Laura Dinu, Business and Management BSc (Hons)
Finding a part-time job while you are studying can be a daunting experience. You have to prepare your CV, hunt for good jobs and handle disappointment really well. That was my experience as a first-year student.
My experience in finding a part-time job
I was trying my hardest to apply for a part-time job but I was unsuccessful. I was in a new environment and this was supposed to be my first ever paid job. However, I did not give up.
I kept trying and after a couple of months, I found the perfect job: UBU support staff. I was thinking to myself, what could be possibly better than working for your own student union? I was more than happy. Shortly after, I found another job advertised on the Careers’ website: Student Ambassador. I applied for that as well and I had the chance to work for both the Student’s Union and the University.
Why do you need a part-time job?
There are various benefits of working part-time. I found that it helped me shape my behaviour and be more organised. I had to be at work on time and I had the responsibility of finishing my tasks on time.
Besides the great time-management skills, you will also learn a variety of other useful skills that will help you in your future career, for example; teamwork, communication, management skills, customer service etc. Did I mention that employers love when you have additional work-experience written on your CV?
However, one of the main reasons why students are interested in getting a part-time job is, of course, the additional income! You will be able to buy that game that you really wanted or that pretty bag that you couldn’t afford last month. Also, once you start your new job you will see that you end up spending more time with your work friends, maybe even more than your uni colleagues, which will increase your circle of friends!
Will your part-time job affect your studies?
It will definitely affect your schedule but having a part-time job – not a full-time job – will not affect your studies.
However, if you are scared of missing out on your lectures you can look for a job that offers flexible hours. Another option that might suit your needs could be working only during weekends. And if you stay organised you will have time for everything!
Where can you find a part-time job?
It is fairly easy for students to find part-time jobs. You can print out your CV and go to shops/bars/restaurants that you would like to work in and just hand out your CV.
Another option would be applying online. Websites like Jobseeker and Indeed are very good and you can find a variety of options.
The careers service from the university offer support as well. They have a spreadsheet with part-time jobs that they add jobs onto. It is really helpful as they are targeted towards students.
Can you have fun while working and being a student?
Absolutely yes! It is all about balance and how you prioritise your time. I have learnt that you have to have time for both – otherwise it is not really worth it. You will know when you need to pay more attention to the social side or when you need those extra pounds for a nice holiday. The trick is to be always true to yourself and find what is best for you!