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7 reasons to get a holiday job

As the holidays approach, you’re probably keenly counting down to some time out and looking forward to winding down. Finding a holiday job might be the last thing on your mind. But if you give the benefits of a holiday job some thought, you might just change your mind. We’ve put together a list of 7 reasons why you might like get a holiday job.

Boost your confidence

Going through the application and interview process can be nerve-wracking, but the more you do it, the easier it will become. You’ll have a great head-start over your peers who have never been through the experience before, and feel more confident applying for future jobs.

Build your resume

Once you’ve done some holiday work, you can then add it to your resume or CV. This is sure to impress potential future employers, universities, or you could even use it for scholarship applications.

Learn new skills

One of the biggest benefits of work, no matter what kind of job you have, is that you’ll get the chance to build heaps of new skills that are useful for any career, including communication, teamwork, time management, problem solving, and more.

Find out what you enjoy (and what you don’t)

You might jump into a job feeling super keen, only to find out you don’t really like it all that much – or conversely, you might be hesitant about starting, but end up loving your work. This is your chance to see what you enjoy and see if it aligns with your future career goals.

Start networking

The old saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know” still rings true. Leaping into the world of work will help you start making valuable contacts, whether it’s someone who can act as a mentor, or someone to put down as a reliable reference for your next job application.

Earn money

Of course, one of the biggest advantages of having a job is being paid. And the best part is you can do whatever you want with it, whether you splurge on that luxury item you’ve been eyeing, or start putting money away for a car or gap year.

Start adulting

Earning money isn’t all fun, unfortunately – you’ll also need to think about important things like taxes, budgeting, and superannuation. But the earlier you start, the better equipped you’ll be for the future.

Every job is valuable

You might think that flipping burgers or serving ice creams won’t benefit you much at all, but you’ll learn and gain more than you realise. The bonuses above are just a few of the reasons to get a holiday job. Plus, you could make new friends and have some fun along the way.

At the end of the day, life is all about balance. There’s no need to find a job that has you slaving away from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Something casual and flexible will still give you all the benefits while also leaving you with time to enjoy your holidays.

You can find heaps more resources about the world of work here.

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