Whatever age you are it is always important to have some spending money and financial independence. Therefore, summer jobs as well as part-time jobs in between or during the study periods are very popular amongst students. However, it sometimes may be very hard to get a short-term or flexible position when you have none or no relevant experience. This article, therefore, will provide you with some good points from our personal experience as well as general information on job search.
When I was a student my parents started complaining about my expenses after the first three months of the first semester. I was not very demanding but paying for accommodation, books, food, travel and leisure activity has hit them pretty hard. Therefore, after my first exam session I decided to look for a part-time job. I must say I had no experience and basically nothing to put on my CV except high school grades and extra-culicular activities. I did not have a bank account or national insurance number. So here are some tips to follow.
Right so as I mentioned there was not much to it. You can improve your CV by:
- Volunteering in a charity shop;
- Running a marathon for a charity;
- Becoming a member of any society which would involve organising activity and working in a team;
- Passing your driving test;
- Participating in a work experience programme which would last for at least one week where your parents/grandparents/friends work;
- Getting an unpaid apprenticeship in a job sector where you would like to get your future job.
Job offer will not find you, you need to find it yourself. The more persistent and determined you will be the more likely you are to succeed. The most popular ways to search for a job:
- Online job hunting websites
- Recruitment agencies – see our article on the recruitment agencies to read more on them
- Local newspapers
- Local job centres
- Handing out CVs – visit all the local shops, restaurants, hotels, clubs/bars
What kind of job should I apply for?
Well, this may sound obvious but people sometimes do not clearly imagine what types of jobs are out there. So here is what you can try for your summer/part-time job:
- Leisure jobs (restaurants, cafes, hotels, nightclubs, bars, festival/event staff)
- Retail jobs (specialist shops (shoes, clothes, mobile phones etc.), supermarkets)
- Care industry (residential care work, support work)
- Charity industry (door to door marketing)
- Other (data entry, call centres, promotional work, delivery work (for those with driving licence))
To start working you need to have or at least sort out during the first working month your bank account and national insurance number. Make sure you know that it takes around a week for you to get your debit card and up to two weeks for your national insurance number to reach you.