It’s not uncommon for students to work part-time on a budget to earn extra income as well as valuable experience. So what are the benefits of working and studying at the same time? And what are some of the best, easiest jobs for students to apply for? We check out some of the reasons you might want to consider working while you study and list the best employment options for students.
Advantages of working and studying at the same time
Did you know that Australian university students on average, spend approximately $18,610 per year? As a busy student, you might decide to work part-time to earn extra money. If you don’t have help from your parents or if you’ve already moved out, making extra cash could be crucial. It could help fund your university costs, living expenses, overseas trips, or a new car. It could support you in learning to be independent in the bigger world. However, you’ll likely have other great reasons to work and study at the same time.
Build your professional skills and profile
Working part-time during your studies could be a way to build your resume, gain valuable experience, and learn about the working world. Even if you don’t think your part-time job looks super impressive on paper, it could show prospective employers for graduate programs you’re committed and responsible and you have the potential to be a diligent, dedicated employee.
Demonstrating you have skills like time management, communication, and the ability to deal with people could put you ahead of some of the other applicants. So your uni days are an excellent time to start working on your professional experience.
Meet new people and network
Another plus to working as your study is you have the opportunity to meet new people and build a network, possibly in the industry you want to work in after uni.
At the same time, you’ll want to keep a good work-study balance by making sure you’re allowing enough time for self-study and assignments. Avoid compromising on good marks and your study experience by working too much. Stay organised and prioritise your study and work tasks so you’re using your time effectively.
So how do you get started with finding the right jobs? You can look for jobs by looking online and doing detailed keyword searches. You can also explore your ideal employers’ social media accounts, and attend local conferences to find out about job opportunities.
Easy jobs for students
While the usual retail, bar, and other customer-service jobs are among the easier jobs to secure for students, don’t overlook other potential great jobs that might not have occurred to you.
- Public relations: You mightn’t have considered getting a job in PR, but brands often love to hire student ambassadors to help them access the student market. Your job could involve things like posting on social media, spreading the word to your friends, and handing out brochures on campus. Doing PR work is great if you plan to work in marketing.
- Tutoring: If you’re proficient in subjects like maths, English, foreign languages, physics, and other high school and primary school subjects, you could work as a tutor. Join a tutoring service or advertise your services online with, for example, pay-per-click ads. You’ll need to be able to work with young people and have excellent grades in the subject area.
- Resident advisor: If you live on campus, you could become a residential advisor (RA). RAs offer support, help with engagement and generally drive development in the uni’s residential community. You could be doing things like facilitating events, initiatives, and programs. In addition, you might be in charge of helping other residents/students with administrative things like reporting electrical faults and damaged community items.
- On-campus roles: Other on-campus jobs could include telemarketing for the university, doing research for professors, or becoming a part-time tutor yourself.
- Babysitting: If you’re good with babies, small kids, and younger kids, you could work as a babysitter. You could help busy parents pick up the kids from school, keep kids fed and occupied until their parents get home, and take the kids out for an afternoon at the museum or park.
- Petsitting: Love animals? Consider getting a job looking after pets when families are away on holidays. A variation on this role is dog walking, and a similar type of job is housesitting.
- Temping: Like the idea of working for different companies? Try temping. Sign up with a temp agency and you could get steady work assignments lasting from just one day to weeks. You might be doing administrative and office work or hospitality tasks like serving drinks.
- Retail roles: Retail jobs are common for students. Helping out in an apparel store, deli, supermarket, and other retail environments lets you earn extra money and demonstrate your communication and people skills.
- Hospitality roles: If you like working with food or the idea of making people feel more comfortable, a hospitality role could be for you. You could work in a hotel, food chain, bar, restaurant, or other places. You could work behind the scenes in food prep or in a customer-facing role.
- Telemarketing: Telemarketing roles can be easy for students to secure, and working in telemarketing could be rewarding if you enjoy talking to people and making sales pitches.
Getting a part-time job during uni might be due to necessity or other reasons, but it’s important to keep a good work-study balance and prioritise your studies. By exploring the different job options available, you could end up finding a role that matches your schedule and gives you the right experience to prepare you for full-time work after uni.