Part-Time Employment: Questions to Ask Yourself

April 21, 2015 | Fresh Futures News Part-Time Employment: Questions to Ask Yourself
International students often work part-time when studying to help finance their education. This is often sued to help with the cost of living abroad and just to have some spending money. There are several ways that you can go about finding a part-time job. Here’s what you need to know.

The Type of Job You Can Do

Your language ability and visa will determine the type of job you’re able to do. You should check if you have any visa restrictions prior to looking for any type of work. A standard student visa to Canada, UK, New Zealand or Australia can allow you to work up to 20 hours each week and full-time during your holidays. In the U.S. you’re restricted to on-campus work for 20 hours each week. You may end up working in the cafeteria, administration office, shops, a faculty, or the cafeteria.
In most cases you won’t be able to get work in the field you’re studying for. Anything you do will add you your experience and help you in future job hunting. Here are some jobs that international students may end up doing:
• Bar and waiting on tables
• Working in retail
• Working in a warehouse
• Being a call center phone operator
• Doing data entry
• Being a language teacher

These jobs all offer part-time, flexible shifts so the job can be done around your coursework. You need to have abilities in the language of the country you’re in before applying for any job which will require speaking ability such as a phone operator.

Finding a Job

You usually won’t be able to find a job until you’re settled in and used to the surroundings. You can look at the employment center at your university to start. Employers will want to meet with you in person. The employment center can help you with job applications and get you ready for the job interview. They will also help you understand the job practices of the country you’re in.
Career websites online are also another good place to look for work opportunities. Sites like www.reed.co.uk and www.jobsite.co.uk are UK sites while www.monster.com in the US or www.seek.com.au in Australia are similar sites you can use. The UK’s job center is a government run facility that can help you. Local newspapers are also a good way to find a job. You will end up doing something that you may not like, but its great work experience. You will pick up new skills which can help you later on in your chosen job career.

Getting Paid

You need to understand the payment terms before you start the job. Countries have a minimum wage that they are required to pay you. This will vary depending upon the country you’re in. Payment is usually made weekly or monthly and I can be deposited directly into your account in most cases. There’s tax that needs to be paid out of the salary you make. You need a local tax n umber which is Tax File Number in Australia, and a National Insurance number in the UK. When you leave your studies you may also get a tax return you’ll have to fill out.

Volunteer Work

You don’t get paid for volunteer work, but this can be very helpful to you. You learn valuable skills and this can help your resume and job opportunities in the future. Just make sure it’s volunteer work and not something a person could be paid for doing. Most volunteer work is done by non-profit organizations or some type of work experience.

How to Fit the Work In

You’ll have a lot on your plate such as lectures, language classes, sleeping, social activities, exams, and course work to do as well as work if you choose to work. You need to look at the courses you’re doing and if you can actually work part-time. If the curse work is heavy or you’re doing a lot of group work, then you might not have the time for part-time employment. Some jobs can help you a great deal as you’ll make new friends and gain valuable skills so look at part-time work carefully as it has a lot of benefits for you. Just make sure the work isn’t a determent to your studies.

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