Congrats, you’ve done it! You’ve made it through the Leaving Cert, and you’re looking towards the future. Maybe you’re going to college, you’ll take a year off to travel, or you’ve enrolled in an apprenticeship – the world is your oyster.
A part-time job offers benefits to prepare students for a successful work-life after graduation. Don’t believe us? Here are 7 benefits of having a part-time job in college:
Gain valuable work experience
A part-time job can help you gain key skills from work experience that a college degree won’t teach you.
By working in a fast-paced environment, for example, you will learn how to work as part of a team or on your own, as well as how to use your initiative and develop considerable attention to detail – all valuable skills that can be carried across different jobs and in all aspects of life!
Boots your CV
Having a job in college shows future employers you can professionally conduct yourself, be reliable, know how to communicate, and have workplace skills an employer values. It can also help you negotiate a more substantial base salary or benefits package.
Get job references & build your professional network
No matter where you’re working, a part-time job allows you to network with others. So, even if you’re not gaining work experience in a field you want to pursue, you are still making connections in the professional world.
Most jobs require references, and listing a previous employer who can speak highly of your work ethic goes a long way when you’re being considered for a position.
With WrkWrk, you could be working at a concert today and at a corporate award ceremony on Tuesday! You’ll meet lots of different people with different backgrounds and experiences.
Time management skills
Want to be a time management ninja? Try balancing your college work, work work, your hobbies and social life! And one of the major benefits of WrkWrk is that YOU decide when you work! Too many assignments due this week? No need to work. No classes next week? Pick up a couple of extra shifts! Heading away with the gang during the summer? We’ve got plenty of shifts to keep you busy before and after!
Getting a pet-time job can improve your social life, regardless of whether your shift across town or a different county. Every work environment brings you the opportunity to make lifetime friends!
You’ll naturally bond with some colleagues and will end up spending time with them outside of the workplace. (this might be a good time to check out our blog on how to work shifts with friends!)
Learn how to budget
When you start making your own money, you tend to become more cautious about how you spend your hard-earned cash.
Plus, with WrkWrk, you’ll still get to attend some of Ireland’s biggest concerts and events! (Did we ever tell you about the girl that worked at every Dermot Kennedy concert in Ireland in Summer 2022?)
Earn spending money
What better reason is there to get a part-time job than earning some extra cash? (We probably should have put this as No. 1)
Being a student usually means little or no money, but when you’re working part-time, you no longer have to worry about being able to afford the essentials – or relying on your parents or student funding to get by.