Why ca­sual jobs aren’t so ca­sual

South Taranaki Star - - PROPERTY -

Stu­dents add value to the work­place and are chang­ing the na­ture of part-time work, writes Brid­get Ac­ton.

The ben­e­fits of ca­sual jobs are no longer lim­ited to earn­ing ex­tra cash over sum­mer.

The term ‘‘ca­sual job’’ is of­ten used when re­fer­ring to ir­reg­u­lar or short-term work, which can be taken lightly by the em­ployer and their staff. How­ever, ter­tiary stu­dents are prov­ing this def­i­ni­tion wrong. With stu­dents mak­ing up 16 per cent of the Kiwi work­force, their im­pact on busi­nesses and em­ploy­ers has been huge. Stu­dent Job Search re­cently recorded their high­est year of stu­dent earn­ings to date, with $83 mil­lion go­ing to stu­dents.

So how are stu­dents chang­ing the na­ture of ‘‘ca­sual’’ jobs, and what ex­actly are the ben­e­fits? Stu­dents are de­ter­mined

The job mar­ket can be com­pet­i­tive, even when ap­ply­ing for ca­sual roles. With al­most 420,000 stu­dents en­rolled in New Zealand, the jour­ney to

em­ploy­ment can be tough when you have lit­tle or no ex­pe­ri­ence. This means that when a stu­dent lands a job, it’s taken se­ri­ously. When it comes to stu­dents’ CVs, the value of ref­er­ees and work ex­pe­ri­ence can last long af­ter a con­tract has ended.

Stu­dents are a blank can­vas No pre­con­cep­tions, no bad habits. Hir­ing em­ploy­ees who are new to the work­force opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties to teach them best­prac­tice and mould their work ethic. This pro­vides a seam­less in­tro­duc­tion to the job, along with the tasks and pro­cesses that come with it. Stu­dents are hun­gry for ex­pe­ri­ence (and em­ployer praise!) so the con­cept of learn­ing new things goes down eas­ily.

They’ve proven them­selves It’s not easy get­ting univer­sity en­trance. Stu­dents who meet the univer­sity en­try cri­te­ria have proven that they’re de­ter­mined, in­tel­li­gent and in­ter­ested in learn­ing new skills. When it comes to hir­ing stu­dents, em­ploy­ers can feel con­fi­dent their em­ploy­ees are more than able to ac­com­plish the task at hand. En­cour­ag­ing, sup­port­ive Ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion can be stress­ful, and jug­gling study and part-time work isn’t al­ways a breeze. How­ever, the prospect of build­ing a CV and skill set can re­move a huge part of the stress. To­day’s em­ploy­ers are en­cour­ag­ing when re­cruit­ing stu­dents, send­ing a mes­sage that says, ‘‘It’s awe­some that you’re study­ing, and we’re here to make it a bit eas­ier’’.

New ap­proach

Yes, we’re talk­ing about mil­len­ni­als here. This gen­er­a­tion (also known as Gen­er­a­tion Y) is ex­posed to a me­dia world un­like gen­er­a­tions be­fore them. With the on­go­ing con­sump­tion of on­line in­for­ma­tion, stu­dents are na­tive to the dy­namic na­ture of to­day’s world. This in­flu­ences ev­ery­day life, in­clud­ing a stu­dent’s out­look on their job. With a fresh pair of eyes, em­ploy­ers can ex­pect orig­i­nal ideas with an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to ev­ery­day tasks – some­thing that is ex­cep­tion­ally valu­able to all busi­nesses. The moral of the story is that ‘‘ca­sual’’ work is any­thing but. Both em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees can get a lot out of ca­sual jobs any time of the year. So next time you need ad­di­tional staff, con­sider our ter­tiary stu­dents. They’re an as­set just wait­ing to be har­nessed.

❚ Find out more about Stu­dent Job Search at sjs.co.nz

Stu­dents make up 16 per cent of the Kiwi work­force and their im­pact on busi­nesses and em­ploy­ers has been huge.

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