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3 tips for getting the most out of part-time jobs

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As a college student, it can often feel like your part time job is purely for bringing in the cash you need to splash on your expenses and social activities. This, however, is not necessarily the case. The experience gained from working a part time job can be invaluable towards assisting with your selection of a future career, as well as contributing to landing your first full-time entry-level job later down the track.

1. On-the-job experience

As far as choosing a career goes, you may have already decided. Obviously you’ve enrolled in a college degree, and now it’s just a matter of time before you land your dream job and get started, right? Well, actually, using your choice of part time work to gain particular experience that will assist with your career selection is a good start. Sometimes when you gain on-the-job work experience in a particular field, you may actually change your mind about thinking it’s the perfect career for you.

Part time jobs can be tricky to land, but if you are presented with choice, why not select one that’s closest to the type of job you’ll work once you’ve completed your degree? For example, work as a veterinary assistant while studying to become a vet. Use this opportunity to test the waters and see if you feel comfortable working in a similar environment in which you’ll soon be qualified.

2. Future benefits

As well as using your part time job as an opportunity to test if you enjoy a particular type of work, you can also leverage it to land yourself your first ‘real’ job sooner. The work experience you gain during college will be included on the resume you submit for prospective full-time jobs once qualified. An empty resume won’t impress a prospective employer, nor will having one that fails to contain any outstanding information.

Separate yourself from future competition by using time worked in your part-time job to earn credit for future job applications. Accomplishments such as taking on higher duties, greater responsibility, winning awards, and being promoted will all look fantastic on your resume. Ask your manager if you can take on new work so you have the opportunity to learn different job skills and gain broader exposure to the work environment. You could also assist with designing a strategy to save the business money or increasing the level of customer satisfaction, for example.

3. Expand your network

Holding down a part-time job will also help you to expand your professional network. You’ll create connections and relationships with people that may be able to assist you with finding work at a later date. Your manager may be willing to provide a reference for you, or your colleague may recommend you to their employer at such time as they gain full-time work.

Working hard now will pay off in the future, as you present a resume and work experience that demonstrates your commitment to work and your enthusiasm to achieve beyond minimum expectations.

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Joe Flanagan, Senior Resume Consultant at Velvet Jobs

Joe Flanagan, Senior Outplacement Consultant at Velvet Jobs

Joe Flanagan is the Senior Outplacement Consultant at Velvet Jobs, offering outplacement services and a search facility for job seekers of all ages and industries. His expertise include resume writing, job search tips and hiring issues. When he’s not trying to improve the unemployment rate you can find him traveling the world and learning new languages.
Posted August 28, 2015 by

College Life: 5 Financial Tips that will save your Wallet’s Life in School

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Save Money words on a chalkboard illustrating back to school savings or instructions on how to save on your education costs. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

College can be a life-shaping financial experience. It is the start of independence for young people and the genesis of credit scores, bank accounts, car loans, and other firsts. If you are starting this journey with limited financial education or if you would like to know some practical tools for keeping as much of your money as you can, here are five financial areas where you can cut costs while in college. (more…)

Posted August 20, 2015 by

4 Ways Colleges and Universities Can Benefit from Grant Management

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Grants word on paper folder showing scholarship or higher education concept. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Colleges and universities offer grants as a comprehensive resource as it assists students and faculty in meeting the cost of operation of the institution. In the past, a post-secondary degree was considered a pathway to opportunities for the growing jobs in the new economy. Employment requires education beyond a high school, thus there is a need for higher education. However, many individuals find it difficult to access education at the university level because of various reasons. Various stakeholders came up with appropriate programs that supplement and support education at a higher standard. The introduction of grants to colleges and universities has greatly helped. Here are some of the benefits of higher learning institutions that implement proper grant managing experience. (more…)

Posted April 13, 2015 by

How Can You Carry More GCSEs from Your Home When You Need Supervised Coursework?

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Rear view of students with hands raised with a teacher in the classroom. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

General Certification of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic qualification for a specific subject. Pupils of age 14-16 take this exam as secondary education in England, Wales and North Ireland.

If you genuinely wish to improve your comprehensive resume and earning likely, gaining more GCSEs is the best way to do this. If however going to college is not on hand and you want to use home study or learning online courses to do this, how you do will get around the fact that GCSEs now involve that coursework must be done under exam conditions. This will not lend itself to learning online or home analyzes courses.

