4 Best Jobs for Students in Malaysia Looking for Fast, Quick Money
There are many jobs for students in Malaysia, but the question is, which one can give you fast, quick money?
In this article, I will different types of part time jobs for students in Malaysia, as well as their pros and cons so you can make an informed decision. I’ll also share WHERE you can find the jobs. Let’s start.
#1 – Booth attendant / Promoter / Event staff
Personally, I think this is one of the best jobs for students in Malaysia. I did some myself – the ones I remember:
- Handing out Salonpas samples at multiple pharmacies around KL
- Manning booths during fairs (the ones at malls)
- Tasked as a ‘greeter’ at a corporate event
- Good, immediate money. Payment ranged from RM80-200 per day
- The employers don’t tend to micromanage. They check up once in a while, but mostly leave you to do your work
- If you do good work, the recruiter may remember and get you again for their next events
- Personally, manning booths during fairs were busy but quite fun! Time passes by very fast
- A LOT of opportunities during festive seasons and annual events like book fairs etc
- Tiring. Some of the jobs were all-day jobs, may need to stand for up to 12 hours. You need to be in good health
- Seems to be competitive (but to be fair what job is not competitive nowadays). I was only hired for maybe 1 out of 10 or so applications I submitted
Places to browse for these jobs: I used Parttimejobs. Upal looks good too. Share more good options in the comments section!
#2 – Focus group
Note: not to be mistaken for online survey jobs. Those pay crap. Focus groups are face-to-face discussions, conducted for the purpose of market research.
- GREAT money. I remember being paid RM200 (if I remember correctly) for one 2-hour session
- Easy. All you need to do is be there and answer questions by the moderator and give your own personal opinions on a product/service
- You need to fulfil the exact requirement of that focus group setting, and that’s out of your control. Some may need for you to be a car owner. Others need you to be new mother. There’s a reason why I only did a couple of sessions – I didn’t qualify for the rest
- Timing is fixed. If you can’t make it to the session – usually conducted during office hours – too bad
- Not immediate. Upon signing up in focus group platforms, you may have to wait weeks or months to get an invitation you’re qualified for
- With improvements in technology, I’m not sure if companies still want to shell out money for expensive focus groups tbh. There are other cost-effective ways to conduct market research. I personally think its a dying – if not dead – industry. Feel free to comment
- Can be spammy. I remember receiving bulk invites via email and text, for focus groups I am not eligible for
Places to browse for these jobs: OpinionHero is one option. comment if you’ve tried it or other platforms.
#3 – Service jobs
Simplistically, there are two ways to make money: sell products or sell services.
As a college student, selling products can be a bit hard because you may not have the money to keep stock – unless you get paid by commission, which I’d argue is no longer a part-time job.
Doing service jobs, on the other hand, is selling your time and skills for cash. You can either browse job sites, or offer your own services. Kaodim is a good place to browse for an overview of service jobs:
Personally, I’ve done:
- Tutoring (at an international school) – for 1 year
- Waitressing (at a fancy restaurant near my uni in UK) – for a couple of months
- Catering baked goods – failed before it started
From the limited experience that I had, my favourite was the tutoring one. It paid more and the environment was comfortable.
- Complete autonomy, until you are employed and have to listen to your bosses/clients
- Sometimes you kind of stumble into it when people around you offer to pay you for the services. For example, I’ve certainly told my friend I’d pay good money for their cookies they made and brought to a potluck, and hired someone for their tech services when I see them posting about it online
- Technically unlimited income potential
- (For people who know what services they are good at and can sell) Other people take advantage of your passion and use that as an excuse to pay you less. Unsupportive friends and family may ask for discount or even expect it for free. Have to learn to say no
- (For people who don’t know what skill they can sell) You get stuck in analysis paralysis and can’t pick what to offer
- Differentiating yourself from other similar service providers might be a challenge
- You have to learn marketing, networking etc to get potential customers
Places to browse for these jobs: Go to your preferred job listing websites, or if you want to be self-employed, read my How to Get Clients: A Guide for Malaysian Freelancers article
- How I Get Great Clients Who Pay & Treat Me Well
- How to Charge Clients: 5 Methods Freelancers Can Use
#4 – Student jobs in uni
Some of your schools may put up student job listings. I’ve heard of people working as lecturer assistants, staff at student bookstore, staff at student cafeteria and more.
