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What's Your Perfect Student Job?


By Simon Thompson
 
     
The student job: that first taste of what itíll be like once you get out into the big, bad world. Itís actually better than that, because you generally wonít even be paying taxes Ė but weíre getting ahead of ourselves. The first step to working a student job is finding a student job Ė so where do they hide out?

ē Bar Work

One of the most common student jobs is bar work, and if you find one in your first year and stick with it you can actually do pretty well. Three friends of mine in different bars across my city began working for their respective bars in first year Ė and now two are supervisors, and one a trainee assistant manager! If you like interacting with people (admittedly in various stages of drunkenness!), can stay calm under pressure, and can handle late nights, why not try being on the other side of the bar one night?

ē Retail

If you like the idea of customer interaction, but know you struggle to get up after a night out, retail might suit you better. The hours are friendlier, and if you can fix your timetable to give you a day off, you might not need to work the weekend Ė the busiest days in retail! In addition, many clothes stores offer staff discounts Ė dead useful when you need a new wardrobe for the new term. Remember retail doesnít just cover clothes Ė bookstores are great if you read a lot, jewellery stores offer opportunities to sell big, and the Apple store offers benefits that will make any fanboy green with envy.

ē Waitressing

Restaurants are a great source for student jobs, and the tips you earn can be massive. The important skills here are friendliness, good juggling skills (have you seen how many plates some of these people carry?!) and the ability to be the bearer of bad news Ė if the customer orders something and it turns out the chef just used the last of it, itís not the chef who has to bear the accusing looks and huffy aggression. On the other hand, you can make someoneís day, and thatís the best feeling in the world.

ē Admin

Yes, itís essentially entering data into a computer, or sitting on reception, but donít get me wrong, its good money! Plus youíll be working in an office where the days generally donít last longer than 5pm, and youíre guaranteed NOT to work the weekend, meaning more time to party! Plus, if at the end of University you unfortunately canít find your dream job, you can be guaranteed thereíll be plenty of admin jobs you can apply for whilst you search for your next career.

If you canít find a student job, or donít know where to start looking, your student union or association will probably be able to help you. If youíre finding jobs, but getting turned down, they may be able to help again Ė the careers service is not only for final year students! Make sure you get as much help as you can; get a friend or careers advisor to check your CV and cover letter. Even the smallest of errors can lead to your application being binned!

Remember that your student job isnít the be all and end all, though, with Universities recommending students work no more than 20 hours per week. Any more than that and you may find your studies suffering. Of course everyoneís different, and if you work best after four hours sleep and a gallon of coffee then by all means Ė do so!

 
 
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