Having a part-time job whilst you’re still studying can benefit you in future job interviews. The following skills are the most valuable; however you can learn a lot more than just these dependent on what job you take on.
Transferable skills are a vital part of the working world and you can gain these from any part-time job. Time management/punctuality is probably the most important transferable skill as it teaches you to balance your workload and your work life with family commitments, hobbies and social interactions; being able to have your day organised will mean you’ll get more done.
72% of employers say that they are not satisfied with the lack of commercial awareness (business experience and knowledge of the industry- CBI survey, 2014) among young employees, so having a part-time job will give you this awareness and impress your future employer with your business knowledge and professional practice.
Initiative is another valuable skill that you’ll pick up from a part-time job, being able to be self-sufficient and deal with situations when they go wrong. Keep a note of any times you’ve has to overcome particularly difficult problems by using your initiative, these will be handy to relay in an interview.
Often you’ll get a job that will introduce you to your future career; this provides you with the opportunity to network and get necessary experience within that field. Even if your job doesn’t relate to your desired career, employers will still be impressed to see that you’ve grasped an opportunity to start work; you’ll learn a lot too! And if you’re unsure of what it is you want to do, a part-time job can give you an idea of what it is you like and don’t like. You might even discover a role whilst working there that you’d be interested in. Regardless, employers look for employees who understand the work environment and know how to work as part of a team and a part-time job gives you this and will make the transition from study to work easier.
Working in a part-time job can be hard work, but there are clear financial benefits. Earning a regular wage from a part-time job teaches you how to manage your finances: you’ll be better equipped at saving money by the time you have a full-time job and will find it easier to put money aside for bills every month.
So, if you’ve been um-ing and ah-ing over a whether or not to get a part-time job, go for it! It will be an amazing experience and you’ll learn a lot from it…you might even enjoy it, too!