Striking the right balance between work and university can be difficult, especially for international students still adapting to their new surroundings. What can be even tougher though, is landing a job in the first place, as students who have moved from overseas don’t have the same connections and networking exposure as their domestic counterparts.
To lend a hand to anyone struggling to find work, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can go about securing yourself a job.
This is definitely the most convenient way to launch your job-hunting journey. Sites like Seek, Indeed and Jora have thousands of jobs listed with the option to filter by a stack of different criteria; type of work, salary, industry, location and availability to name a few. There is also the option to list your qualifications, skills and experience and to submit a CV so that you can be contacted if a role becomes available that you would be suited too. There are niche job sites as well – SpotJobs is ideal for students looking for part-time or casual work, while Scout publishes roles specific to the hospitality, retail and digital sectors.
It’s an old-fashioned approach but asking friends, acquaintances and even fellow students is also an option. They might know a person who is looking to take someone but hasn’t advertised the role yet, and potentially make an introduction. At the very least, it’s a good place to start practicing networking, which will become very important in the future.
You might be a student but dependent on your skillset, you could be ready to start making some money on your own. For those studying degrees in design and tech, there is a large freelance market which you can take advantage of. It won’t necessarily be great money, especially at first, but it’s a great way to earn some extra scratch and gain industry experience simultaneously.
To get to the point where you are being paid as a freelancer, you may need to build up your portfolio with some free-of-charge work first. Once you’ve demonstrated some tangible examples of your ability, it will become much easier to make ends meet.