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Work while you learn

Working while you study is a great way to develop extra skills and to earn some extra cash. It can also provide a springboard to your future career. But how can you do it without damaging your studies? And what kind of jobs will help you in your future career, even if you don’t know what you will be doing in it?

Volunteer work

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and build up contacts with those working in a variety of industries, particularly as charities are often supported by those in the commercial centre. At the same time, it is a great way to develop practical sills which will be of great help in a future career. Finally, it will allow you to demonstrate your ability to operate in a working environment.

Volunteering also generally allows workers more scope for developing their talents compared with the commercial sector. The fact you volunteer in a place often means you have more choice of activity and may even have the opportunity to manage specific projects all on your own. Of course, volunteer work is unpaid, but should also be more flexible than an ordinary job and you can usually do it part time. If you are interested in getting involved in volunteer work, contact a local charity or, alternatively, check out this list of Australian charities.

Setting up your own business whilst studying

Having your own business is one of the most stressful but most rewarding things you can do. It might be the first step on your journey to becoming a business magnate. For students and those starting out on the career ladder it is also a great way for you to develop and showcase your entrepreneurial flair and business acumen. Students set up a variety of businesses in many different fields during their studies. Often these businesses are not involved with their subjects at all. Some are successful in organising services and goods for their fellow students – just think about how much money you could make organising student events. Remember, however, that as a business owner you may be liable for some of the company’s debts if it collapses. At the same time, you will also be required to pay certain state and federal taxes.

Gap year

Ok, so you might not technically be studying whiet you are on a gap year. But taking a gap year might be just the way to develop further skills, not to mention work out exactly where your future lies. With so many programmes available, there really is something for everyone. Many people choose to spend time abroad during their gap year; it gives them the opportunity to learn about different cultures and to manage projects for themselves – a problem for those just starting out in the world of work at home. A gap year could be just the experience you need in your personal and career development.

Working for a wage

Bar work, barista jobs and the like are perfect ways for cash-strapped students anxious to earn some extra money. They could also be a great way to develop your skills while learning. Many of this type of job takes place in evenings, allowing you ample time to carry on with your studies during the day. If you are doing such a job, don’t think of it as just a way to pay the bills. Try and take on extra responsibilities such as management roles or running projects yourself. This could be the first step in your career, even if it’s an industry different to the one you’re studying.

Use your holidays

School and university students are lucky to have more free time than most other people. Make sure to use them. Of course, it’s a time to relax from the stresses of work. But it is also a great opportunity to gain work experience, do internships and think about how to enhance your ‘employability skills.’ Even if you are a superstar when it comes to your studies, it’s great to be able to show people you are a rounded, erudite and interesting individual when it comes to interviews. It might just be the difference between getting the job and just missing out.

Don’t forget to visit our training and development page for more information about working in the resources industry.

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