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Students – Essential Job Advice
Jobs whilst you are a student
Jobs whilst you are a student
Date: 26/07/02, updated on 26/07/02 (286 review reads)
Advantages: Work Experience Obtained, Make Money, Meet New People And Possible Future Contacts
Disadvantages: Low Pay Usually, Usually Tedious
Working while being a student is an important decision, which most students choose to opt for. Because of the strain of the economy on students (student loans and debts etc), students often find themselves against their will working in part-time employment while still keeping afloat at university. If the thought of getting out of debt is enough incentive then there is always the fact that you will have extra pocket money to spend so the work hard play hard motto truly applies here.
Most people when entering university are rather shy due to the fact that old contacts from their previous college may not attend school. Students are subjected to the whole making friends process all over again. With a part-time job the opportunity arises to make friends at work that may be in a similar position to you. In addition there is also the chance to make important contacts in a certain industry for use when you have graduated.
It is recommended that students interested in taking up part-time jobs should enter an industry similar to the one that they are studying for. However although this is beneficial, I also believe that any industry that teaches students important techniques and skill is a job worth taking, if not to develop the student as a worker then as a human being.
Of course there are down sides to getting a part time job, for instance, there is always the possibility that the job may be strenuous, this will exhaust you and make you less efficient during lectures. Manual labour is usually the suspect for this kind of fatigue.
In addition, as with any job in later life there is always the feeling that you are being left out. Imagine the scenario, your friends are going to a club and you are working that night, this can become very frustrating and rifts between you and your friends can occur.
It must be noted that the jobs that are available are usually low paying jobs especially when you are a student. It is custom for emplo
yers to pay under 21’s the minimum wage which can become very frustrating when you find yourself toiling away in the hot back kitchen of a restaurant for a couple of quid when you could be out with your friends.
The most threatening downfall of working as a student is probably the fact that the jobs are usually very uninspiring and dull. Now although this usually makes you frustrated and bored it also great incentive for university. You realise that in order to survive a fate of working in this place for the rest of your life then you require the appropriate degrees and honours.
There are many ways to get a job as a student. The University job shop is an excellent option. This is basically an agency type organisation, which allows students to fill in forms and applications and find work through them. The important thing to remember here is that the University Job shop is run by students for students and the employers who usually sign up for the service are realistic and understand your situation and the hours that are convenient for you. In addition to this, you are protected by the University from any unfair or illegal treatment at work. However, the money that these jobs often pay are peanuts, around £3.50 and the work is usually temporary or for special occasions.
The newspaper is an excellent place to look for a job. Most newspapers will feature jobs that employers have listed due to vacancies at their businesses. Simply phone up as soon as possible and you are likely to be called in for an interview.
There are agencies apart from the University Job Shop; for instance, Pertemps is an agency, which I personally use. Although they insist that you have a car or some form of regular transport, they pay highly for students, around £6.00 and continuously provide work for you as a lot of businesses sign up for their services. However, you are likely to find yourself working in a different place every couple of days.
here is a range of differing jobs available for students which agencies provide, the most common are manual labour, data entry, bar tending, shop assistant and carer. Personally I prefer carer because it pays highly and in addition most agencies will train you thus giving you certain qualifications. As a bonus, it is regular and you have a sense of security when it comes to regular income.
Manual labour is not something, which I would advise for students. I have tried this in the past and discovered that I was usually physically exhausted for days after. Although pay is usually high, working conditions are disgraceful (you might find yourself in a steamy boiler room) and you will discover that your class work suffers as a consequence.
Data entry is possibly the least satisfying of all the jobs. Not only is it tedious but also unrewarding. You may find yourself with a four-hour task of just clicking on PC screens and entering numbers at nausea.
Bar tending and shop assistant are two jobs, which allow you to continuously meet new people and interact with the community. Although the pay is not brilliant, the hours are usually flexible depending on how busy the place is and you will usually find other students from campus working in the same building as you.
It is essential to make a decision on working before University starts otherwise you may find that by the time you have made up your mind, all the best jobs are already taken. Whatever job you choose to pursue, just remember that it essential you stay positive and that as a University Student it is unlikely that you will have to do a similar job for the rest of your life.