- The Midgie
- 1 June 2009
Working 9 to 5
Many travellers like to secure a part-time job so as they can fund their trip more successfully. Here’s some useful information on finding work.
You’d probably rather live the carefree life and not worry about money and jobs, but the reality is that without part-time work you’ll probably struggle - and your beer fund will plummet, which is never good. And aside from the obvious benefit of some extra cash, a part-time job will also allow you to meet new people and for those for whom English is not the first language, it’s a good way of learning the lingo.
When seeking suitable jobs, your first port of call is probably to check the job boards in hostels and see what kind of work is available. Over the summer months there is often a lot of seasonal work and so it’s worth taking to the streets with a bundle of CVs and handing them in to local bars and cafes and asking to be considered for any summer vacancies.
Another good way of sourcing part-time work is to visit a local Job Centre (www.jobcentre plus.gov.uk) or browse popular websites like Gumtree (www.gumtree.com) and Vivastreet (www.vivastreet.co.uk),where employers up-load vacant positions onto a social net-working site.
The kind of jobs you can expect are bar and waiting jobs, general administration work and leafleting. However, keep an eye out for more interesting work prospects - such as helping out at a live festival event or tending to the animals/crops on a local farm. You’re not likely to make mega bucks, but expect to receive the minimum wage of £5.73 per hour (plus tips in some cases).
If you are an overseas national who is not settled in the United Kingdom, and you intend to work in the UK, then you will generally be required to have a specific work permit. These are issued by Work Permits (UK) and must be applied for on your behalf, by the person who intends to employ you. If you hold a work permit that is valid for more than six months then you may also require a valid Visa.
For detailed help and information on Visa applications and UK Work Permits, visit www.ukvisas.gov.uk.
- The key is to appear bright, enthusiastic and keen. In this fast-paced world, first impressions count for everything, so make sure you don’t sell yourself short
- Be honest about the amount of experience you have; some employers will be more than happy to offer training on the job
- Make the most of the summer months and cash-in on any extra work. But remember to try and save, not squander, your extra pennies
- Be prepared to work hard, as this is often the only way to set yourself apart and show that you are a valuable commodity