Casual or part-time work
Many students have a job during their studies to earn money, but a part-time job also develops skills that interest employers when you graduate.
To start your job search, ensure you have:
- an up-to-date resume – visit go to Resumes for help
- brainstormed your existing skills and experience, to help target jobs you can apply for
- obtained or applied for a tax file number (from the Australian Taxation Office)
- checked your visa, if you’re an international student, for the number of hours you can work per week.
These two questions are a good starting point to focus your search:
What are the things I need out of my part time job?
For example, you might identify that these things are essential:
A certain amount of money per week
For the work to be close to uni, for example, so that I can get between class and work
What are the things that would be good to have from my part time job?
- To get some experience in a new area (for example, office administration) so that I develop some new workplace skills.
- An opportunity in my career field (for example, office administration in a health setting, so I can learn my longer term goal to work in
Even if your part-time or casual job is in an area that’s unrelated to your studies, employers want graduates who have already developed key generic skills, such as planning and organising, self-management, teamwork, communication and leadership.
All part time and casual jobs will help you develop these, but keep in mind your own goals as you search.
RMIT University’s employment portal for RMIT students has a range of jobs from various employers. You can find anything from a casual job in a local restaurant to a part-time professional role at a large corporate firm.
Your friends and existing networks can be a great way to find suitable part-time work. This could be a way to tap into the mysterious “hidden job market”, in other words, un-advertised jobs!
See Networking for further information.
Contact organisations directly
See networking to networking section for further information.
The big websites
There are a number of large commercial job-seeking sites with job vacancies, sample resumes and other job-seeking information, including:
For freelance and contract work check out:
Many companies and organisations advertise job vacancies on their own websites, especially if they’re a large business.