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Any advice for a first year student on finding a part-time job?
Original post by ak00007
Any advice for a first year student on finding a part-time job?


Probably the same advice I would give to college students:

Be as available as you can

Network like crazy

Tailor your CV - most of your education would be irrelevant

Include industry recognised and industry specific qualifications where relevant - especially if cheap, easy to do, and can be obtained over a few days

Apply to temp agencies

Be open to manual labour

Go for small and medium companies and apply speculatively - ideally get word from your network before handing in your CV

Don't necessarily go for highly regulated industries unless they're closely related to what you're studying/want to do later in life



I would also look into internships and insight days should you wish to work at large corporate companies upon graduation. As you are in your first year, you are in the prime time to apply for these opportunities, and the competition would be fierce.
Original post by ak00007
Any advice for a first year student on finding a part-time job?


Look on indeed.com
Look on companies own websites (as some places such as tesco, mcdonalds etc etc have the vacancies on the careers section of their website and require you to apply online).
For smaller places, look in shop windows.
Original post by ak00007
Any advice for a first year student on finding a part-time job?

You could consider internship to experience first hand your desired career. There are paid internships, but if you need more of a part time job, I would advise leveraging LinkedIn a lot more. Attend professional networking events to meet industry experts who tend to look for fresh talent. You can consider participating in voluntary roles pending when you get a job. This will help you prepare the skills you need for relevant jobs.
Original post by ak00007
Any advice for a first year student on finding a part-time job?
Aside from online platforms like Handshake, Indeed and Linkedin, some of my friends simply print out their CVs and go around the shops in town asking for possible part-time jobs! Some retailers have QR codes you can scan at their shop window for you to apply online as well. I personally found a part time job through friends who were already working part-time in retail. Hope this helps! 🙂

Zhi En
(Kingston Student Rep.)
(edited 1 month ago)

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