Should I get a holiday job?
Holidays are here and the choice is yours. You can sit on the beach and relax with your friends or get a job over your break. We can understand why this might seem like a hard sell, but there are plenty of positives to getting a job over your summer break. Even a 3 day a week job will help to fill up your bank account, while giving you precious experience for your resume. Here are five simple reasons why it is worth considering getting a job this summer.
Add some professional experience to your resume
A holiday job is a great way to start building your CV. Having professional experience like a holiday job is a strong way to demonstrate to a future employer that you have the skills and mindset to be a great addition to their organisation.
Make new friends
A holiday job can be a great way to meet new people and to make new friends. Often it’s easy to stick with the same group of people you always have and to not get out of your comfort zone. A holiday job is the perfect way to change that and to expose yourself to some really different people who could end up becoming lifelong friends.
Earn instead of churn
Holidays are typically a time when you spend lots of money through social activities.. Getting a job doesn’t just earn you money from working, it also saves the money that you would have otherwise spent on random activities. So really, it is a double saving!
Depending on the job you might get free or cheap stuff! Whether it is working at a shop or cafe don’t underestimate how much you could save by getting an employee discount at your work.
You’ll learn what you like and what you hate
The best way to learn if you are a good fit for a job is to do it. Sometimes one of the best lessons a summer job can give you is to discover that you really don’t like working in a particular industry or area. This can be particularly valuable in helping you to shape which direction you head in down the track.
Increase your skills
We’ve put this last, but it is almost definitely the most significant part of a holiday job. Whatever job you choose, whether it is making coffee, working in a shop or working for your friends business, you are guaranteed to be learning a tonne of new skills. We recommend after you finish your job to sit down and using a skills list write examples of when in that job you demonstrated a particular skill. The great thing about this list is that you will then be able to use it in future job interviews and in your resume.
It might also be meaningful and fun!
These are just a few of the different thing you will gain out of getting a summer job, but let’s not forget that it might also just be plain fun or meaningful. So have a think and if getting a summer job sounds like a fit for you start applying for a range of roles today!