Best Jobs for College Students in Tampa

Tampa is a city going through a resurgence. The downtown is booming, the population is surging, and the Universities are growing right along with it. University of South Florida alone is now home to over 50,000 students! All this growth is good news for those students looking for work because it equates to more job opportunities. Some of our favorites are listed below.

1. Papa Pal

Papa is an on-demand caregiver provider for senior populations across the country. The senior population continues to grow, especially in Florida, so this means that Papa in continuing need to expand their Papa Pal workforce. The best part about working with Papa is that you get to make a real difference in other people’s lives. It’s great to make some money while getting an education. It’s even better to truly impact people positively while you do it.

Our seniors are often disregarded or simply not given the amount of care and attention they need. Papa plans to fix that, and they’d love your help. With flexible hours, a strong support network, and real human experience, Papa is a perfect job option for college students. Check out the Papa website to learn more and apply!

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2. University Jobs

Sometimes the simplest solution is the right one. Have you ever thought to ask your college staff department if they are hiring? Colleges and Universities are constantly hiring students for administrative positions, office assistants, help in the tech department, or with student relations. There are tons of jobs that are set aside each year specifically for active students to fill.

Even if there isn’t an opportunity at the University you’re attending, don’t be discouraged. There are plenty of other options in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

3. Restaurants

A lot of people have a bad perception of jobs in the service industry. Late nights and stressful shifts are some of the thoughts that come to mind. Once you get the hang of it though, restaurant jobs, whether you’re a waiter, busboy, or bartender can be a lot of fun! Not to mention they typically pay cash and come with some perks like discounted food & drink when you visit off-hours.

If you can work 5+ nights a week (including weekends), you should rake in plenty of money to get you through your college years.

4. Tutor

Tutoring is a great way to take advantage of skills you already have and make money doing it. Is there a class you have down pat that others seem to struggle with? There are always students struggling in whatever classes you may be taking or have already taken, so the demand is there. Those same students are willing to pay for your help!

Did you know tutors make anywhere from $30-$60 an hour depending on the criteria? A few flyers posted on campus along with some social media marketing can drum up a client base for you in no time.


At Papa, we are here to help you find flexible jobs that fit in with your schedule. It's time to apply now and make that extra cash!

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Six Fun Activities for You to Do With a Senior

If you’re a senior care companion, you understand the benefit of helping your senior become socially engaged. It adds to happiness and good mental health, which are important components in overall well-being.

As a Pal, you may be tasked with bringing a smile to your senior’s face through interesting, fun and engaging activities.

If you’re looking for ideas, we have six suggestions to consider for your next companion care visit.

Six fun activities for seniors

Your senior may be interested in getting out of the house, or they may prefer to stay indoors. Regardless of individual preferences, you can always find activities for seniors to help them feel at ease, motivated and even “in their element.”

These six activities are fun for both Pals and seniors alike:


You can probably find a variety of picnicking locations that range from a quaint backyard to a national park.

Use your imagination and ask your senior what scenery they prefer.

Then, whether beach, forest, park bench or flower garden, pack up a picnic lunch (complete with picnic basket) and head out to enjoy lunch in a much different setting!


Being closer to flowers and trees Has a calming effect on people. Working the earth with your hands and helping things grow is therapeutic.

Gardening is an activity that requires creativity, patience and hands-on work—research if you’re not sure what to do.

All these things can help stimulate your senior’s focus and concentration and can be a welcome change of pace from the indoors.

Board and card games

The options are endless with this activity. Talk with your senior—they probably have a favorite game and may delight in teaching you how to play.

It’s also fun to find a game your senior may not know about and ask them if they’d care to learn. Variety is the spice of life.

Cooking or baking

Making a meal or snack together allows you to bond with your senior and even learn a great new recipe! Or, you may be feeling adventurous and can scour the internet or cookbooks to find a recipe together—something neither of you has ever tried.

Park visits

The great outdoors is good for the soul. Taking a trip to a local park or nature preserve allows your senior to get some fresh air and maybe even get a few steps.

You can sit by the water, watch the wildlife or just people watch. All of these are benefits of visiting your community green space.


Arts and crafts

Creativity helps keep senior minds active—and it’s fun, too. You might choose a project that helps your senior create something functional, such as a scrapbook, greeting card, potholder or ceramic dish.

Other ideas include painting, drawing, making greeting cards, flower arranging and knitting/crocheting.

Looking for senior companionship?

Our Papa Pals can show you an amazing social experience, help with meal prep, light housework and more. To sign up for a 30-day free trial visit

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Five Ways Your Loved One Can Benefit From a Papa Pal

You want to be sure your aging family member gets the care they need. But you might not be able to visit all the time and help out, especially if you have a full-time job or don’t live nearby.

A Papa Pal Caregiver can give you peace of mind and the social experiences your elderly loved one needs.

This could include help with grocery shopping and meal prep to ensure they’re eating properly.

Or maybe your loved one needs help with light housekeeping.

What if they enjoy going for walks but can’t get out without assistance? And if they live on their own, they may simply look forward to social interactions—conversation, crafts or card games, for example. Well, a senior Pal caregiver can provide these services!

Five Benefits of Senior Companion Caregivers

A Papa Pal provides services that add to the health and well-being of the senior in your life. This includes all of the following:

Prevents depression

As people age, they may feel isolated from the rest of society. This can be due to the loss of a spouse, decreased mobility or independence.

Through regular, caring contact with a Papa Pal, your loved one will receive the compassionate support and assistance that adds a ray of sunshine to each day.

Supports cognitive function

Activities such as games and art projects are fun, but that’s not all. They also provide a mental challenge that helps an older mind maintain concentration and focus.

Activities like playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, painting or knitting help your loved one’s mind stay active and engaged.

Provides technology support

Ours is quickly becoming a technology-driven world, and many seniors feel lost when it comes to smartphones, email, and the internet.

But these things are often a must when it comes to paying bills or staying in touch with family and friends.

Papa Pals can answer questions and help your loved one understand and use technology without frustration.

Assists in nutritional health

Older adults with limited mobility may find themselves eating poorly simply because they can’t access the foods they need for good health.

A Papa Pal can help your loved one get to the grocery store to purchase fresh, healthy foods and prepare well-balanced meals for them.

Adds to quality of life

Variety is the spice of life! Papa Pals help your loved one expand their social circle and include activities in their daily lives that may have once been present.

Papa Pals are like grandkids on-demand, providing the social experiences, transportation, and support that adds to a joyful existence.

Interested in Senior Caregiving Services?

Assistance and socialization services for seniors is a unique way to provide your elderly loved one with compassionate support and social experiences.

Papa is the first-ever provider that connects you to nursing and healthcare students specially trained to support your loved ones.

To sign up for a free trial or to learn more about the services our Papa Pals provide, please contact us today!