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Secrets of the side hustle: finding the perfect part-time work

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Do you ever find yourself in a weird relationship with money? As university students, we are studying for our future career to eventually earn a good living but at the same time we can find ourselves in a state of financial stress, searching for some part-time or casual jobs to help get us by while completing our studies. Finding a part-time or casual job that’s a good match for a university student alongside studying can be tough, so here are some tips to help you out!  

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There are essentially two ways to do this: going for jobs that are university student friendly or finding one that relates to the career you want. Rather than focusing on long-term factors like employability and future career paths, sometimes it helps to focus on things that are more immediate-term and apply for work to supplement your studies. Jobs that tend to have part-time or casual options include: 

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To see what types of part-time and casual jobs are available, you can try: 

From my experience, balancing work and studies is the most important factor. Here are some lessons I learned along the way:  

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If you’re interested in applying for a casual or part-time job but not sure where to get started, it’s worth checking out the Careers Service. They can assist you in finding and applying for jobs that suit your situation, whether you’re looking to upskill for a future career or you’re looking for immediate money to support your current studies. 

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