Most young people will have a part-time job at some point during school or university. It will usually be something in the service or hospitality industry such as working in a café, restaurant or shop. More often than not, this type of job pays minimum wage, with perhaps tips or commission on top.

Jobs in food outlets and shops are great because they fit in well around other commitments. They usually look for staff to work over the weekend or holiday period, and often have flexible hours, which can be changed on a weekly basis.

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The Benefits:

Obviously the main benefit of having a part-time job is being able to earn a bit of extra money. However, there are other benefits too. When looking to build up skills or writing a CV, most people overlook part-time work because they believe it is irrelevant. This is not the case at all. Any job, whatever industry it is in, can give a young person a number of transferrable skills.

These include general skills like organisation, time-management and reliability, and more specific skills such as communication, teamwork and customer service. Crucially part-time jobs also give employees references.

 

How to Find a Part-Time Job:

Temporary or part-time work can be found on the usual job websites. Students at university can also look through their careers centre. Most part-time jobs require applicants to submit an application form, attend an interview and perhaps attend a trial shift.

Especially in big cities, even shops and bars ask for experience. The best way to combat this is to look out for when big, national companies are doing recruitment drives, as they often offer training to all their staff. Also, depending on the business in question, they will probably need to take on lots of extra staff either over Christmas or during the summer, so this is always a good time to look.  

 

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