The obvious benefit of earning money, taking on part-time work while you study can significantly boost your employability after graduation.
While qualifications are necessary, employers value work experience very highly. In some sectors, it is vital to demonstrate that you have experience of working in that field to secure a full-time job. Employers look for part-time work on CVs as it helps to show that you are self-motivated, reliable and have experience of the world of work.
Part-time work can be a beneficial experience in a particular profession or sector and provides you with a useful referee outside of the University. It also puts you in a strong position if applying for a full-time job within that organisation as the staff there will know what you are capable of.
It can also give you the opportunity to develop a network of contacts who might look favourably upon any future applications you make.
CVs and applications are all about demonstrating the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained. Part-time work can provide you with the perfect opportunity to gather the evidence for this. These areas include:
There are many different opportunities to work outside of the university. You need to consider whether you are looking for experiences within a particular subject area or sector or more general work experience. In all cases, you will gain evidence of the transferable skills listed under the benefits of earn as you learn.
You can also make use of the holidays. Don’t forget that shops need extra staff for the Christmas rush, and thus they start to advertise in September.
Local newspapers often include job adverts. Online jobs often have student-friendly part-time vacancies.
If you enquire be prepared to be interviewed on the spot, so present yourself smartly and take a CV.
Recruitment agencies may offer part-time work, particularly specialist agencies such as those offering care or catering opportunities.
Many part-time jobs do not get advertised, they rely on word-of-mouth.
Not all job opportunities are legit. Some are devised to get money out of you. Please be careful.
The following tips might help you spot a scam, don’t forget that if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is!
Study permits: Working in South Africa
In terms of Section 13 (3) of the new Immigration Act of 2004, a holder of a valid study permit may conduct work for not more than 20 working hours per week, as well as full time during academic vacations. However, please note that you have to be a continuing student in good standing to do this during the long vacation.
IAPO will issue permission for a student to conduct such work activities. A student has to obtain an official letter granting employment from the potential employer before IAPO issues the permission to work.
You can also gain experience here at the University. UCT is employing students across a whole range of positions right on campus.
Faculties, departments, student housing and residence employ students part time in various positions. Library departments and branch libraries recruit Student Assistants independently, so when enquiring about a job, you need to approach the section or branch library where you feel you would like to work.
Recruitment is usually in October / November for the following year, however this varies in some sections and branches. Look out for the advertisements for these posts on Library notice boards and the Libraries’ website.
Careers service has also helped students to find part-time work outside of the University. Click on the link for further details of part time roles
A part-time job needs a serious and good quality application, so don’t rush it. The application is your chance to make a good impression. There are many ways of applying for part-time work – some informal and some very formal. But regardless of the application process, you will usually need a CV, references and documents. Have everything ready.
If the job is being advertised, you may need to fill in an application form. If you have heard that there are part-time jobs available, then don’t wait for the advert to come out.
Careers Service is open throughout the year and you are welcome to pop in and use the careers information resources. This area has part time jobs and information about job applications, CVs and interview techniques, and contains information about types of work and making career decisions. You can also book to see a careers advisor on Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 16:30. Book via MyCareer for an appointment or for further information.
Although working part-time can improve both your employability and your bank balance, it can be difficult to fit everything in. Here are some practical suggestions from the National Association of Student Employment Services to help you successfully combine work and study commitments.
Earn As You Learn is a new program connecting employers who need casual and part-time staff with UCT students studying on campus.
Employers that are registered with Careers Service, advertise your part-time job opportunities. This will save time and money on recruitment because you will be connected to UCT students.
Employers are responsible and accountable for the recruitment of their vacancies. These include interviewing, candidate selection, job offers and paying the award rate.
For more information contact the Earn As You Learn Program Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and conditions for employers joining the program apply. Register now
The "Earn As You Learn" initiative is a free service provided by Careers Service, however, does not endorse nor recommend any of the employment vacancies submitted, nor guarantee the suitability of candidates who may be shortlisted for such vacancies.