Part-Time Job options for International Students in Europe

by Czech College / Monday, 29 September 2014 / Published in Living in Czech Republic

A part-time job can really help to pay a few extra bills or fund leisure activities and travel that would have otherwise been outside of your budget as you study abroad , say Europe.

In Europe itself  different countries have different rules when it comes to working as  international students. So it’s important to check them before applying for jobs. 

Another important thing you should take into account are your studies and lifestyle – A job should never interrupt your studies.

Here we have put together a list of some of the best part-time jobs for international students.

In Restaurants

There are many jobs offered at the bars, restaurants and cafes in the surrounding towns and cities, and this might be the easiest way for you to find employment. Restaurants are always looking for more help, so chances are that you will be able to find a job relatively easily. You could work as a waiter, bar staff or even in the kitchen, depending on your experience and skills.

This type of job may require good communication skills but there are often no formal requirements when it comes to past work experience. It means you will probably be able to find a job at a restaurant, which might be an excellent opportunity for an international student. This job opportunity will help you build your people skills, improve language and meet new friends.

Working on Campus

Working on campus is one of the most popular options for international students. There are many different jobs offered on campus though, from working in the cafeteria, to computer centers. Another on-campus opportunity is working for a students’ union. This is a good opportunity to get involved in current issues and to help other students at the university. Depending on the union and their mission, you might be able to help other international students and make their experiences at the university better.

As an international student, working on campus will help you meet new people, improve your language skills and give you some valuable experience. You will probably spend more time with your friends from the university since many students work on campus.

Customer Care

Some international students find employment at call centres. This is a good choice for those who are communicative, friendly and wish to develop their language skills. Unlike many other part-time job opportunities for international students, call centre jobs can be well paid. This is important if you seek a job that can significantly contribute to your budget. Also, call center jobs are not physically demanding, so they are a good choice if you prefer or need an office environment.

Work as Intern

It may be possible for you to find an internship with a company relevant to your field of study. Being an intern gives you some much-needed experience and it opens numerous opportunities. Depending on the country and your field of study, it may even be possible for you to be hired by the company once you complete your studies. In any case, an internship will give you a lot of experience relevant for your field of study, so you can see it both as a job opportunity and gaining some valuable experience in your field. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible for you to receive payment for your internship.

Be a volunteer 

There are numerous volunteering opportunities international students can use to gain experience and meet new people. Being a volunteer is one of the more rewarding and interesting work opportunities and one of the biggest advantages of volunteering is the wide range of positions available. There is more varied work available for volunteers, so chances are that you will be able to choose a role you truly like. There are lots of companies and organisations looking for volunteers, so this is a great way for international students to get involved and gain some much-needed experience. Volunteering also opens up a host of opportunities for international students and it gives you both a work experience and a more varied CV.

The main problem with a volunteering job is that these positions are not paid. Therefore, this work opportunity can’t help you pay for additional social activities or save some money. For these reasons, volunteering is a good choice for those who don’t have to work to support themselves or for those international students who can combine volunteering with a paid job.

The above given check points are just indicators . The list is not comprehensive.  It is up-to you to put some extra efforts and look for opportunities around you. Our experience is that those who really serious about a part-time job usually find one .