Benefits of Doing Part Time Jobs for Students in Singapore

Why do part time jobs for students in Singapore? Build valuable work skills... make professional contacts...build your industry knowledge while you work and so on.

When most of students reflect on their part-time experience, they often say, "I couldn't have possibly learned this in a classroom!" It's not to minimize their academic experience at all, but students realize that the hands-on experience of working for an employer provides an outstanding opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real-life situation.

You can make professional contacts

It has been said many times: ‘it’s not about what you know; it’s about who you know’. While it is vital to know how to perform the required tasks for a particular job, having a good set of industry contacts behind you can be just as vital in helping you find and secure a job after you graduate.

Part time jobs for students in Singapore are an excellent way to branch out from your university course into the industry in which you are studying and expand your list of contacts, from university-based lecturers and tutors to people who are currently working in the industry. Most part-time experiences will enable you to work closely and develop professional working relationships with a specific manager and team within the organization, as well as meet a range of people in other departments and outside the company.

If you play your cards right and are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time then you may find yourself being asked to stay on in a more permanent role, but even if you don’t, you will hopefully finish your part time job with a great reference from your main mentor and a range of potential referees. These references and referees will be invaluable when you are looking for a full-time job, so always remember to ask. You should also try to remain on good terms with your part-time contacts and touch base with them from time-to-time; they will be more likely to keep you in mind for other positions that crop up in the industry and hook you up with those hard-to-come-by opportunities.

Look good on your resume

The graduate job market is incredibly competitive, so having a full resume that includes actual industry experience is sure to be a valuable asset. It has the potential to make you stand out from the competition.
Employers can read a lot from a sheet of paper. Having a number of part-time experiences will show that you are keen to gain employment in the industry and will also indicate to employers that you have the right skills and enough experience to take on a permanent paid position. Don’t just leave an part time job until your final year of study; the more part time jobs you complete, the fuller your resume will become and the more attractive you will look to future employers.

Get an unforgettable life experience

While the career you end up working in may be a bit more down-to-earth, part time jobs for students in Singapore allow you to explore all the possibilities and come away with an experience that you will never forget. While a full-time job may be hard to come across in certain areas and organizations, many companies are willing to take on an intern. A part time job could allow you to take a look into professions and organizations that you’ve only ever dreamed of. You could find yourself working at a sporting club and attending matches and events, chasing the biggest story of the year with a news crew, interning for a renowned fashion designer or coordinating a prestigious event such as fashion week. You may even opt to look beyond your local city, and complete an intensive part time job over university holidays at an organization interstate or overseas.