STUDENT jobs are often low-paid and casual, such as bar work or waiting tables – but now big-name firms are coming knocking with more challenging roles.
Travelodge, O2 and B&M Stores are just some of those hiring university youngsters for part-time roles.
Single mum and student Sam Aiken is a supervisor at Peterhead Travelodge
It helps hard-up students pay costs of around £50,000 for a three-year degree, while the employer gets high-ability workers with proven qualities of hard work, dedication and timeliness. The recruits gain valuable experience and, after their degrees, may return to their employer and move into management roles.
There are also flexible working options. Travelodge just launched a “dual workplace” recruitment drive to hire 3,000 students, who can work near their university and then, during holidays, near their home.
The scheme offers “work buddies” to mentor trainees, and access to an in-house management development programme called Aspire. The jobs pay up to £10,000 a year and recruits who wish to continue with Travelodge after graduation can be fast-tracked into management.
Peter Gowers, Travelodge chief executive, said: “Today’s students have to study harder than ever and meet the rising costs of education. Our student programme gives you flexibility during your studies and the potential to build a longer-term career after graduation — a better way to earn while you learn.”
Sam on a rollSINGLE mum Sam Aiken is studying accountancy at North East Scotland College in Aberdeenshire and funds her studies by working at Peterhead Travelodge.
She has been working there for two years and is now a supervisor.
Sam, 26, from Peterhead, said: “The idea of juggling being a full-time mum, in employment and studying did seem very daunting but the flexibility of the work patterns allows me to do all three enjoyably.
“I only work the hours that I am able to commit to each week and I am always able to have nights or days off that I need to maximise my study time.
“My salary helps me significantly because, even though I receive a student loan, my wages help to cover the living expenses for my daughter and me.
“Working at Travelodge has really helped my development and confidence. I have learned how to work under pressure, be more organised and interact with people from all walks of life.”
ALMOST a third of parents work so late that they miss out on their child’s bedtime at least three nights a week.
Forty-two per cent struggle to explain to their son or daughter why they cannot get home in time to read a story.
So jobs website indeed.co.uk has worked with children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips to write a new bedtime story which helps to explain why Mum or Dad cannot be there every evening.
Giles said: “We wanted to create an engaging bedtime tale which would help children understand the pressures their parents face, and encourage open dialogue at home. I hope the characters can become great examples for young families.”
You can read the story now at ticktocktillbedtime.com.
JobspotFRENCH restaurant chain Côte is hiring more than 160 staff for front of house, including waiters and bar staff.
For details see cote.co.uk/careers.
Zip Now London is looking for 50 ‘cheerful candidates to join its fun and lively team’
The only way is up
ZIPWIRE firm Zip Now London is recruiting 50 new staff over the summer.Opening to the public on June 12, the company is looking for candidates to work at London’s South Bank.
They must enjoy working outdoors and be able to deal cheerily with more than 1,000 customers a day. Openings on offer include for instructors and customer support. High-wire qualifications and previous experience are not essential, as instructors will be given six days of intensive training in site- specific skills.
Zip Now boss Barry Shaverin said: “We’re looking for cheerful candidates to join our fun and lively team.”
To apply, just zip on over to zip-now.co/careers.
JobspotDHL has 113 vacancies, in roles ranging from drivers to finance clerks and operations agents. See dpdhl.jobs.
Be more kind to the mind
NEXT week is Mental Health Awareness Week – so HR expert Rita Trehan tells here how to care for your mental wellbeing at work . . .
Ben Queenborough HR expert Rita Trehan’s tip on how to care for your mental wellbeing at work
Find out what support services your company offers. This may be help provided by your HR team, a manager or someone you trust and feel comfortable discussing things with. Mental health problems are no different to physical ones, so make sure your employer does not brush them aside.
Identify the source of the problem, by reflecting on past experiences. It could be conflicts with co-workers, the volume of work and your ability to cope with it, or a feeling of not being good enough. Once you know the cause, you can anticipate when it might arise, allowing you to prepare for it.
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Look after yourself. Eating well, getting exercise or simply just taking breaks from your work can be hugely helpful in improving your mental health. Ensure you take holiday entitlement, too.
Discuss your feelings. No-one is superhuman and everyone needs to lean on others sometimes. By building healthy relationships with colleagues, you can lean on them for support if you need it.
Setting yourself weekly goals will help you plan and prioritise jobs better. You will get a sense of accomplishment as you achieve each goal.
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