Nearly all students want to get temporary work, reigning in a bit of much needed cash.
This time of year especially as Christmas is approaching. You want to buy gifts for parents, siblings, other family members, but you want some pocket cash too, so you can make the most of the youthful days, getting out to the cinema, or hitting the town clubbing it.
Students are frequenting these places, and yet there are very few actually taking the time to consider working in them, either part time, or as a seasonal job. The same applies to when you go to a restaurant, and yeah…even McDonalds.
Why is that some students don’t pay attention to these types of jobs?
It’s usually because it doesn’t fall in line with their career plans. You may be studying to become a hairdresser, so it’d make no sense for your career to get a job in the catering industry. After all, you’d want to working in a salon, doing the hairdressing and not making the tea for the customers, right?
Probably so, but you’re still having to deal with people. That’s where there’s an overlap in the skills gained from work experience. The same can apply to graduate students. Say for example studying for a degree in finance.
Why would you go work in a chip shop, and risk ruining your CV by having that on it?
The answer’s simple as it’s not about what you do…
The harsh reality is that you can actually learn a lot more valuable life skills from rubbish jobs, than any amount of interning can give you.
First, you get to experience the cash coming in, and low-level jobs force you to realise that. If you’re living it at home, earning minimum wage, wait until you see that pay packet. It’s going to be more to you when you don’t have house bills to pay, but when you think of all the people who have to survive on what you are paid, you’ll be thankful for your studies, knowing you’re working to improve your level of pay.
You may think you’re an excellent people person, and can handle customers no problem, but try working in a restaurant. When people start complaining that their dinner’s cold, the service is slow, they’ve been short-changed, the table had a spot of salt on it, and the bogs were disgraceful.
You’d better believe you’re going to get hands on experience dealing with difficult customers. This is how you discover first hand if you really are a people person, or if you’re kidding yourself on by thinking you are. Then you’ve the colleagues you’ll be working with. Most of these places will have at least one member of staff who cannot be bothered with the work they do and continually whinge about it.
Heck, sometimes it’s even the management in some places.
That’s going give you invaluable work experience at dealing with conflict in the workplace. Maybe even hands on experience at motivating staff, and possibly elevate you up the ranks to a shift supervisor.
Rubbish jobs get you the experience that employers rely on, and shouldn’t be ruled out because your career focus. Employers require staff to be punctual, reliable, deal with customers courteously, work with good etiquette, be responsible, and most importantly – to mind your Ps and Qs. Knowing what to say, when to say it, and what not to say, in times of difficult circumstances.
Sometimes considered common sense, but yet can be frustratingly difficult when you’re in the thick of it, in a low paying job, that seems on the surface of things, to be more hassle than it’s worth. Even the most boring type of job you can think of, that doesn’t necessarily conjure up career enticing thoughts, can actually be beneficial to your long term career. It’s the value of the real life work experience you take away from it and begin to appreciate why you’re studying.
You can learn a lot from any type of job, and make some pocket cash in the process. You just have to get yourself out there and get the work done. Your portfolio of skills developed will be something you’ll be thankful for when you’re ready to start focusing on the career you want.