If you're looking for a part-time job, you might want to hear what these students had to say first
Your first job during college or university should be a great experience: you’re meeting people, learning new skills and building your confidence. But not everyone gets that lucky…
We asked the TSR community about their favourite and most-hated part-time jobs. Here’s what they had to say.
Retail (high street shops, supermarkets and other stores)
Ah retail. Standing all day, crack-of-dawn starts on a Saturday (which should be illegal) and non-existent Christmas holidays. It’s no walk in the park, as Sr90 explains.
But don’t let that put you off. After all, some members had only positives to share:
But then there's the dark side of retail that anyone who’s ever worked in the industry can relate to...
Well... that says it all really.
Hospitality (bar, restaurant and event jobs)
Working behind a bar or waiting tables is another favourite industry for busy students. After all, chatting to customers as you serve food and drink can’t be too stressful, right? Think again…
Of course, the tips! Easily the best thing about the industry, sometimes you can be taking home 20 or 30 quids’ worth of change a night. Just so long as that’s not ALL you’re getting paid…
No matter how bad it gets, sometimes you’ve got to just take any positives you can get from the situation. Member CTLevers shows us how to look on the bright side of life:
If you prefer talking on the phone rather than in person, you may have considered a job in telesales before. The promise of high commission on the sales you make and cash bonuses for hitting those targets tempts many students through the door… but not for that long, it would seem:
AngryRedhead shares the same sentiment:
But at least you can give your brain a rest from all the studying – following the handy script they give you saves you a lot of time and energy:
And here’s a few random ones…
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