Can I get extra hours working part-time in a pub?
Not being bound to a 35 or 40 hour week is one of the main reasons people choose to work part time. But, just because you might have regular hours of 16 or 20 hours a week as a part-time worker, that doesn’t mean you can’t get extra hours as and when you need them.
At busy times like Christmas or at the height of summer when customers come flocking to beer gardens in pubs across the land, there tend to be more than enough hours to go around. Your manager might ask if you can stay on for a couple of extra hours or do an extra shift to help out with an unexpectedly busy week. Times like these, when it’s all hands on deck, tend to be some of the most fun and when you’ll develop a real bond with your teammates.
That’s great news for students because the pub calendar and its peaks and troughs are aligned almost exactly with the academic timetable. At the end of May when the warmer weather arrives and pubs get busy and, likewise, over Christmas when extra hours are there for the taking, uni is closed. If you’re a student, you can bump up your hours close to full time—if you want to.
And that’s the key point. Because, if you’ve got an assignment that needs finishing or another commitment, you can always say ‘no’ to extra hours if you need to. That’s the freedom that being a part-timer allows.