Looking for work
Working is a great way to gain experience, earn money and reduce the amount you might need to borrow while you're studying.
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How to balance work and studyBalance is the key with study and work priorities. Study should always come first, but you need to make sure you can support yourself too.
Ideas for balancing study and work:
- Work part-time while you study
- Work in your study breaks
- Take a year off to work and save
- Work full-time while you study part-time.
Ideas and useful links for finding work
Student Job Search. Check out the jobs on the Student Job Search website, or you can visit them and talk to someone about finding work.
Work and Income. Visit your local Work and Income office to find out what's available on the job board, or talk to a Work Broker. Work and Income often run Work Seminars to help you find work.
Retail employment. Retail jobs are often advertised in store windows. Go to employers in your area and find out whether they have jobs available. Make sure you take your CV with you.
Employment agencies. These are listed in the yellow pages. They may have temporary work that relates to your course. This can help you gain work experience that will help you get work in your field when you graduate.
Seasonal work. Visit or phone orchards, vineyards, market gardens and farms in your area: it's a great way to spend time outdoors, meet new people and earn money.
The hospitality industry. This is a great way to meet people, and summer is their busiest time. A lot of these jobs aren't advertised in newspapers so visit or phone restaurants, cafes and hotels to find out if they have work available.
Newspapers. Look at the 'situations vacant' section in your paper; Wednesday and Saturday are usually the best days.
Job-related websitesThere are a number of great job-related websites. If you don't have access at home, go to a local internet cafe or public library. Employment agencies often have online services. You can look for sites which can help you with creating your CV or provide other advice when looking for a job.
Here are some useful websites to help you look for work:
Help with your CV
To help you get work you'll need an up-to-date CV.
Careers New Zealand can help you write your CV and help you prepare for interviews. You can find them in the phone book or go to the Careers New Zealand website.
Local businesses may also offer CV services. You'll be able to find these in your phone book.