Taking a part-time job while studying may not be for everyone, and may not seem necessary, but they can be incredibly helpful when seeking a graduate role further down the line.
Your first year of university is the time to start laying the foundation for a successful career. Trust us, come second and third year when the work really kicks in, you’ll be thankful you did so much early on.
A CV boost
Now the type of part-time work you find may not seem the most relevant – but there are ways to even make a barista job stand out on your CV. It may not be your final career goal, but taking on some extra work in first year and tailoring it on your CV shouldn’t be sniffed at (plus you’ll be thankful for the extra savings you gain when you’re stuck in the library on a Saturday night a couple of years down the line).
This is also the time to get to know those on the SU careers team, as they hold the keys to all part-time work on campus. They will also have all the info you need for work during the holiday period, so don’t neglect this option.
What part-time work during your first year does is offer you the flexibility to approach your employers at other times during your studies for more flexible working hours when exams and essays really kick in – but get in there first; competition for such roles will be extremely fierce during freshers.
Getting a job with the SU or university is also a great idea, as it will help you build a solid relationship with your institution and the members of staff within it. You’ll also get to know other students you may not meet otherwise AND they are super flexible around exams and holiday periods.
Have a master CV and cover letter ready to tweak and handout around town as soon as you get there.
Ah the dreaded budget discussion. Parents, older siblings, friends and everyone under the sun will probably have already given their two cents on how to budget during freshers and your first year, and the importance of it.
Obviously you don’t want to blow your entire student loan during week one, so getting a part-time job can help balance the books a bit. It is also a wonderful skill to have – being able to budget effectively and successfully juggle part-time work with your studies is something future employers will lap up.
So there you have it – your Freshers guide to careers. Have fun and stay focused (and remember: eating is not cheating).