My student life consisted of mainly taking regular trips down to the local pub, going out clubbing, eating lots of pasta smothered in ketchup and working part-time. Of course, there was the last minute eleventh hour working on an essay that should have been worked on months in advance; however there are probably many other students who go through the same sort of thing as a student. Without the above ingredients in a university student's life would not be student life - the best years of one's life.
The downside to being a student is the lack of funds! Student loans are simply not enough to live on and if one was to be honest most of the money will go on books and beer! One should not forget the real reason as to why they are studying in university, which is to enhance their prospects of securing a decent career in the future. One of the great things about being a student now is that there are plenty of businesses out there who are constantly looking out for staff to work on projects on a temporary basis.
Hiring professional freelancers is a solution that most business people want to avoid due to the costs that will incur from taking on their services. The kind of work that may be needed at short notice could be within graphics design or web designing, web developing, photography or writing. The opportunities are broad and those who are qualified in these fields are able to make a nice living from just freelancing or working part-time (depending on how much experience they have).
Some professional freelancers usually only hired for a few days just to provide their expertise and help. Most of the time this proves to be far too costly and in the current economic climate businesses are always looking to cut corners and save money. One of the best ways to do this is to hire student freelancers, specifically second year or final year students as they will have more knowledge and experience their subject field.
It is not just cheap labour that these companies benefit from hiring students; they are also able to build a strong and lasting relationship. Some of the student freelancers are extremely talented and taking them on whilst they are going through the early stages of their career, will ensure you stay in contact with them should their career take off on a positive route. This has been evident for most companies who have had the fortune to boast previous staff who have over the years built up a reputation of their own based on their skills. The company will be able to take advantage of the fact that they were one of the first businesses to spot their talents and continue to benefit from their services where needed.
In addition to the money saving opportunities and the possibility of being the first to work with a future genius, there is also the advantage of receiving quality high standard work. The student will have minimal work ethic and plenty of ambition, to which they will do their utmost, to demonstrate to you that they have what it takes to produce successful results from their work. This is not necessarily determined by the university that they are studying at, but by the individual and the standard of their work. Businesses can find work from students who are extremely intelligent but are in less reputable and prestigious universities.
Keep in mind that as a company that works on gaining impressive results there was once a time when all of the staff including the executives was struggling students or freelancers waiting for their big break. The same applies to the students now waiting for that opportunity in which your company could be that big break that may also help to shape them into a very successful professional.
Anna Stenning has worked with student freelancers in the past and finds that they are a useful asset to any businesses.