As the party season begins and the festive break looms, it’s the perfect time for students to earn a bit of extra cash. With flexible schedules, students are the ideal candidates for seasonal employers. Primestaff chief executive, Danny McIntyre, gives you his top tips for getting part-time work as a student.
- Look at every job as an opportunity. Work experience can be what separates you from everyone else graduating at the same time. If you can gain experience in the field in which you are studying, all the better.
- Find the right balance. Don’t try and work too many hours. Leave time for any work you may need to complete for returning to college or university and enjoy your social life – you’re a long time working!
- Show enthusiasm. Ask loads of questions, talk to as many people as possible and work hard. Always show willing to do any task, you never know when you may be able to use that experience in the future.
- Network and leave a good impression. Never treat a job as a fast way to make cash. There could be a myriad of opportunities available within an organisation, and it’s a small world – you’ll be surprised by how you continue to cross paths with the same people again and again.
- Start on the right foot. Be honest with your employer about how many hours you can work. Advise them well in advance of when your schedule will need to change.
- Learn new skills. Working in bars, restaurants and retail can give you experience in cash handling, customer service, telephone etiquette, organisational skills and time management.
- Plan ahead for your future career. Take notes about what you’ve learned and treat your CV as a working document which you constantly update.
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