The Gig Economy is the Fastest Growing Part of the Economy
Students gain experience with flexible work that fits into their schedule, building their resume and portfolio.
What is the gig economy?
Jobs in the gig economy are jobs consisting of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs. This is one of the fastest growing types of work, with many experts predicting that 50% of workers will be involved in the gig economy in the next five years. We think exposing students to different projects and gigs is very important, because it helps students build up skills and experience in their field, while also expose them to a wide range of local businesses.
Why is it relevant to me?
Working gigs and projects is great for students, especially during the school year. Most students can’t balance a consistent internship with classes during the school year, but they can fit in short gigs into their schedule when they have free time. Gigs are great because they give students the short-term benefit of money, and a long-term benefit of building skills and their resume.
How many opportunities are there?
There are endless gigs and projects students are able to do for local small businesses, from graphic design, video production, content writing, SEO, social media, sales, client communication, web development, and much much more. There are so many ways students can get involved and learn valuable skills.
Who else does it help?
The gig economy is very important for small businesses, because they have several needs for their company, but they don’t have the capital to hire a student intern for 30 hours a week. They may just need a graphic or a video made, but the cost of going to a firm is much too high. Students are a very capable workforce that can help out small businesses significantly through gigs and projects.