Top 3 reasons to work part-time while you study in Australia

17 November 2020

What are the top 3 reasons to work part-time while you study?

University isn’t cheap, especially when you aren’t living at home anymore or you’re an international student. Tuition, additional fees, living expenses. It adds up.

Yes, there are sometimes scholarships, but these are often few and far between. A part-time job, however, isn’t as difficult to obtain.

working part-time at a deli
Consider working part-time while you study

1. There are plenty of options

Students searching for a job have a lot of options—side, part-time weekend or evening jobs, or holiday jobs. There are plenty of vacancies and now with online postings, it’s easier than ever to find the right job for you.

Side Jobs: Side jobs are great because companies tend to offer special flexible hours for them. This means that you can build your work into your existing schedule. Often these positions are in the catering or logistics sector, but you can also often find side jobs that are more connected to your area of study. Hello, resume building!

Part-time Weekend or Evening Jobs: Many students also like jobs that have evening or weekend hours. While this could mean that you spend most of your weekdays studying, with your evening or weekend free time working, you may prefer the more set schedule. Bonus—if you’re studying in Australia, you’ll be paid a premium rate for working evening or weekend hours! Yes, even in retail.

Holiday Jobs: Working during your break doesn’t only save your evenings and weekends for free time fun during the rest of the year, but it also decreases the stress you may otherwise have if working with also trying to study, especially during exam season.

2. Spending and Saving

Many of us could do a better job tracking our spending. It’s easier said than done. There are, of course, some months in which you spend more than usual (we’re looking at you December), but that isn’t reason to panic.

Use the other months of the year to prepare for these periods in which you know you’ll spend more. Put some money aside each month. Even if it’s only $50 a month, it all adds up!

3. Networking and Making Connections

Working while you study doesn’t have to just be about money. Use the opportunity to make some new contacts that could be useful for your future career goals! Even if you don’t quite know where you want to go or what you want to do, it’s always helpful to have a good network.


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