Nowadays, more and more university students across the globe have opted to work part-time while studying. According to where you are, your motives for getting a part-time job may vary but most go for it in order to either earn some money to support their way through university, gain working experience or to just spend their free time more productively.
There are a couple of things that you have to consider when going into a part-time job instead of just applying and accepting one.
The best way to start looking for part-time work is to network with colleagues, lecturers and social media. Don’t be afraid to approach companies directly to ask about their available opportunities. Make a list of target employers, try to locate any areas that you can help them with and offer your services.
Even if the company can’t afford to hire you full-time, you may be able to work as an outside contractor. Many companies hire individuals who have worked for them as an intern or a temp so this experience helps to get your foot in the door.
Corporate might not always be the way, you might also like to consider community-based organisations who usually tend to rely on part-time staff.
Extra income – Whether the extra cash is to help out your family or going out with friends, such financial independence always leaves you feeling better.
Financial intelligence – This is one of the best ways for you to learn more about being wiser with your finances. This is because you have known the value of hard work and thus are more likely to save your money for necessities such as text books and rent.
Effective time management – Learning to divide your schedule/time between your studies and your part-time work will give you a better grasp of time management and at the same time, improve your organizational skills.
Less time wasted – Lowers the likeliness of becoming bored and being involved in unappealing activities.
Gain experience, transferable skills and a wider professional network – It is more likely that the experiences that you gain through your part-time work will be of immense help to you for your life after graduation. Most are able to find out what they are more suited for and are sure of what they want to do in life after their studies, whether it is to continue studying and strive for academia or pursue a career in the industry they did part-time in. Whatever the end result, it is usually a win-win situation.
A step further than the rest – Remember, you might not see it yet but all that you have gained and learned will help you be a step further than the rest of the graduate job seekers when the time comes.
Teamwork – Exposure to working within a team (other than the usual group assignments in university) will help you learn and understand further the varying personalities that you may encounter and how to work effectively with them. This will be of great benefit to you throughout life in general.
Problem solving – No matter how well you did in your studies, your grades will not be enough to prepare you for the challenges you are exposed to at the workplace. That is why it is imperative that you seek out as many work experiences as possible through your DY and part-time jobs. Take note of how you and your colleagues solve problems and avert disasters so that it can be a winning point to be brought up in your future interviews. The initiative you’ve shown in working whilst studying will show employers that you’re ambitious and have an excellent work ethic.
Small employers are often the best organisations to target in terms of working flexibility. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups are often in need of help due to lack off staff and usually offer part-time work, sometimes with the flexibility of working from home.
Below are a number of examples of the kind of part-time work you can delve in:
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