There are two obvious benefits to work and study at the same time – extra money and work experience. Some students take up a job for the challenge. Some freelance their services for job experience. And some take up part-time jobs because they need or want some extra cash. Juggling a job and school assignments is definitely going to be draining and more so if you are studying abroad. But the benefits will be absolutely rewarding if you can take the heat.
Depending on the country you study in, your study visa might restrict you from working. Foreign students who plan to work overseas should check with the country’s immigration laws. Once you are cleared to work legally as an overseas students, here are 3 most common and popular way to earn money and experience while studying.
1) Get a part-time job:
Part-time jobs are the most energy-sapping but also the most monetarily profitable. The most coveted choice will be to get a stable part-time job in a related field, but such opportunities are rare unless you have connections. Assistant-level positions are normally full-time jobs as they need ample time to learn. Employers also need their assistants to help them on a full-time basis with their corporate duties.
But if you are just planning to have a steady extra income while you study, simple jobs in sales, telecommunications or data entry will suffice. These jobs are commonly found in online job portals or classified ads. If you do not like to do the legwork, consider enlisting the help of a job agent.
2) Get an internship:
Internships give you maximum experience and field exposure if you are pursuing your diploma or degree. However, the pay is the low and you can only apply for them during study breaks. Some schools do carry out internship programs as a module to increase their students’ employability.
To get an internship, you will need to draft a good résumé and build a strong portfolio featuring your best works (if you are studying design). Once you have that ready, search for reputable companies, then send your résumé and portfolio in their direction! Do include a cover letter stating your interest and your reasons for wanting to join them. If you want relevant experience very badly, consider working for free long enough to learn the ropes or build contacts.
3) Get freelance jobs:
To be a freelancer, you will need the basic capability of carrying out a professional project from start to finish. And to prove that, you will need a good portfolio and a résumé, very much like what you need for an internship.
Students with skills in sales, graphic design, photography or emceeing can get freelance jobs fairly easily. These assignments can be found on job portals and classified ads. If you are enterprising enough, you can design or write your own classified ads to promote your services!
Working while studying overseas allows you to meet industry people and develop business contacts in that country. Your ability to juggle your work and studies will prove to employers that you are a hard worker who can serve the company’s interests.