10-12 buddies, what I would call wholesalers, at different colleges that would "promote" my services. As long as I received $80 per id I didn't care what my buddies sold them for. I ended up perfecting the id and realized that I was on top of my game so I might as well get out on top. I later heard that a FoF's relative worked for the dmv and thought the id I made was flawless. I didn't make a ton of money from the operation, but I made enough to have fun, pay for my partying, and travel while in school.

Thank you.

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Oct 10, 2017
Smithers22:

Alright I will state my question first and that is "How did you guys make money in college"
Now obviously I can type that question in on Google and get a bunch of results telling me to get a part time job or maybe mow some lawns but honestly fuck that. The reason I am asking that question on this website is because these are the guys I want to listen to. You are the ones that are making X amount of money on wall street and on a forum discussing it. This is probably the only forum on the internet that I know about that I can respect. I mean internet forums are pretty gay if you ask me with all the emo forums, video game forums and moms blanketing their opinions. But this forum is different, white collared men with MBAs on an Internet Forum? Thats why I am putting my question on this website.
If I sound like a douche bag on this post I apologize but I am just curious what stories I am going to hear. You are the guys who are making money so I am just wondering what are some possibilities on making money in college. Legal or not illegal (kidding but maybe not just watched boiler room) So asshole remarks are welcome and if i don't get any serious opinions so be it this is monkeying around anyway.

PM sent.

Oct 10, 2017

Can't you get like 150 for sperm donation?

"Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America."

Oct 10, 2017
Eric Stratton:

Can't you get like 150 for sperm donation?

then it's not a donation

"Have you ever tried to use a chain with 3 weak links? I have, and now I no longer own an arctic wolf."
-Dwight Schrute

Oct 10, 2017

I participated in research and built bolt action rifles.

I am not cocky, I am confident, and when you tell me I am the best it is a compliment.
-Styles P

Oct 10, 2017

If there is a casino nearby, you should play cards with the party crowd after they are drunk. Easy money! Otherwise, sell your blood.

Oct 10, 2017

Two words: Covered Calls.

I win here, I win there...

Oct 10, 2017
Bi-Winning:

Two words: Covered Calls.

Two words: Naked Puts

Oct 10, 2017

I was a high-class escort. My ivy league credentials pulled in a lot of classy men. Made hundreds an hour.

Oct 10, 2017

Panhandled. Serious bank there.

Oct 10, 2017

Apparently there was a HYPSW girl who was able to pay her way through school with nude photography. Not porn, mind you. Or should I say HYPSW troll.

Oct 10, 2017

Work Study!

The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.

Oct 10, 2017

Purchase textbooks from students and re-sell them online. Seriously. Our on campus book store bought back textbooks for around 10% of the cover price which is pure poppy cock. You DO have to do a little research and make sure the courses aren't constantly updating to new editions, and that the books you purchase are in high demand (i think Amazon has a sales ranking) but i made 5-6k at the end of semesters by purchasing back old books for double what the bookstore was offering to buy them back at, and then re-listing them online for double what i bought them for.

Here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, you are the sucker.

Oct 10, 2017

Or get an adderall prescription and slang it

Here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, you are the sucker.

Oct 10, 2017

Real Estate Broker - easy money in NYC
Poker
Purchased cheap textbooks from abroad and resold them on campus

Oct 10, 2017

My freshman/sophmore years, I got an on campus job in the computer labs. I would make sure I signed up for the late night shift (7-11pm) as the labs were usually empty then, and I would generally do about 10-20 minutes of real work on a shift. Essentially I collected checks to do homework and talk on IM, though the pay was just above minimum. During those summers I waited tables at a nicer place, and made bank- I was working 60 hours a week and busting my ass, but I made more there than I did at my first job.

Later as the .com boom reached its peak, I got a job that only required me to do slightly more work for double the pay, and was viable work experience. I got a real internship my last two summers and winters that paid well.

I was the opposite of the typical poor college student. I had no debt due to scholarships, and plenty of free cash flow. I didn't even play the markets then, though I should have.

Oct 10, 2017

Underwear model

Oct 10, 2017
Clarkey:

Underwear model

Tim Tebow?

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 10, 2017

Worked for University foundation (calling alum) ~4 nights a week. Bartender ~3 nights a week.