Most students seek part-time/casual work to earn money. Whatever the job, you will be developing general employability skills which are valued by employers, e.g. skills in communication, teamwork and organisation.
Permanent full time positions for graduates with minimal work experience are generally more difficult to find, unless they are in areas of skill shortage, as there are strict work visa restrictions for most non-residents.
You will need to be flexible in the type of work you are willing to accept and be wiling to take contract, temporary or part time work opportunities. This may lead to the employer sponsoring you to take on a more permanent role in the organisation.
Ideas for finding part-time/casual work
- Careers Online is the University's official job site for students and graduates. Each year, there are around 5000 part-time/casual jobs posted, many which are advertised exclusively to University of Melbourne students.
- Students @ Work recruits students to work on campus. Jobs are advertised on Careers Online. A large intake of students happens twice a year (late April and late October). These students are recruited and trained to work in service and administrative roles across campus. There is also a recruitment drive in late October for work in University libraries. Other positions are advertised as they arise.
- The Student Union requires casual student workers to work in a variety of roles including administration, promotions, food and beverage and IT support. Sometimes these are advertised but you can also approach the Student Union directly.
- University Library offers professional practice placements and employment opportunities, including working at Library service desks and providing peer assistance to students.
- Hospitality on campus with food outlets, cafes, University House. You can approach outlet managers directly.
- For academic work, eg research assisting, tutoring – discuss directly with academic staff in your department/area.
- Retail and hospitality positions may be advertised on job sites, but especially for large employers, go directly to their websites. Local opportunities may be advertised via community noticeboards in supermarkets, shop windows and local newspapers.
Possible ways to get a start for students with no or little experience:
- Tutoring opportunities come up for University students for tutoring of high school students as well as with private tutoring colleges.
- Call centres will have opportunities because of the volume of work and the turnover of staff. Most use recruitment agencies to find their staff, so the best approach is to put your name down with a number of agencies eg ManPower, Morgan Consulting, Kelly Services. Search online for others.
- Office administration. You will have developed many general administration skills through managing your own affairs, eg finding and presenting information, sourcing supplies, scheduling, making bookings, or entering data into databases.