After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Riyad Twal realized that he wanted to be a doctor—a pediatrician, specifically. That meant taking some additional coursework such as Organic Chemistry, as well as gaining experience by volunteering at local hospitals. To cover his living costs during this pivotal time, Riyad signed up for QuadJobs, hoping to find some jobs near campus.
“It’s only because of QuadJobs that I was able to stay afloat and pursue my dream of medical school,” he says.
Through QuadJobs, Riyad was able to connect to local jobs to earn money. He found work as a tutor and babysitter. But it was a job weeding a backyard that brought even greater opportunities into Riyad’s life.
“I applied for and was hired to do a big weeding job. The family had been living elsewhere for a year and the yard was pretty overgrown,” Riyad explains. He spent several days weeding, impressing his employer with his strong work ethic and professionalism. The job grew to include other projects around the house—converting an old shed into a work area, hauling materials to the dump.
As Riyad continued to work hard, he began to get to know his employer. The employer had noticed that Riyad’s QuadJobs profile mentioned his desire to apply to medical school. It turned out that he was a successful orthopedic surgeon, a graduate of Columbia medical school who was happy to advise and help a hardworking young QuadJobber looking to follow a similar course.
“He has turned into an incredible mentor,” says Riyad. “I am so grateful to QuadJobs for helping me to make this career-changing connection.”
Even small jobs can lead to tremendous opportunities. We hear these stories all the time. And they all start the same way: With hardworking QuadJobs college students who show up for any job prepared to work and get it done well.
QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs. From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules. The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews. Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience. Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.