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Question #90343 posted on 09/09/2017 4:14 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm starting an intensive major program at BYU this semester. It runs 10-4 most days of the week, with 2 or 3 tests every Friday. The professors discourage working while being in the program because of how difficult it is to work and keep up with the information. However, I feel really guilty that my husband is working and I'm not. If possible, I would love to find a job that would work with my schedule. I would have Saturdays open to work a job, but I can't think of any jobs that are Friday nights and Saturdays only...and even if I did, I'm not so sure I want to never be able to be with my husband on Friday and Saturday evenings...but also money is good, yaknow? Can any writers think of any jobs that might be weekends only?



Dear Mellifluous,

Try being a grader for a class. Most likely you would still have to work throughout the week, but from my understanding (major disclaimer: I haven't worked as a grader), you get to clock in whenever is convenient for you. This means you could work for 5 minute intervals throughout the day if you wanted as long as you had wifi to clock in. 

Other possibilities could be working in the Cougareat or concessions just on Saturdays. Having worked in both locations, I recall there being people who would only come in on the weekends. Additionally, those tend to be busier times where some extra employees are welcome.

Those are the only jobs that come to mind that could work for your schedule, but I'd also suggest just applying to all sorts of jobs around you with the disclaimer that you can only do Saturdays.



Dear you,

Rather than making suggestions on how to work, I wanted to address the part of your question indicating guilt that husband works and you aren't.

Right now my husband works full time. I work part time. Do I ever feel guilty about it? Yeah, sure, especially if I'm not contributing to our family in the ways that I feel I should be (say, if I was home all day and knew laundry needed to be done but I read a book instead, not that anything like that EVER happens in the Certainly Household.) But that doesn't mean that the best thing for our family is necessarily for me to go out and get a full-time job as well so that I'm doing the same thing as my husband. 

You can contribute to your family in multiple ways, and it's okay if your contribution to your family doesn't look the same as your husband's. It's fine if he works this semester while you focus on a particularly intensive school semester. It would be fine if you worked some semester while he devoted more effort to just getting by while suffering from a mental or physical illness. It would be fine if you both worked because it was personally fulfilling/important and/or financially necessary. It would be fine if you were in exactly the same program with exactly the same abilities and exactly the same amount of rigor and the two of you decided that person X would take a job and person Y wouldn't because you'd like to have person Y to be able to [cook for the family, fulfill a particular calling, take a break after a stressful time period, etc.]

The point I want to make is that you and your family can look at the contributions you guys are making and decide what the best way for each person to contribute is, even if it's not the same. Maybe working is an important contribution for you to make right now: if so, more power to you and good luck finding a job that will work with your needs! If, however, the best way for your family to "work" right now involves you focusing on things other than work, then you do not need to feel guilty about that. We have families so that we can help and support each other, and a lot of the time that involves people taking on different roles, maybe at different times, and that flexibility is AWESOME to have so don't be ashamed of taking advantage of it.

Good luck with your program!

~Anne, Certainly


Dear you,

You should do concessions for BYU football! They're always looking for people, and all the games this year are on Fridays and Saturdays. It's easy work, and personally I had lots of fun. Plus there isn't a home game every weekend, so you wouldn't have to sacrifice all your time with your husband.

The job is usually posted on the BYU jobs site, but if you can't find it, email me and I'll send you the contact info for concessions people. 



posted on 09/10/2017 3:35 p.m.
You could be on the weekend late-night custodial crew. I think there are several. I know that the Wilk definitely has one and they were looking for people recently so I would start there.
posted on 09/11/2017 3:32 p.m.
Selling Plasma is another thing many college students do to make a bit more money. You can generally make around $345 a month
posted on 09/12/2017 9:34 p.m.
Try event staff! I did it for two years. It can be hard to get jobs sometimes, since event sign ups are first come first served, but almost all events are on Fridays and Saturdays. The only games they require you to work are football. I'm not sure what the hiring process would be like in the middle of the season, but they always need more people for football. Plus the wages are a lot better than most other menial labour jobs (10.25 an hour).