Anyone who is currently studying or has studied abroad in the past knows exactly how expensive the experience is. This is especially true when you are in a country whose exchange rate does not favor the Naira and let’s face it, that’s a long list of countries
As such, you’ll always find yourself in need of more money to alleviate the ever-present financial pressure. The solution is fairly obvious, right? All you have to do is get a job.
However, that’s easier said than done. Getting a permanent job is not an option since you’re supposed to be studying. This leaves you with holiday jobs and part-time jobs.
All you have to do is figure out which part-time jobs are available for international students.
Relax, it's just a fancy word for a babysitter. When parents are away, they simply call you in to care for the basic needs of their children. The snag with this job is that it requires a high degree of trust. No parent is going to just drop their infant with a foreigner.
However, after earning the trust of one parent, it gets easier. You'll get more jobs based on referrals. Another option is to join an agency that'll serve as a middleman, if there's a babysitting job, the agency calls you in and collects a specified percentage. But you have to be fully vetted first.
This part-time job is applicable in all countries as all you need is a good connection with your laptop or smartphone. You can offer services ranging from proofreading to virtual assistant and other range of services on freelancing sites such as Fiverr and Freelancer amongst others. You can set up your profile and don't forget to include that you're a student as that will dictate the urgency of your delivered works.
However, you'll need to have full understanding of the type of services you'll be rendering before getting orders from prospective clients and you also have to be consistent on the profile.
Bar or Restuarant Work
This is one of the most popular part-time job among students studying abroad. The reason is fairly obvious, it offers flexible hours that means you won't be losing too much study time. Furthermore, some restaurants and bars allows you to work overtime. That's more money for you.
There is just one thing needed to make a decent pay; experience. So, create an up-to-date resume detailing your work experience. If you have no knowledge of working in restaurants and busy bars; still apply. It's a great way to learn how to work under pressure.
Running an Hostel
The apeal of hostel running is not in the money you'll make, No. Its charm lies in the amount of money you would save in accomodation expense. Jobs in hostels usually come with free rooms. It also allows you to interact with young travelers from different parts of the world.
Another awesome thing about running a hostel is that you dont require past experience to get the job.
On a final note, the part-time job you can get depends primarily on the skills you have and the country you're schooling. However, there are two universal rules; Work to your strengths and Use all available connections.
Remain focused on what you enjoy about the job. This way you'll gain two things from your study abroad; an education and a worthwhile experience.