If you’re heading into sixth form, you may have started considering whether it’s time for you to start working. Many sixth form students work a part-time job, either for the money or the experience. In this article, we take you through the benefits of getting a part-time job during sixth form and explain your legal rights as a young worker.
It will boost your CV
Working part-time during sixth form is a great way to boost your CV. You’ll get work experience and transferable skills with which to impress future employers or university admissions staff.
You’ll also gain valuable time-management skills, which – let’s be honest – students aren’t exactly renowned for. Working will also help you learn the importance of real teamwork, and you will develop leadership skills that will be useful in classroom environments, too.
Working during sixth form will teach you the importance of prioritising – there will definitely be sacrifice involved, and this is a valuable lesson to learn before you leave school.
Plus, you’ll learn the importance of having good customer service and interpersonal skills, as you’ll need to ask your employer for references should you leave after completing your courses.
It prepares you for work later in life
School teaches you some transferable skills, but not many that are actually applicable in a real, working environment. Many students realise this once they leave university, secure their first job, and realise they don’t know anything about how working life really is.
Working part-time during sixth form teaches you transferable skills, meaning that even if this position is in retail and your next is in an office, you’ll still learn something replicable! Talking to customers helps people learn telephone manner and basic politeness, as well as confidence and when to escalate a situation to management or your superiors.
It lets you earn your own money
Working part-time teaches you that independence and responsibility come hand in hand, especially financially.
Whether you’re wanting to work because you want more disposible income, or you’re looking to save up for something big like a car, working part-time is a great way to help yourself out.
As of April 2019, the minimum wage for those aged 16 and 17 will increase to £4.20 per hour. If you’re earning enough, you may even be able to pay your family or guardian board money. This will help them out, and teach you what it’s like to pay your own bills.
It helps you socially
At work, you’ll be able to meet people of different ages and from different walks of life. Some of them may become close friends, and others may even be great contacts for the future!
You’ll become more socially confident – often, the barrier of ‘small talk’ is broken down as you learn to speak with customers in a friendly and accommodating manner. This skill can be replicated in pretty much every kind of social situation.
Although you may encounter people at work that you don’t particularly get on with, you will learn during your time at work that sometimes, that’s just the way things are – you can behave in a civil manner even if you don’t like that person.
Where do sixth form students work?
Most 16-17-year-olds work in entry-level jobs – that is, jobs that don’t require qualifications and ask for little experience, usually because training is provided on the job. You’ll find these types of jobs are typically in:
Some young people also have the option of babysitting, which can be extremely lucrative and also improve your communication skills with children and younger people. You can also volunteer if you’re more interested in gaining experience than earning money.
Where can I find part-time sixth form jobs?
You can find part-time jobs advertised online via recruitment agencies, or by searching for positions on the company websites. You may even be able to find a job through friends or family, so don’t be afraid to ask!
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