Well, there is now away to achieve this. It’s called IGCSE (International General Certificate of Second Education.) The IGCSE is assessed by a final exam. There is no coursework. This causes it to become particularly suitable for home study. (more…)

Posted April 09, 2015 by

Saving on Schooling: Slick Tips to Stick to a Budget in College

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Chalkboard with “Budget” written on it. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Who has the time and energy to work, earn money, and study while attending college? Here are some slick tips to help you stick to a budget in college and give you a leg up when it comes to figuring out first time finances.

Write a Budget
You listed expenses and income, set priorities in case funds run short, and allocated an amount to each item, right? If not, do this today. Use free, online budget software and worksheets you can download, or make your own.
Account for expenses students often overlook:
Tithing and charitable contributions.
Auto maintenance and repair.
Savings – List as an expense each pay period. Use only for planned purchases like books or travel home.
Gifts, cards – Don’t be robbed of the joy of giving.
Emergency savings – Covers out-of-pocket expenses like ER co-pays, major car repairs, or a lawyer should you need help fighting traffic tickets, for example, but not that college students are ever in a hurry, of course.
Fun money – a set amount to spend as you please. (more…)

Posted March 24, 2015 by

Everything You Need to Know to Move Out After Graduating College

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Sarah Landrum

I’m sure we can all pretty much agree that the freedom and independence of college life is great. Your significant other can stay over whenever you please, you can blast the music as loud as you want, and ordering Chinese food in the middle of the night is totally acceptable. When you’re living with your best friends, there’s no one around to judge you. That’s why moving back in with your parents after graduating from college might seem like a bit of a culture shock, or even a nightmare.

There are ways to move out on your own after college. Whether you’re tired of your parents or are relocating for a new job, we’ll walk you through it. (more…)

Posted March 12, 2015 by

5 Ways to Keep up Your Optimism while Searching for a Job

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Unemployment can really kill the high spirits of even some of the most optimistic people. Expenses keep adding up, people won’t stop asking you about your progress, and your utter boredom is enough to keep reminding you again and again about how you’re just too “free” to be normal. Life’s tough, but that shouldn’t keep you from going on and realizing your aspirations.

Remember, everyone goes through this phase at some point of their life and it sure isn’t easy for them either. Now, you might be thinking of the list of people who immediately got a job without much hassle. However, the first opportunity you leap into isn’t always the best.

From my own personal experience, I’ve seen a lot of people who simply grab the first chance they get of a “well-paid” job (or what they think is a well-paid job) only to quit it later because it wasn’t satisfying another need. That go-get-it attitude isn’t always rewarding in the long-term because you haven’t really thought through what you really want and explored all possible job opportunities. (more…)

Posted February 27, 2015 by

Considerations for Your Next Move (How It Can Affect Your Career)

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Deborah Anderson

While it is true that it is still pretty early in the school year for most college students, those finals and the last days of the school year are just around the corner. It is easy to plan out how you will address the class requirements, but sometimes the other aspects of life are missed or not given as much attention and you may find yourself “throwing it together” when faced with projects at the end of the year.

One of those areas is the dorm room or suite that you have occupied and that you won’t be needing in the summer. Even if you have already graduated (congratulations!), you may not have found that next place to live, or if you have, you may be wondering if this is your final destination. Speaking from experience, that choice of where to live can sometimes change a few times in life, especially as it relates to jobs! (more…)

Posted December 15, 2014 by

Why Buying A Car Is Like Finding A Job: What Millennials Need To Know

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Beautiful young woman buying a car at dealership. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Studies have shown that millennials are completely changing the way that cars are purchased. Often overwhelmed with student loans and other debt, today’s younger car shoppers are looking for a different type of vehicle than other generations did at their age. With that being said, millennials are projected to account for as much as 40 percent of car purchases by 2020. Therefore, it is important for this generation to take the car buying process seriously. In many ways, it should be taken as seriously as looking for a job. In this vein, here are a few tips to consider when purchasing a new vehicle. (more…)

Posted November 17, 2014 by

6 Perks of Part-Time Job While Studying

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Portrait of a teenage girl working part time in a stationery shop. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Getting on the road of becoming adults is the most exciting phase for the children. But to their surprise, the age of adolescence is not only about having fun and chill, but it also brings many responsibilities to own. This is the time when you start taking the responsibilities at a more mature and productive level.

According to some stats, it is recorded that around 80% of the students are involved in part time job activities. But it is a fact that getting hands on a part time job during academic years is often difficult for the students to get. But in order to get a job, a student must also understand the benefits and the perks of getting to work as a part timer during the educational years. (more…)