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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Ideal Part-time Jobs for Students

Despite what it might look like from the outside, University is not all late nights, parties and last minute revision. All-nighters in the library, red eyes from staring at a computer screen too long and early morning lectures are just some of the wonderful things that come with gaining your degree. However, if you have the time to do it, getting a part-time job during university is a great idea. It is a wonderful way to meet new people, gain some valuable work experience, boost your CV and make your money situation a little easier when your student loan begins to run out. Thankfully, it has never been easier to find a list of local part time job offers. All you have to do is sign in on your computer or even on
your phone to find a list of vacancies suitable for you.

Of course you can continue to use StudentGems for freelance projects, but here is a list of some jobs that can fit perfectly alongside studies.

1. Tutor
Being a tutor is a great way to work with people of all ages, whether they are your fellow university students or others in the community. You can tutor online or face-to-face, which offers you the flexibility needed for your own studies. You’ll need to have a knack for what you are tutoring, of course, but you can also become even more of an expert on the material as you prepare for study sessions. This way, you boost your expertise and also help others learn more about a specific topic.

Check to see if your university currently offers tutoring opportunities, or have a look online to see what tips are out there. You can make a good income while maintaining a flexible schedule suitable for a student.  

2. Resident Assistant
Student halls are the perfect place to meet new people. They also offer a great deal for older students to pick up a job as a resident assistant. As a resident assistant, you are essentially a live-in supervisor for the resident hall. It can mean some late nights helping students out or putting fires out in a kitchen, but it also means free housing for you.

Though you do not technically get a salary for this position, free housing cuts out a huge chunk of your living costs. You can get some savings, meet new people and connect with other faculty at your university.

3. Working directly for your university
With all the students on and off campus, your university needs support to ensure it runs smoothly. There are heaps of opportunities to work directly for your university. Check out the website or student portal for more information. You could, for example, land a job working in a coffee shop, as a student ambassador, in the International Affairs office or in a resident hall.

Since they are strictly student jobs, the university is familiar with what it means to have to balance being a student and working. Hours are flexible and you can generally shift your schedule as the new quarter or semester rolls around. A common theme in on-campus jobs, working directly for the university also means getting to know more and more people.

4. Temp work
Outside of your university, you can find a temp agency that places people with temporary jobs. If you want to work and earn some money, but like to mix up what your day-to-day looks like, this is a great way to go. You can choose when you would like to work, what type of work you would like to do and what salary-range you’d prefer. Then if a match comes up, the temp agency will offer you a temp job and you can decide whether it is the right fit for you. Assignments can go from one week to a company asking you to stay on for another three months. It is up to you! Often temp jobs can include being a receptionist at a local company to hosting at events.

Keep in mind, getting out into the community and meeting local companies is also wonderful to help you to build your network for after graduation!  

5. Babysitting
Babysitting is a classic job, for good reason. Hours are flexible, the job is fun and the pay is good. If you have a driver’s license and are CPR certified, it is even better. You can decide to only work in the evenings or weekends, and adjust your schedule as you go. Connect with the community and put your name out there to let people know you are looking for some babysitting gigs. Word of mouth is often the best way to go to land some new opportunities, and also get matched up with families that you connect with. If you’re studying in your hometown it shouldn’t be too difficult to find families who need a babysitter. If you’re in a new city it might be more difficult but still entirely possible, post ads online and ask around.

6. Waiter/ Bar Work
Working in a restaurant, pub or bar is a classic way for students to earn a bit of extra cash during their studies. Of course, if you’re working in a pub or bar the likelihood is you’re going to have some late nights, so be sure that you are clear from the beginning the hours you are available and don’t feel pressured into working more than you can. Remember your main focus has to be your studies, and this job is only temporary. Generally you can get a job as a waiter or bar worker without experience so long as you’re enthusiastic and learn quickly. Get some comfortable shoes as you’ll be on your feet hours on end, and the rest is up to you.

It is important to get the balance right, and not lose focus on your university work. Finding a job offers load of great things, but remind yourself the reason you are really at university. While all these things are great, you have the rest of your life to work, so do not be afraid to speak if you find your hours are going up higher than you can handle.

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