Work that summer job!

Summer means fun in the sun but it also means job opportunities.  It brings in a lot of chances for you and your mates to get part-time jobs, with the countless summer activities for school kids on vacation, and not to mention the domestic and international visitors to Melbourne especially at this time of the year.

For instance, there’s the ongoing Australian Open which runs until the first week of February. The event itself brings in crowds of tennis enthusiasts from around the world as they watch their favourite players in action—and they would need places to stay, dine and relax—bringing in more need for staff in the hospitality businesses.

But Australian summers can be very hot and physically draining at times especially for those of you who work outdoors. You need to protect yourselves from the sun and a good way of doing so is to remember the Cancer Council Victoria’s ‘Slip, Slop, Slap!’ campaign which encourages everyone to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. Just remember, sun protection is an essential part of looking after yourself – especially in Australia where the summer heat can be harsh and the air, dry.

If you’re currently looking for a part-time job, there are available resources and agencies to help you find one that best fits your skills and interest.  Here are a few:

  • Revisit your personal network. You may ask friends and classmates—in fact your entire network of connections in Australia including recruitment agencies and student counsellors—if they know of any roles being advertised for the Melbourne area.
  • Explore job sites for international students. Seek, Indeed and Jora have sections on jobs for international students and would give you an idea where your skills will fit it. It is also a good way of assessing how your skills measure up against the requirements for the role being advertised and upskill as necessary.
  • Check out government or not-for-profit organisations. You may also look at a government-supported agency for international students like Study Melbourne for positions that are being advertised periodically.
  • Read up or speak to the Student Services Team. Read up on how to get your desired job. Follow tips from blogs on how to find part-time work, how to project the right image in your resume with your qualifications and how to succeed in  the job interview.
  • Volunteer your services. You not only connect with others and build your network but you also build on your work experience and improve  your resume. As an added bonus, volunteering enhances your mental and emotional well-being and sense of fulfullment. You also improve your job prospects with job referrals once you graduate. Overall, it will help you in the long run. And while you’re at it, seek assistance from Study Melbourne or the CIC Student Services Team on how you can improve the presentation of your resume.

Part-time jobs

The start of the year is the best time as any to look for that new job, additional part-time job to complete your alloted 20-hour workweek and save for upcoming tuition fees. Here’s a rundown on some of the jobs that you can take on:

  • Gardener or landscape assistant
  • Food delivery staff
  • Window cleaner
  • Park attendant
  • Warehouseman
  • Fruit and vegetable picker
  • Retail staff
  • Restaurant cook
  • Barista or café staff
  • Apprentice in a field related to your study program
  • Admin/support staff
  • Call centre agent
  • Mystery shopper
  • Cleaner

Most of the jobs mentioned above do not need prior training or certification. But it is often to your advantage if you have a previous relevant experience.

So while saving for tuition fees and living expenses, your summer job could help ease those financial worries. And it’s one good way of improving your understanding of the Australian culture, increasing your English speaking proficiency and providing you an avenue to cultivate friendships and build a strong support network.