Starting uni soon? Whether this is a new, exciting chapter in your life or you’re returning for another round, student timetables often allow for the opportunity to pick up a part-time gig.
So we thought we’d go through the best reasons why students should pick up a part-time gig in the service sector! With a little insight and advice from those who did just that during their time at uni.
1. You’ll gain confidence
If you’re usually a shy person, applying for a customer-facing role could be the very thing to help you develop confidence! What better time to push yourself out of your comfort zone than at uni? We say, go for it.
Taking on a part-time job can also prepare you to handle responsibility within a workplace. Lee Hasan worked as a Sales Assistant for a small retail business during her studies. She was there for over a year and got promoted.
“If I was on my own in the store, I had to make all the decisions… learning to do that was so helpful because it boosted my confidence, which helped me when I went into my next, full-time role.”
A student gig gives you the chance to develop your skills, and realise your competency, without the pressure of a full-time, permanent job.
2. The experience will help you for the future
For many, a student job will be your first time in a professional setting. It will comprise your first work relationships and first work contract. A lot of valuable firsts! But even if you’ve worked before, it can still earn you valuable new skills and experiences.
Lee comments on how she learnt to do a lot of things for the first time at her student job.
“Another thing I got experience with was how to talk to a senior person in the company, such as a manager. And to ask questions that might be uncomfortable, like taking holiday or eventually leaving. It was awkward when I had to leave! But I learnt how to do that, because you’re never taught that at school. There are a lot of skills you pick up that you aren’t taught anywhere else…”
Any job will also be helpful in finding future work regardless of whether the two roles are related. Our friend Elijah Laino worked part-time at a dessert cafe, serving up delicious ice cream during his degree.
“Having something on your CV that you can point to and say ‘I’ve experienced a workplace,’ will be an advantage to you. Employers will definitely appreciate the fact that you’ve gone out there and been proactive about your situation, and you found something that you could do to experience being in a workplace.”