It has been many a year since I was a student at university, however having worked many more years with young students myself I have noticed that the prospects of living a cheap life resulting in working part-time whilst studying, is something all students will have to face. Finding student jobs is not so difficult if you are not too fussy about the kind of work you are looking for and if your only interest is to earn a small income each month to pay for basic amenities.
The most common student jobs available are bar work, waitressing or customer retail services. Telemarketing or telesales are easier to find and generally pay well given that the right candidate can produce impressive sales results. A job in telesales is not suitable for everybody; many will feel daunted by the pressure of reaching high pressured targets and doing something that is repetitive. Normally as a university student, it may be easier to work at the student union bar to earn some quick cash each week and perhaps enjoy the perks of receiving discounts on drinks.
These days more student jobs are being offered to match what they are studying. For example web design students are finding that more employers are willing to take them for freelance or temporary contracts, giving the students an opportunity to earn money, learn something and build up a portfolio whilst studying full-time. Many students, depending on what they are studying, will want to gain some valuable experience in their chosen career paths rather than work long hours at a bar for some cash. As all students know, working part-time whilst studying can be a difficult task so doing this whilst you are in the first year of university is a great time to start.
The trouble is where does one find an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and what are the chances of it being a paid position? The fact remains many students accept unpaid internships for a short time, either after graduating or during a gap year. However, there are agencies that offer student jobs that may involve working with a company as a freelance professional, or on a temporary contract. Finding freelance work is a good way to build upon your CV as these positions may lead to something better within the same company (provided your work impresses the employer).
These days, businesses and organisation recognise the importance of hiring fresh new talent and aspiring professionals. For many companies hiring student workers either on a temporary contract or as a freelancer is much cheaper than hiring a full-time professional seeking a permanent position. This is beneficial for both the student and the business; therefore as a student you can use this opportunity to your advantage and gain a good reference.
For students only just beginning their university experience now is the best time to begin researching freelance positions or temporary jobs, either through an agency or using your own approach. The issue of debt is something many students are facing, therefore it is worth looking into opportunities such as these to bring in a small income and boost your chances of securing a permanent position after finishing your studies.
The world of work does not need to be all doom and gloom upon graduating. The trick is to start your research early, approach companies directly or contact job agencies to help you find some work. Another good practice is to tweak your CV and write each covering letter separately when applying for a job, rather than sticking to a generic letter. Employers respond to letters that are written just for their company and in particular for the position sought after. This will take some time to organise; therefore this is a great time to learn how to plan your time more efficiently.
Anna Stenning knows only too well the difficulties of taking on student jobs and studying, which is why she promotes the idea of gaining temporary or freelance work in order to stand a better chance of securing a permanent job after graduating.