So now that you’ve decided you need a job, which sector is the one for you?
The retail sector is a popular option for many a student looking for part-time work, particularly if you enjoy shopping. While it isn’t always as financially lucrative as other roles such as waitressing (a shop assistant doesn’t get tips) the staff discount can save you a phenomenal amount of money!
One of the great things about the retail sector is that you work day-time shift patterns, so your hours will easily fit in between lectures. This will also mean you won’t be working too late into the night, so it won’t impact upon your social life.
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Bar-work and Waitressing
There are a number of great things about working behind a bar or in a restaurant. Primarily, you’re earning a basic wage, but you’re also likely to get tips on top of that. Bars and restaurants are also highly social environments, so your shifts don’t always feel too much like work and, more often than not, you’ll be fed while you work. Hypothetically, if you work 4 nights a week, that’s 4 meals you don’t have to cook or pay for.
Most bar and waitressing roles are in the evening, which leaves the day free for you to study, socialise or even sleep-in. However, some establishments will open during the day, so there is the potential for you to earn a little extra as and when required.
Flyering and Promotions
This isn’t exactly a stable income, so it isn’t ideal for those who are dependent upon their wages to live. However, some students opt to live off their student loans and use any wages they earn to contribute towards their social life. If this sounds like you, then flyering and promoting events on the streets may be your perfect role (as you can pick up work as and when it is required).
If you think you’ll find it hard to juggle Uni work and part-time work, or your course is just too demanding, then you can earn money during the summer holidays while you’re not at University. There are many temp jobs available in a variety of sectors such as admin, retail and even writing, so doing this on a full-time basis might actually allow you to save for the following year.
Some courses will allow students to take a placement year which will, more often than not, pay you. If this is the case, and you can find a paid placement, then this is a beneficial way of earning a little bit of extra cash while boosting your CV.
HOW TO FIND WORK
If you’ve never worked before, finding a job can be a daunting task. However, there are numerous opportunities if you know where to spot them...
Even if you don’t have access to the World Wide Web at home (if this is the case, you really ought to get on to that) then you should be able to go online at Uni and search for jobs. There are a number of career websites, some of which are specifically geared towards students, which will show you which companies are recruiting.
Handing in CVs
Face-to-face contact is the most efficient way of finding a job. Print off your CV and hand it around local businesses. You never know who might be hiring.
Your University will also have a careers service. While it is more likely to be geared towards graduates and final year students, there will almost certainly be some part-time work information available.