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Graduates: Why A Part-Time Job Can Help Your Digital Career

By Scarlett @BubbleJobs

It’s a well-known fact that a lot of university students can be a bit strapped for cash at times – which can be pretty difficult (especially when you’ve got to sacrifice going out to the SU just because you’ve got to buy some books). This is why a lot of students choose to get a part-time job when they’re at uni – as a bit of spare spending money can go a long way.

So we’ve established that the reason for getting a part-time job is usually cash-motivated – but another important reason is the skills that you can gain from it. Employers want to see graduates that are pro-active and hard working – and your part-time job can really help you put this across!

Don’t believe us? Have a look at our five reasons why your part-time job can help your digital career.

You Need To Bag Some Basic Skills

First up, your graduate employer wants to be able to see that you have the basic skills that require you to function within any job – things like turning up on time and lasting a full working day without losing interest. We know these sound like really basic skills, but an employer needs to know that you have them to employ you. If you haven’t had some kind of part time job, then how are you supposed to prove that you’ve got those basic skills like punctuality?

Working Within A Team

Whatever digital job you choose, the majority of them will require some kind of team work – it can be a skill that requires a lot of patience. The only way you’ll learn to perfect this skill is by working with other people – you’ll come across people from all walks of life in the workplace.

So your potential employer wants to know that you can work within a team and get the job done regardless. They don’t want someone who will fall out with staff members – so showing that you’ve lasted at least six months in a part-time job can really help your digital career.

It Shows You’re Dedicated

The digital industry is a competitive place to get into – so anyone that goes into this industry needs to show that they’re going to work hard. If you’ve used your initiative and worked during your time at university, it shows your employer that you’ve got something about you.

You Can Gain Transferable Skills

We know you won’t realise it – but a lot of your skills that you pick up can be transferred to the digital job you want to go into. For example, if you’re working in a shop part-time, you’ll need to be able to sell products. This can be a really handy skill if you want to go into digital marketing, because you’ll need to be able promote products online.

As we’ve said before, the digital industry is fast paced, so your potential employer is looking for someone who can keep their cool. If you’ve previously worked at bars or restaurants, you’ll be able to prove that you can work under pressure – after all, most restaurants expect you to provide a quick service with a smile on your face.

There are loads of other examples you can use – so when you’re writing your CV or preparing for your interview, remember to think about how your part time job could relate to the digital industry.

So there you go; some ways that a part time job can really help you get a job in the digital sector.


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