If only my life was like the the 1988 film ‘Cocktail’ where I looked like Tom Cruise, had a job in a bar, fell in love and danced to cheesy 80’s music all night. Alas, this is definitely not the case – but out of all four ‘Cocktail’ related aspirations, I’m most annoyed about not having a job.
Any student will tell you that your student loan will not allow you to spend your money on anything but the bare essentials. Unless you’re able to live a lifestyle where buying a packet of biscuits that aren’t “Sainsburys basics” is considered a treat, you need another source of funds in order to live. If you’re from a wealthy and generous family/have a job you don’t have to kiss goodbye to buying nice new clothes, going out for dinner in a decent restaurant or even going out very much at all. These may sound like fairly luxurious activities to some, but given that a fair amount of students have a great deal of free time on their hands, ruling out such things makes student life really rather dull.
Which is why i’ve decided that I very much need to find myself a job. This can prove to be difficult when you’re more or less half way through term one and REALLY LAZY. I’m in a fairly good position because I’ve got some experience working in a couple of restaurants as a waiter as well as working as a sales assistant in a video game shop. The trouble is that there’s a lot of other students applying for the same jobs with equal if not more experience than you. Obviously no ‘expertise’ is needed for a barman/waiter/dishwasher/toilet cleaner role, but if your cv has only really shows how well you did in your GCSE’s then no one will take you very seriously. Another good thing to do as a student looking for part-time work is to take advantage of your immediate surroundings. I know plenty of friends that have managed to get a job in their local pub/bar just by going there regularly and building a friendly rapport with the landlord/manager before asking for a job- it helps massively. Apparently anyway – I wouldn’t know seeing as i’m horrendously unemployed.
So to any students looking for a job, make the most of where you live and make the most of moving in quickly, handing out CVs around town before EVERYBODY else does.