Hi there. I'm a university student at the moment, and I've actually not had a fully paid part-time or full-time job before now(shocking I know, in this current day and age.) First and foremost, I know it's alot harder to get part-time job, especially one in retail and in a hotly contested city(Manchester.) Is it harder for someone with no experience such as myself to get a part-time job at my age(20)?
Also, just filling out several applications and forms, and I realise that most of these applications ask for 2 references or referees, one being a recent employer or tutor(I've listed one of my lecturers, I don't think he actually likes me though) and the other being a personal referee. I'm kind of abit stumped on who to put for my personal referee seeing as I have already put a lecturer/tutor up as one. It's supposed to be someone who knows you pretty well, but not related to you in any sense. Now I don't have a work colleague because of my mentioned lack of experience, and I hardly think friends and family, no matter how educated and prestigious they are, could provide an unbiased or acceptable view of me in which the employers could think that I could indeed be a viable option.
Anyhow, any help could be appreciated towards this utterly useless and clueless student. I am still living a little bubble, drifting towards my last year of university and trying not to think about the big bad world, and I really do think that this might be a step outside!
Have you done any extra activities outside your lectures and seminars at uni? You could use the head of a uni society, a karate teacher, a driving instructor, a scout master, someone you've babysat for etc.