I have been trying to get a part-time job for a while now. I need a job on the side as I am a student, however I have a degree already and I wonder if this is stopping me from getting these jobs?
There’s no reason why employers would look down on you for pursuing a second degree, if anything it demonstrates that you are motivated and growth orientated – two qualities that most employers generally look for in candidates.
We can’t give you an exact answer about why you’re struggling to find a part-time job, but we can give you some insight on the broader situation…
Currently, due to the pandemic, unemployment rates among young people are higher than they have been for a while. According to official statistics, the number of people on Universal Credit between the ages of 16-24 increased by 282,000 between March and November 2020. To put it simply, there are more people competing for jobs than there were before, which might explain why you are finding it harder.
Another factor is that part-time jobs are more common in the industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic – retail and hospitality for example. Try switching up the companies that you are applying for to target roles in lesser affected sectors, such as grocery retail, care and logistics. You could also try the Kickstart Scheme, but you’ll need to be on Universal Credit to access a six month placement. We also have some job ideas for students listed here.