Even if you’re fortunate enough to have someone subsidising your studies, it’s always useful to have extra cash on hand for when you need it. Luckily there are plenty of part-time jobs out there that suit students, if you just know what to look for:
Waiter or bartender
All restaurants and bars need staff to serve their customers, and their busiest times are usually evenings, when you’re most likely to be free. The more helpful and friendly you are, the bigger the tips you can earn.
Receptionist, sales assistant or cashier
Retail stores use a lot of part-time staff, particularly at peak times. It’s a great way to learn more about how businesses work and to develop your people and marketing skills.
Promotions normally take place at an event or in a retail store over weekends, with your main job being to draw people’s attention to a particular product.
Many restaurants employ drivers to deliver food or you could work via a delivery company like Mr Delivery. You may need your own transport for this, but some companies do provide a car or motorbike.
If you’re good at a particular subject, you could teach others who are struggling with it, either at your own college or university, via one of the many companies who offer tutoring to school students, or privately, if you find your clients yourself. Getting started through family friends, who then spread the word on good results, is often the easiest way to begin tutoring.
People often feel safer having someone look after their home while they’re away, and they’re prepared to pay for it. If they have pets, you’ll be responsible for looking after them too.
How to get a job
Register yourself with a service like Rent-A-Student where you will find a range of part-time job opportunities, or look online via sites such as Gumtree or Lekkerjobs where you can place an ad detailing the kind of work you would be willing to do. You should also be prepared to canvas directly at restaurants, bars or retailers and ask if they’re looking for staff. Just make sure that you have a CV with you as a leave behind.
There is often a higher demand during holiday seasons, so that’s an especially good time to get your foot in the door.
As an added bonus, any kind of experience in the world of work is going to look great on your CV. Even if it’s completely unrelated to what you’re studying, it shows you’re responsible, reliable and grounded in reality, which are all things employers value. Plus, it could be fun and there’s a good chance you’ll meet some new and interesting people!