Personally, I worked as a student DJ when I was studying at UPM. I’m very sure no one tuned in but it sure was fun. Until now I put ‘English DJ at Putra FM’ in my CV.
- Convenient because it’s located right there in school compound
- May give you perks like discounts, free meals and/or access to areas restricted to students. Gives you bragging rights
- Easy to find the job listing – just go to the student center. If it’s not displayed, ask where you can find it
- They don’t usually pay well
- Try not to mess up too badly. May have lasting consequences
Places to browse for these jobs: just go to the student centre. If the job listing is not displayed, ask where you can find it
Thus concludes the 4 types of jobs for students in Malaysia, its pros and cons, and where you can find them. Am I missing any other types of jobs or platforms?
I’d love to hear more tips from you. Share in the comments section your own experience working while studying – what did you do to earn money? Can you share with us how you got the job, and if you’d do it again?
Any tips would be appreciated!
Starbucks + 7eleven. yes highly recommend 7eleven. they pay you twice a month, help with financial management as a student. it rarely busy so I got time to study. Starbucks helps you to be more outspoken and multitasking.
Here what I did during my 2.5 years as law cum international biz student @ UIAM 2009 – 2012
1. Arrange all my class in the morning and finish at 2 pm, no class on Friday and at the weekend.
2. Work at 7E from 3 pm – 11 pm (afternoon shift) or midnight shift (11 pm – 7 am) – full time (RM1100. They pay you twice a month so RM550 gross every 2 weeks :D)
3. Weekend 3 pm – 12 am at Starbucks – part-time (rm6 / hours * 8 hours * 2 shift per week = RM96 * 4 = RM 384 gross)
I have time to sleep soundly and rest every weekend morning and do what I need to do too.
From this budget, even though the amount is not close to RM2,000 but it is enough for me to get by every month without asking much help from anyone, have some good soft skills, do my saving and investment.
4. I also take part in a volunteering program with myHarapan, expose me to lots of things that I could not think of and contribute to who I am today.
Thanks for commenting here Nazirul! I’m so amazed that you factored in timing of your uni classes in order to work while studying. Wow, much respect honestly
Barista at San Francisco Coffee
Cashier at MBO
Multiple event jobs (10AM – 10PM) (on weekends, or sometimes weekdays when I have no class)
Delivering items via Goget (app)
Cashier/Trainer for a trampoline park
I recommend it! It helps boost your resume when you’ve graduated (time management + self motivated). I always tell myself to get a job I’m actually interested in or keen to learn something from. Like how to make good coffee and how to differentiate it with bad coffee.
Where I found these jobs:
parttimeasia (not sure what happened to the site now, can’t seem to find it)
FB groups (Just put in keywords like part time KL, part time selangor to get something within your area)
Malls/Stores near me, so its convenient. Don’t take a job too far away from your uni/home. It’s such a drag to get there.
My tip: Do something you like. You’ll learn something along the way and your employer will definitely be able to catch your enthusiasm. As much as it is about the money, always remember that you’re there to learn new things!
Thanks for commenting here, Mei! Love your tips about location (nearer is convenient!) and picking jobs that you’re interested in learning. Attitude is everything 🙂
I wrote something similar on the blog last year about working part time while studying:
I’ve personally had multiple part time jobs while I was in university for both undergrad and postgrad. Definitely recommend working part time if you can manage your time well because you get to meet other people and brush up on skills and resume.
Most of my jobs are on-campus jobs (International students in the US are limited to on campus jobs), but I am currently doing one which is ~25 mins train ride away from my place (I study in Huddersfield and work in Leeds). But it’s a weekend job so traveling to work while studying is still manageable ☺️
Thanks for commenting here, Syaza! You’re such an inspiration, truly
During uni, my part time side incomes were:
1. Promoter in supermarket rm8-12/hour
2. Brand ambassador in various universities/colleges – usually open booth in a different uni and ask them to fill up survey forms or sign up to play some free games, usually no monetary sales required, but have to get certain amount of sign ups/data collections/surveys per day. Short hours and reasonable pay, but require own transport since not all uni have public transportations. rm10-20/hour
3. Job agent – help clients to look for promoters/brand ambassadors/event crew/part timers/full timers such as accounts, admin staff, sales staff, kindergarten teachers – Fully online based and pay can be as high as rm50/hour doing online, depending how efficient you are in sourcing for people and clients. I did projects which paid rm2k with only 30-40 hours spent online.
