How do I get a part-time job while studying overseas?

One of the main advantages as an international student is that you get to work part-time while studying:

Australia – 40 hours fortnightly and full-time during the holidays
New Zealand – 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays
United Kingdom – 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays

There are so many benefits to this! 
– You get to have experience before you graduate especially if you get a job relevant to your interests and course. Don’t understimate the role of a retail staff or service crew! Such experiences hone your crisis management skills, interpersonal skills and most importantly the ability to think on your feet.
– You earn to offset some cost of living.
– You make friends outside of your University

Of course, always weigh your priorities and make sure you are able to balance studies and a part-time job. 

So with this in mind, how should I start to get part-time employment?

First things first, make sure you apply for the necessary tax file numbers that would ensure that all tax and national insurance contributions made while working are recorded correctly. 

AustraliaTax File Number (TFN) is to be applied online. 
New Zealand IRD Number is to be applied online.
United Kingdom – You may have a National Insurance (NI) number printed on the back of your biometric residence permit (BRP). You don’t need to apply for a National Insurance number if you already have one, or one is printed on your BRP.

Once you have got this settled, you may start the adventure of searching for a job! Here are some recommendations on the modes of search:

1) Job-search website – Use popular job search websites like the following to look for employment.

Australia – Seek, Australian JobSearch, and Gumtree
New ZealandSeek, Trademe Jobs and Careers NZ
United Kingdom Student Jobs UK, Reed and Student Employment Services

2) Jobs listing on campus boards
Take a walk around campus and keep your eyes open on any job opportunities listed on your campus notice boards! These are casual and popular ways some employers look for casual employment, especially for on-campus employment.

3) Walk-in to restaurants, cafes and retails
Pick up your courage and walk in to various hospitality and retail shops along the city or popular laneways to ask if they are looking to hire. Most employers are looking for frontliners who are able to speak fluent English and it would help them to make a decision knowing that you can speak smoothly. 

4) Career and Employment Centre in the University
Make full use of the Career and Employment Centre located in almost all Universities. It provides a professional support service that aims to increase employability and career development for all current students. The advantage of the Centre is that it assists students in vetting through their resumes and recommend certain changes for improvements. It holds networking sessions for students to engage with potential employers as well. 

5) Be out there and network!
Get out there and speak to lecturers, professors and seniors of your University to get tips on how to get employment, or even better still, ask if they know of any opportunities that you can grab! Your time abroad is limited thus there is no space for procastination and complacency. Thicken your skin and get them to know of your presence and your intention to look for casual employment. 

With these tips at your fingertips, I certainly hope you hitch an enjoyable job in no time!




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