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Benefits of Working a Part-Time Job as a Student

Wong Shu Lee  

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  August 17, 2021

University and college students often have a more flexible study schedule. Therefore, some people would consider working a part-time job in between classes or after classes. 

 

Committing to a part-time job on top of attending classes may sound tiring, but there are many benefits of working a part-time job as a student.

 

From making some extra money on the side to gaining valuable work experience, here’s why you should consider taking on part-time work.

 

1. You earn extra pocket money

 

Being a student usually means little or no money, but when you’re working part-time, you no longer have to worry about being able to afford the basic essentials – or relying on your parents or student funding to get by. 

 

You can start affording little luxuries like going out with friends and treating yourself to something nice without feeling guilty. You can even save it up to fund your dream in the near future. 

 

2. You learn to manage your money

 

When you start making money of your own, you have more autonomy in managing your own money. Besides, many people tend to become more cautious when spending their hard-earned cash. 

 

Not only can early employment help you build up long-term savings, but it also makes you financially aware from a young age, meaning you’ll have better budgeting and money management skills when you’re older, avoiding heaps of debt in the process! 

 

3. You gain transferable skills

 

A part-time job can help you gain skills that a university or college degree won’t teach you.

 

For instance, by working in a fast-paced environment, you will learn how to work as part of a team or on your own, as well as how to use your initiative and develop considerable attention to detail – all valuable skills that can be carried across different jobs and in all aspects of life! 

 

4. You become more confident

 

If you’re shy and introverted, a part-time job can help you come out of your comfort zone and aid in growing your confidence.

 

And as most student jobs are found in hospitality and retail, which are both mainly customer-facing industries, you’ll be forced to interact with lots of people that you wouldn’t normally talk to. As a result, you’ll learn to be more comfortable around others. 

 

5. You develop interpersonal skills

 

As well as confidence, student employment provides you with an opportunity to learn how to interact with different personalities – an essential skill in all types of jobs. 

 

Through part-time work, you will learn how to talk to a variety of people from different walks of life, forcing you to be sensitive to cultural differences in the workplace. You will also learn the best ways to communicate with your colleagues, forcing you to think about how your words can affect other people’s actions and vice versa. 

 

6. You build your professional network

 

No matter where you’re working, a part-time job gives you the chance to network with other people. So, even if you’re not gaining work experience in a field that you want to pursue, you are still making connections in the professional world.

 

7. You gain work experience

 

Gaining any work experience adds credibility to your CV, which can help you stand out as a viable candidate when you’re applying for an internship, apprenticeship, or a graduate job.

 

Employers generally prefer to hire applicants with some form of work experience, as they already have an understanding of workplace ethics and company culture. Work experience also shows that you’re a hard worker and that you’re good at multitasking as you found the time to work and study simultaneously. 

 

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Working while studying has a lot of advantages as long as you find the right balance between work, study and rest. Unfortunately, the current pandemic may not be helpful in finding part-time jobs. Recently, there is news reporting about part-time job scams on social media. Therefore, we always advise our readers to search for jobs from trusted job sites. 

 

If you’re working part-time right now that involves human contacts, please be extra careful and always adhere to the SOPs. Let’s stay safe while enjoying the benefits of working part-time!

 

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