4. Event Crew and Performer – More on events in malls/campuses on my hobbies such as speed solving rubik’s cube, speed cups stacking, and dice stack. rm10-20/hour
5. Participating and winning in contests/tournaments/events – This requires skillsets and not everyone can make it, it is competitive but up till certain level since you are mostly competing with people in your uni or an event, not a national level thing, prizes can be iPads, Smart Phones, Hampers, or even some with cash prizes. What I usually do I will win the contests and sell the gadgets online or to friends at a discounted price. For reference, I did contests such as speed typing, and some of my hobbies such as board games, rubik’s cube, cups stack, and more. The one I made most from was speed typing. The earnings is hard to quantify since you take time to acquire certain skillsets(but if these are your hobbies then time doesn’t really matter much), but the contests part is usually short, is either you get it or you don’t, haha. My best record was winning prizes worth rm5k for 3 days spent on the contest.
Thanks for commenting here Neutrals!
I did mainly two jobs:
– Weekend “sampling promoter” girl. Got paid RM60 a day, which was not too bad considering the alternative was to get paid based on commission – more lucrative but I wasn’t sure if I could move that much so I didn’t take that option. The person who hired me was a customer of the mom’s.
– General MPH store staff. I worked almost all day every day except during my scheduled off days. Pay was decent (I think just under 1k takehome?) and it was used to subsidise the cost of printing assignments and transportation. This one I walked in for interview.
Would I do it again? The MPH one maybe. On slow days I took the opportunity to read through some of the books under my care, and they had a fairly interesting book lending policy.
Thanks for commenting, Patricia!
Can you share more about MPH’s book lending policy? Internal policies are fascinating, I’m so curious!
Wow this brings in so much memories that I almost forgot.
Jobs I did during secondary school and uni days:
1) Trade exhibitions helpers (mainly helping with crowd coordinating etc), about RM60-70/day. Free meal + get to see the exhibitions for free.
2) Orchid wrapper, to help wrap orchid plant according to overseas orders at a local farm. Pay was RM250 for 2 days, free meal too.
3) Occasional hypermarket promoter here and there, between RM80-RM120/day.
4) Full time HP customer service during STPM year end break
5) Full time waitress during Form 4 year end break
6) Full time HSBC credit card redemption counter helper during SPM break
7) Freelancing in wedding photography using the camera I bought during internship
There could be other jobs that I did but these were all I remember.
The truth is, I never stopped working since I started my first job, as my mom has been secretly reducing my allowance and I needed to fund my Japanese class at that time.
Now I am working a Japanese speaker position, freelancing in photography, and co-owning an Airbnb side business.
I think uni days were the best time to explore different opportunities, because we had nothing to lose.
Wow Cheryl you did so many things! What nice memories you’ve collected!
Er, how did you find out your mom secretly reduce your allowance?
Wonderful content as always, and on a topic I’m intensely passionate about!
I recall my first foray into raking in my own ringgits at 14, where I started a dropshipping business with a friend. (hardly broke even at times haha! but the learning experience was definitely worth it)
The rest of my secondary school years saw me working a service job at night after school, coupled with sales promoter stints on the weekends. Remember a lot of visits to the discipline office for poor attendance due to late nights at work…
Fast forward to today as a Pre-U college student, where I’m earning a comfortable amount as a self-employed content and copywriter, and most importantly – am deeply in love with my line of work!
Always believe that students should break free from the misconception that due to their young age they have to be confined to pay-per-hour / minimum wage jobs. With all the resources we want in the world attainable at our fingertips, we can do so much better.
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Thanks for your comment, Shen! You’re well on your way, I’m impressed with your mindset!
Baru terbaca artikel ini, dalam kes saya, pernah menjadi tutor dekat universiti selama satu sem. Lepas kontrak tak disambung, saya bekerja sebagai fasilitator di Pusat Sains Negara sampai habis study. Dapatlah duit lebih untuk shopping masa kat uni 🙂
Best sebenarnya kerja sambil study. Banyak pengalaman dan paksa diri elokkan time management. Walaupun duit tak banyak, banyak betul memori 🙂