5 BIG Reasons To Take A Part Time Job While Studying At Uni

November 27 2019 , 0 Comments


The graduate jobs market is tough, and, in many respects it’s getting tougher. Competition for the best jobs after leaving university is fierce, so you need to mark yourself out from the crowd to stand any chance of securing a good job once you’ve completed your degree.

But, how can you do that?

Well, of course, doing an internship while you are still at university is obviously going to impress many a graduate recruiter, but even internships are becoming more difficult to secure a place on these days.

As a solid alternative, many people overlook the benefits of taking on a part time job while they are still studying towards a degree.

We are hearing recruiters saying more and more often that the applicants for their graduate vacancies are lacking real-world work experience - and a part time job can be the perfect way to demonstrate your commitment and skills to potential employers.

Let’s take a look at 5 of the biggest reasons why you should find a part time job while you are still at university...



1)  Show Off Your Many & Varied Transferable Skills

Even the most basic part time jobs can help you furnish your CV with a bundle of transferable skills. These will help to impress the decision makers who first cast eyes on your application for a graduate position.

Transferable skills are those which you can learn in almost any entry level or part time job, but which you can carry across to all manner of other jobs and careers spanning a much wider spectrum.

Typical part time student jobs such as events work or waiting on roles can show that you have gained valuable transferable skills like:

  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Attention to detail



2) Networking

In any part time job you are going to meet new people, so you’ll be expanding your network of colleagues and former colleagues who could help you land a graduate job in the future.

Some of those people could just be other students who are working part time alongside you. They might not be able to further your career in the short term, but who knows where they’ll end up in the future? And, whatever happens, you’ll be making new friends who might be with you for the rest of your life.

But you can also interact with management staff who could have more serious roles for you in the future once you’ve finished your degree.

And, even if they can’t offer you a full-time job when you’ve graduated, they should be able to provide you with a sterling reference for other potential employers.



3) Gain Confidence

Learning new skills and meeting new people will often take you out of your comfort zone. And getting out of your comfort zone will invariably lead to you gaining confidence.

Having to deal with customers in situations which you wouldn’t normally find yourself can be tricky if you are a bit of an introvert, but it will boost your confidence no end.

Likewise, having to interact with other colleagues in a work context rather than with your usual social circles can also teach you new interpersonal skills and further bring you out of your shell.



4) Fine Tune Your Career Options

If you happen to land a part time job which is related to the future career area which you want to get into, then great! We hope it works out well for you and can help you find work in the sector after you finish uni.

But what if you find that, against all of your expectations, you simply hate this sort of work? How could you do this for the rest of your life!?

Well, it’s better to find out at this early stage that this career path might not be the best one for you - before you invest any more time in it.

Cut your losses and try some other avenues by taking on a range of other part time roles to see if you can find an alternative path which might be more rewarding for your future.



5) Living Costs

You’re never going to finish university and get the degree you need for your future career if you simply can’t afford to keep studying.

Taking on some part time work can go a long way to covering your living costs and helping you have a more enjoyable time whilst you are studying for your degree.

Earning more money shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all of why you decide to take on part time work, but, let’s be honest, having a bit more cash in your pocket is never going to do any harm, is it?

If you’re ready to take the plunge then head over to the Employment 4 Students website now to find your new part time job today!

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