Most young people will have a part-time job at some point during school or university. It will usually be something in the service or hospitality industry such as working in a café, restaurant or shop. More often than not, this types of jobs pay minimum wage, with perhaps tips or commission on top.

Jobs in food outlets and shops are great because they fit in well around other commitments. They are usually looking for staff to work during the busiest periods, i.e. the weekends and holiday periods, and often have flexible hours which can be changed on a weekly basis.

Man making coffee behind the counter of a delicatessen

The Benefits:

Obviously the main benefit of having a part-time job is being able to earn a bit of extra money, however, there are other benefits too. When looking to build up skills or writing a CV, most people overlook part-time work because they believe it is irrelevant. This is not the case at all, any job, whatever industry it is in, will given you a number of transferrable skills.

More generally these include organisation, time-management and reliability. You may also gain skills specific to your job such as communication, teamwork and customer service. Crucially you will also be given a reference from an employer.


How to Find a Part-Time Job:

In order to find temporary or part-time work, use job websites as usual. You may also be able to find vacancies through your careers centre, when at university. For most part-time jobs, you will have to submit an application form, attend an interview and perhaps attend a trial shift.

You may find that, especially in big cities, even shops and bars ask for experience. The best way to combat that is to look out for when big, national companies are doing recruitment drives as they often offer training to all their staff. Also, depending on the business in question, they will probably need to take on lots of extra staff either over Christmas or during the summer, so this is always a good time to look.


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