The 5 menial jobs all students have doneBlogs
We all had them, those naff university jobs to keep the beer-fund topped up. They may well have been mind numbingly dull and monotous but worth it to keep the wolves from the door. Many graduates don't even think about putting them on their CV as they do not contribute to their skill set. But they'd be wrong and here's why...
This one is probably the most popular part time, low skill, low paid work under taken by students. Monotonously pouring pints for obnoxious people with "real" jobs. We've all done it and it's still shit. But you've gained key customer service and communication skills. Even if you secretly despise everyone you serve.
Another common student job and equally as under appreciated work. Waiting on tables is difficult work, however the tips are usually better than bar work. It is not as easy as just writing orders down and bringing out food. Waiting on tables requires organisation and team work as well as communication and customer service skills.
3. Shop Assistant
Working in shops is very standard for students sometimes before you attend university. Being a Shopping assistant can be difficult with busy times awkwardly getting in the way of your important Saturday morning hangover. But Shop and Sales Assistants are a head of the game in terms of retail, sales and customer service experience. As well as having a good grasp of handling money.
Telesales Executive, also known as working as telephone monkey, is a popular student occupation. Cold calling at its lowest and most ambitious has been the source of income for many students. While the work might be soul destroying but ex-telesales graduates can show an excellent telephone manner, sales experience and excellent communication.
Nobody likes you but someones got to do it. Chugging - or Charity Mugging - is stopping people in the street to berate them about your specific charity. I'd also like to add flyering to that list However, if it's events related this can contribute some impressive skills. Organisation, marketing and promotion can lead to careers in Advertising, PR or Marketing.
University jobs should never be underestimated as a source of skills. However, students and graduates should be careful that these do not form the bulk of their CVs. Graduates would be advised to complement these initial base skills with academic qualifications and work experience.
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