Tom blogs about Summer JobsTuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 AM
Tom, one of our student bloggers, talks money, summer jobs and thinking ahead and "out-the-box".
This month I've decided to take a little detour from direct university advice to talk about money. As it's now summer and (at least where I live) the sun has decided to show its merry little face, more and more teenagers are looking for jobs, and it's a tough market. As someone with no experience working in a shop, I have little to no chance of getting a sales assistant job from high street shops, but there are a few alternatives.
- Volunteer. It may seem like the most boring, dire thing in the world, and it quite possibly could be. But it'll give you that vital grounding of experience to set you apart from the other sixteen/seventeen-year-olds looking for a job. I currently spend my Wednesdays working at Sue Ryder, one of the charity shops down on the high street near to where I live. I have a good time because the people I work with are a great laugh, and I'm also gaining the experience that I need. Charity shops and similar outlets are practically begging to take on eager young workers, so take a gander down the road and you're bound to find something.
- Look at the more obscure jobs. Most people seem to think that most jobs come from shops, or cafes. How about looking around at distributing make-up for a leading brand, such as Avon? My main job as of right now is an editor for my old junior school, which involves me editing their school reports to make them grammar-friendly, as well as self-publishing a compilation novel of all of their students' best work. Not your usual Saturday job!
- Casual work! On the topic of Saturday jobs, a lot of less-prominent retailers and smaller businesses such as pawnbrokers are looking for casual workers, who will be paid cash-in-hand to work a weekend shift. These need no experience (usually), and can pay quite well for a job that's once or twice a week and will also, as with volunteering, provide you with utmost experience that will aid you in looking for more stable jobs for more money, which is always important.
Happy job-hunting, folks!