The Best Part-Time Student Jobs For Autumn
Getting a part-time job can be a great way to build new skills, earn some cash, meet new people, and grow your independence. Lots of jobs out there will not only look good on your CV, but they might even be fun and enjoyable despite the cold and dark autumn weather! So what are the benefits of getting a part-time job?
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The benefits of a part-time job for students
You’ll earn money, and learn new skills including:
- Communicating with customers
- Organising your time
- Using your initiative.
A part-time job can also help you figure out what kind of career you want to follow — maybe you’ll realise you enjoy working with people, or you hate sitting behind a desk, or you want to work with your hands. That’s all really valuable information to know about yourself!
The disadvantages of part-time jobs for students
Nothing in life is ‘perfect’. Your part-time job might give you some cash — but, depending on the job, it can often involve:
- Getting up early, or arriving home after dark
- Doing tasks that feel mundane
- Working with people who you don’t like very much. (You might sometimes end up working with a boss or coworker who you find a bit dull or annoying — which sucks but isn’t illegal. However, if your colleagues are ever inappropriate or you experience workplace bullying then that’s not something that should ever be tolerated. If that ever happens, talk about it to someone you trust and seek advice).
10 part-time jobs for teens that you might not have considered
1. Student brand ambassador
One of the best part-time jobs for students is being a student brand ambassador. It’s a great way to earn money while having your voice heard and making an impact. NCS has a Youth Advisory Board, and lots of other organisations will be looking for student ambassadors to join their team.
Are you confident in a certain subject, and good at talking to younger kid? If yes, then you might be able to pick up tutoring jobs through your school, through friends of your parents, or just by knowing kids in your local area.
Do you feel comfortable around younger kids?
Then you might enjoy babysitting. It can involve picking kids up from school, hanging out with them, or just being in the house while the adults go out and the kids sleep. If you’re lucky, the adults will pay you in cash, leave you tasty things to eat, and give you access to their Netflix or Amazon Prime.
4. Pet sitting
Love fluffy four-legged friends? Then have you thought about becoming a pet-sitter? Owners might want you to take their doggos for walks, check in on them when they’re home alone, or generally run around with them and have fun.
5. Film or TV extra
Are you good at playing dead?
Then being an extra might be for you. TV shows and films are often looking for extras, and they need people who are organised, show up on time, and have a lot of patience (it can often take a while before the director feels they have the perfect shot). If you’re interested in becoming an extra, check out this handy guide.
Did someone say burger and chips?
Depending on the restaurant or cafe, you might get a free meal with every shift and a share of the tips! On the flipside, learning how to balance numerous plates on one arm is not for the faint-hearted, so choose the restaurant wisely!
7. Lifeguard If you’re 16 or over, you could apply to become a lifeguard at your local pool. You’ll need to be a strong swimmer and be confident in taking initiative, as you’ll be the person responsible for the safety of everyone in the pool.
8. Library assistant
Prefer reading to swimming? or books over bathing?
Then being a library assistant could be the ideal job for you. You could be cataloguing books, reordering the shelves, helping people find their way around the library. And, when the library is quiet, you might be able to spend time reading to your heart’s content!
9. Shop assistant
Loads of shops will be hiring, especially around Black Friday at the end of November and over the busy christmas period. The upside to being a shop assistant is that you’ll often get a staff discount and you might even get to choose clothes off the rails to wear as a uniform. Be warned though, working as a shop assistant can often involve lots of standing around.
10. Theatre attendant
The season of pantomimes will soon be upon us (Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is!), so your local theatre could well be looking to hire some extra part-time theatre attendants. You might be helping people find their seats, serving food and drinks in the interval, or providing assistance to visitors with special needs. You’ll often get to watch the shows for free!
WHAT’LL HELP ME LAND THE JOB I WANT?
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