Ciara Ferguson explains why having a part-time job helps in the life of a student and gives some tips for when you land your student job.
I know it’s not the most appealing thought, but getting a part-time job is essential for maximum fun in college.  But there is a downside. You will be forced to deal with some of the most dangerous creatures on this planet: customers.You must master the art of self-control, and remember that the customer is always right - so even if they are 100% wrong, you can never say that to them. It’s going to be tough, but you will have money for fun activities, such as: 
  • Buying clothes- casual clothes for college and going out clothes.
  • Going to the cinema- if you fancy doing something that isn’t going out, going to the cinema is a great thing to do with friends, and only €5 on student night.
  • Buying nice food- there is nothing worse than sitting with your crackers from home while everyone else buys a chicken roll, if you have a part-time job, you too can enjoy the wonderful way of the deli.
  • Seshing- you can’t sesh without funds.
  • Buying hang-over food- wedges or a breakfast roll is essential the day after a night out.
  • Shopping- you will have the money to go into the city with your friends on a free afternoon and actually purchase things.
 The possibilities are endless! I would recommend if you do not already have a part-time job, put your CV anywhere locally to request work for the summer period, and put some money aside every week so you have some financial stability for the return to college. If you’ve gone past that stage of the year and your funds are still running low, it’s never too late to start looking. Most shops, cafés, hotels and restaurant are willing to hire students. When you’re handing in your CV make sure you are mannerly, calm and confident. When you get the job (because I believe in you and I believe you can get a job) make sure to be clean and tidy, polite, organized and enthusiastic. It’s going to be extremely tiring but it will all be worth it when you have that extra money in your pocket instead of asking your parents!