My first ever hunt for a part-time job at the age of sixteen shattered all these idealistic visions I had. As I learnt the hard way, while there are plenty of part-time jobs for students out there, there are only so many employers who are willing to trust an inexperienced sixteen-year-old with a job. As such, if you are a secondary school student on the hunt for part-time jobs in Singapore, it always helps to manage your expectations.
In my case, after a relentless pursuit for part-time jobs, I settled for one that required me to sell uniforms in secondary schools. Truth be told, it was not the most exhilarating experience but it allowed me to get my foot in the door and supplemented my pocket money. A job like that has another perk; it allowed me to have my first ever work experience in an environment that I was very familiar with. This enabled me to get into the new experience with ease.
As I learnt along the way, part-time jobs are never as exciting as what television sitcoms have as you believe. Nevertheless, this does not mean students working part-time jobs have to resign to boredom. Sometimes, part-time jobs can be enjoyable in the most unexpected ways, and may even teach you important skills. I still fondly remember giving out fliers on the streets of Orchard Road with a friend and being completely amazed by just how enjoyable it turned out to be. The casual conversations with other individuals giving out fliers along the same stretch, and interesting chats with curious tourists boosted the fun factor of the job. While at it, I picked a skill or two about how to approach strangers and how to handle negative responses from people.
Admittedly, most part-timers are in it for the money, but you can get more out of your job than you signed up for by continually being invested in the work. Build relationships with your colleagues and use this rare opportunity to meet people from various walks of life and to learn from them. Over time, you will see yourself enjoying the experience a lot more.
I have also found out the hard way that as a student desperate for a part-time job, it is easy to fall into many traps. I was once tricked into joining a multi-level marketing firm – such firms usually have misleading job descriptions and convince you that they are offering regular, part-time sales jobs. It is only after I attended a couple of supposed training sessions that I noticed that I was being roped into doing multi-level marketing with no promise of a minimum basic pay. Therefore, it is advisable that you do not always take job descriptions at face value. Be sure to look up a company’s name, get in touch with the contact person and probe for exact job details even before you go down for an interview. Even when you do a simple internet search of ‘ part-time jobs Singapore ’, you will be better protected from scammers if you look in portals that cater to students’ interests in particular. These portals tend to feature better part-time job opportunities for people in your age group.
Most importantly, although a part-time job is not something you will be stuck with in the long term, it still makes a lot of sense to look for something you are comfortable doing. Be aware of the demands of the job from the beginning and if there is a possibility, speak to people who work in a similar sector. For instance, many people do not know how physically demanding a job as a banquet server can be compared to waitressing in a restaurant. Therefore, do not make generalizations about jobs and assume something will be your cup of tea without fully understanding the job scope. All in all, if you do your research and start any job with enthusiasm, you are bound to have a great time even as a part-timer! ( Guest Post )