Popular side jobs for students in different countries
Despite the viewpoint that students should use years of study solely to gain knowledge, most modern students are looking for ways to earn extra money. Some do not have the financial support from their parents and pay for their studies, others themselves are eager for independence: they want to live separately and have their money. And they are right: many parents refuse children to have their own opinion, even if they are far from being children any more.
But finding a job for students is not easy, because they have no work experience, and therefore, do not have a special choice, too. They can not dictate the conditions, and the time they can allocate for work is limited. Attempts to sit on two chairs at once can cause stress and depression.
Where can students find earnings that allows them to combine work and study?
- In the US and the UK, almost half of students earn their own money during their studies. Here students work in the laboratories of universities, as different helpers and lower staff in educational institutions and student hostels. In megacities, students can work in supermarkets, hotels and bars. The work of young people is also in demand in the sphere of babysitting. American and British students traditionally spend their vacation on traveling, sometimes combining rest with part-time work in other countries. Students of third and fourth year start earning money with their knowledge. Many of them become freelancers and take orders from students of high school or lower courses in their sphere of knowledge. So, if you type “write my essay” in a search engine, you might find many proposals of help from students.
- A Japanese student can work for about 4 hours a day. The most common places for part-time job are cafes, bars and other entertainment places. By the way, in Japan, it is not allowed to employ foreign students so that they do not compete with the local population. So if you are going to study in Japan, forget about making money there.
- Only a third of South Korean students earn their living independently. Basically, they earn money by tutoring, preparing students for admission to universities. Some enterprises of domestic services reserve places for sellers and waiters especially for students.
- In Australia and New Zealand, the most popular places for getting extra money are resorts and beaches, where young people work in cafes, bars. They also work as instructors in swimming, surfing.
- German students are looking for work in large supermarkets.
- French students can earn extra money by walking dogs.
- Students studying in Finnish universities often work as pickers of berries and fruits or work on construction sites as handymen.
- Students in Israel, as a rule, work as waiters and dishwashers. All Israeli youth, including women’s half, are called up for military service, so everyone can then be hired by any security company.
Communicative students in all countries are often hired as promoters-consultants. The essence of their work is advertising goods or services on the market. This includes the distribution of trial samples and flyers, participation in promo-actions and exhibitions, organization of surveys, participation in tasting products, etc. The main requirements for the applicant are the skills of cultural communication, goodwill, good memory, allowing to memorize a lot of new information, literacy, ability to quickly find a way out of possible conflict situations, and, of course, attractive appearance. The work time is usually 3-4 hours per day.
The amount of earnings depends on several factors: the type of work performed, the number of customers involved. Work in the evening or at night is paid higher.