Apart from helping you to cover your expenses, especially if the boss gives you extra hours during semester break, there are lots of benefits to working part-time while you study. From waiting tables in a cafe, to working in retail, to doing admin work in an office, or even working on campus, a part-time job can provide you with valuable experience. If you can secure a role that’s directly related to your future career aspirations, that’s a bonus, but any role you’re able to snag will help develop your employability skills and add value to your resume.
If you’re weighing up whether to juggle study and a job, think of it as part of your professional development. Working while studying can help prepare you for managing a work/study routine, great practice for possible future internships or placements. Working part-time can also help boost your self-esteem and confidence, especially if you consider yourself a bit of an introvert. What’s more, a part-time job creates some space away from your studies, allowing you to take your mind off your assessments and focus on other areas of life.
If you’re still not sold on the idea, think of a job as an opportunity to meet new people and develop relationships outside of university. This is a great way to build a support network if you’re an international student. Likewise, for those of you living off campus and don’t have the same social network as on-campus students, this is an ideal way to develop new connections.
So, now that you’re convinced getting a part-time gig is where it’s at, what’s the best way to approach finding a great role?
First things first – you need to have a resume at the ready. Make sure your resume has everything that qualifies you for the desired job. It should explain why you’re a good fit for the position and list your interests, skills, education, and previous employment experience. You can also list any unpaid work experience or volunteer work you’ve done, as this also shows initiative and a willingness to put yourself out there.
Once your resume is looking the part:
- Check UniHub for a range of opportunities with employers who have indicated they’re looking to hire students.
- Browse the on-campus roles available through Curtin’s Earn While You Learn initiative. These positions come up throughout the year and may fit around your studies and other commitments.
- Use Australian job search websites to find the right type of part-time job for you. Sites like Indeed, CareerOne, and Seek provide access to freelance, part-time and casual job opportunities.
- Approach local businesses directly. You might just find yourself at the right place at the right time. Have your resume in hand, be well-presented and polite, and ask if the manger is available to speak with. If they’re not, ask to leave your resume to be passed on to the relevant person.
- Spread the word to others that you’re looking for a job. You never know if a friend or family member might know of something coming up, or if they may be able to put in a good word for you with an employer.
For more great advice on developing your job search strategy, visit Looking for Work.