Finding a part-time job
A part-time job can help you...
...learn about work, develop new skills and improve your chances of getting a job, apprenticeship or place on a course. Depending on the job, you can usually start working part-time when you're 13.
A recent survey of employers found that they were more interested in work experience than in qualifications when looking at job applicants.
Anne Jones, Huddersfield.
Jobs might be advertised:
- in local newspapers and on their websites.
- on notice boards and in shop windows.
- how much study you have to do
- time off to relax and enjoy yourself
BUT most part-time jobs are not advertised, they are filled by word of mouth, so...
...ask your careers adviser and your friends and family for suggestions of places to apply, use any contacts they have.
Take your CV round employers in your area - make sure you look reasonably smart.
Examples of part-time work for young people include...
...shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, hairdressers, newsagents, baby-sitting, dog walking, stables and gardening.
Some firms also employ seasonal staff, particularly around Christmas eg shops, hotels and restaurants and the Post Office, sometimes these turn into permanent jobs.
Go after work that uses your skills and talents. If you love animals you might try dog walking, if you like outdoor practical work perhaps gardening would suit you, if you’re outgoing and good with people you might try shop work.
Balance the hours you work with your school and college studies. Think carefully about how many hours you work and be realistic - you can always do extra hours when it suits you if they are offered.
Don't copy your friends, think about what you can manage. Working one day at the weekend or one evening during the week is often enough. Check the byelaws to see how long you can work and what you can do – the rules change with your age.
Remember you need time to do your home work and revise – one day at weekends, as well as most days after school/college. Think about how much study time you need in the holidays too.
The hours you can work under 18 are covered in the Working Time Regulations.
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Page updated June 2016