Studying abroad is already a massive shock in your pocket; it is not a big deal if you want to find a job to accommodate your living expenses there. However, anyone living abroad can testify that finding a job in a different country is challenging, and it is true in the case of students as well. For any student, finding the time to work between classes, studying, and extracurricular activities is an epic feat requiring the best time management skills. It may look like an impossible task when you include learning a foreign language and a new culture in the mix.
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Even though the challenges are really tough, extra income doesn’t bite anyone. This little sum of money can go a long way towards weekend excursions, fun cultural activities, and exotic dining experiences when studying abroad. It’s also a great way to meet locals and gain a deeper understanding of your host country’s culture.
So, if you are a student going abroad to study and looking to work part-time, here are some pro tips that will help you finance your adventures abroad. Stay tuned.
- Keep An Open Mind: First and foremost, when you are looking for a part-time job abroad, the wise thing would be to keep an open mind. Since these jobs are all about financing your weekend trips and other living expenses, try to worry less about how it will look on your resume and focus on how flexible it is. You want a job that works with your class schedule, not according to your classy resume, as you are still studying. Anything works, from a housekeeper, babysitter, kitchen worker, office assistance and what not. Focus on finding a job that you can commute to easily from your university or flat. Is your nearest cafe looking for a part-time barista? A family in need of a lunchtime dog walker? Being creative and remembering new places calls for new adventures.
- Work On Your Resume Ahead Of Time: While you can search and apply online for a part-time position, many vacancies are filled informally by just walking in and handing the manager your resume. That’s why it’s important to always carry printed copies of your resume when out and about so you can easily apply if you find an establishment that looks interesting to you. Also keep in mind that if you are in a place where the native language is not English, it would always be great to prepare two resumes, one in English and the other in the native language.
- Always Dress To Impress: “To me, clothing is a form of self-expression–there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” — Marc Jacobs. And we could not agree more. Your dress is the reflection of your personality. Even if you dress like a bum in your home, when you go for an interview, no matter part-time or full-time, dress it like you are going to kill it. When searching for a part-time job while abroad, first impressions are everything! If you hand in your resume in person, give the manager a warm smile and friendly greeting that they’ll remember when looking over your resume. If they like your resume and call you in for an interview, make an effort to dress nicely and appropriately for the job you are applying for.
- Networking And Time Management Skills: While some people could get lucky by applying for some jobs and get it right away, others might need weeks or months to get one. If you belong to the second category, worry not! Keep focusing on your studies, and use your spare time to look for jobs. Tell your friends or the people you know that might have some information regarding part-time vacancies. Strengthen your connections and keep on applying. Don’t lose hope and remember your time will come.