Keeping yourself busy with a student part-time job is advisable, especially if you can link this student job with your current line of studies.  The part-time jobs will aid in building your CV as well as adding a bit of coin to the pocket.  Have a look at our 10 Part-time jobs that will enhance your career path in all the fields available to you at Varsity.

 

1. Promotional Rep Part-time jobs

Promotional jobs tends to be extremely flexible and pays your for socialising with others.  For any extrovert out there PR is definitely a part-time job option. Just remember that your potential employer will most probably check out your social media – it’s a good idea to keep it clean anyway.

Matters to consider:

  • Flexible Hours
  • Hours can be long at days
  • Generally a relaxed environment

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Brand Ambassador

Promotional Rep career links with:

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources

 

2. Hospitality Part-time jobs.

Restaurants, bars and clubs offer some of the best student part-time jobs, simply because they tend to be extremely flexible with the hours.

Matters to consider:

  • The hours are flexible
  • You will have tips to be included
  • Great Camaraderie
  • Food Discount/ Free Food
  • Hours can be long and tiresome

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Cashier
  • Cook/ Catering
  • Delivery Driver
  • Host/Hostess
  • Waitress/ Bar Man
  • Cleaner/Washer
  • Cloakroom Attendants
  • Bouncers

Hospitality career links with:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Event Organiser
  • Public Relations

 

3. Retail Part-time jobs.

Retail has two main benefits, the one being that your work environment should be nice enough, somewhere in a mall. And the second is all the store discounts. When considering this option, I would consider where I buy many of my desired items.  Try and find a job within this franchise, simple because a store discount can be very valuable for any student.

Matters to consider:

  • Store Discount
  • Nice work Environment
  • Hours are often inconsistent

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Stock Clerk
  • Merchandising
  • Retail Sales

Retail career links with:

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Business Analysis
  • Buyer
  • Merchandising
  • Management

 

4. Customer Service Part-time jobs.

The biggest advantage in customer services is that it can be very flexible and there tends to be ample job opportunities. However customer service jobs also tends to demand the most amount of energy in keeping your calm and accepting the customer is always right attitude. You should know if this is something you can do, otherwise you will find out soon.

Matters to consider:

  • Ample & Different job opportunities
  • Can be Flexible

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Cashier
  • Customer Service Rep
  • Call Center

Customer Service career links with:

  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Public Relations

 

5. Teaching Part-time jobs.

Teaching can be a very rewarding student Part-time job, simply because of the job satisfaction from helping others out and seeing your reward in their success.  Another reason is that you can teach anything you are currently studying, it’s not dependent on a particular field or a particular time schedule.

Matters to consider:

  • Flexible time, but the hours can be inconsistent
  • Pay can be considerable good

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Tutor for Varsity students or High school pupils.
  • Grader

Teaching career links with:

  • Art/Dance/Drama Classes
  • Science/Math/Accounting Tutor
  • Becoming an actual teacher/ lecturer/ prof
  • Becoming a Kindergarten teacher
  • Child/Adult Psychologist
  • Social Worker

 

6. Language Part-time jobs.

Being proficient in a language can great a very enjoyable student part-time job opportunity.  This is because your language skills can be applied to various job opportunities with all different job environment options.

Matters to consider:

  • Flexible hours
  • Often you can choose your own work environment
  • Have deadlines to keep to

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Translator
  • Writer
  • Reviewer
  • Editor for other students (in regards to their theses)

Language career links with:

  • Language Studies
  • Copywriting
  • SEO
  • Journalism

 

7. Financial Part-time jobs.

Being smart with numbers can also get you a nice cozy bookkeeping job.  Find yourself a small shop of sort and offer to handle their books for a a bit.  You might make your first client before you know it.

Matters to consider:

  • Flexible hours
  • Often you can choose your own work environment
  • Have deadlines to keep to
  • Need to be focus and realise the serious nature of your service

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Book Keeping
  • Cashier – Retail

Financial career links with:

  • Accountant
  • Economist
  • Management

8. Art Part-time jobs.

Art students have an opportunity to start building their freelancing career and portfolio as soon as the first day of Varsity.  Find your first client and start building on your skill set.

Matters to consider:

  • Flexible hours
  • Often you can choose your own work environment
  • Have deadlines to keep to

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Start freelancing, find your first client and go show him the excellent logos you can design.

Financial career links with:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer
  • Animator
  • Web Designer
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Branding

 

9. Law Part-time jobs.

The field of Law can be very daunting, especially in having to make a decision about what sector of the law you will be specialising in.  It is for this reason that Law students should take the financial earnings secondary to the work experience gained.

Matters to consider:

  • Get involved with the professional world immediately
  • Need to be focus and realise the serious nature of your service
  • Have deadlines to keep to

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Some Law firms will have student part-time jobs.  Ensure that your CV is up to date and your cover letter is perfect.  The competition can be big within this industry
  • Otherwise consider helping out some Charity organisations.  Many can do with some legal advice.

Law career links with:

  • Lawyer
  • Attorney
  • Administrator
  • Legal Secretary
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor

 

10. Sport Part-time jobs.

Studying the field of sports can be very rewarding, especially considering most work environment and the flexible time schedule for this field.

Matters to consider:

  • Flexible Hours
  • Can make good Money
  • Nice work environments

Part-time Job opportunities:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Coach Assistant

Sport career links with:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Coach
  • Sport Teacher
  • Biokineticist
  • Masseuse
  • Physiotherapist

 

Places to find student part-time jobs:

When choosing your part time job, you should try and choose a job in line with your current studies.  This is not essential, but it will add great value to finding that first professionally qualified job.  But the essential part is that any job will aid in building your resume, simply because it shows your potential future boss that you are responsible in finding solutions to problems.

 

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 Written by Lizl Brink, Lizl is copywriter and designer based in Johannesburg, she is also a frequent contributor to the Mafadi blog, and as an Urban investor and rejuvenation shares a passion for urban regeneration, go check out her personal portfolio here
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