In this article, we’ll be exploring the top 6 reasons as to why you should start a part-time job in Singapore.
For those of you who’ve been there pushing through crowds to take an order, picking up clothes strewn all over the dressing room floor, listening to an unhappy customer berate you for something way out of your control; take a deep breath cause it’s not for naught! Believe it or not, these mundane tasks are actually how part time jobs can benefit you!
Some of us are very familiar with these daily scenes. We have learnt and grown from these part-time jobs. The odd-hour shifts, back-breaking chores and sore legs from standing the whole day, has given us things of value to take home besides an hourly paid salary.
After working many odd jobs from an admin printer troll (where all I did was photocopy papers the entire day at work, for a month!) to a server in a club and many more in between, I can say that the time I spent hopping around these jobs as I slowly assimilate into the idea of a full-time job were definitely an eye-opener.
I realised that doing part-time work has armed me with a short sword and some chain armour to face the workforce dragon. As minute as they may seem, these little experiences have played a huge role in preparing me for my future jobs.
Just to be on the safe side, make sure you check the rules and regulations posed by MOM when working a part-time job in Singapore!
So, without further ado, I bring to you, the top 6 reasons as to why you should start a part-time job in Singapore!
1) Gain Experience with a Part-Time Jobs
I still remember the day I opened my first champagne bottle when I was working as a server in a club. They usually left this particular task for the seniors but I felt that it was time for me to join the big boys. It felt like a college fraternity initiation process, my heart was in my throat.
However, everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I took off the wire hood and the cork flew off the bottle, leaving a dent in the ceiling as it fell onto another guest’s table. Suffice it to say I CORKed up big time. And to make things worse, it was my boss’s champagne… at his table… where he was with his important guests.
It was an experience I’ll never forget. This opportunity has thought me many things besides just corking a champagne bottle (which could prove useful in the future if you are having drinks with an important person). The biggest thing I learnt or took back from these jobs was the need for empathy.
Empathy can help you better connect with fellow people working in the same line of work as we were used to. We learn to recognise their hardships and to respect them for their work.
Also, I learnt the humility behind serving. Besides meeting the needs of customers, I aim to exceed them. The tone, body-language, questions I ask and small little things I remember (name, face, favourite drinks or orders etc.) contribute to the entire service experience of a customer.
I have been specifically chosen several times to serve customers which made me proud of what I’ve achieved! The things I learnt then, I apply in my current job when dealing with clients and job seekers. And I can truthfully say – so far so good!
2) The Art of Saving hard-earned Money from Work
Have you ever wondered why your grandma or mum would walk around the market for a whole 10 minutes just to find the best deals around? Only to be extremely elated at the fact that they spent 80 cents on 100g of ikan bilis instead of a dollar?
I used to think the 20 cents she saved is not worth the effort she put in. However, as I got older, I realise the weight behind each cent she spent. Countless times we’ve found ourselves short of a few cents from that bus ride home or having a cup of hot coffee at the kopitiam because you can’t afford a peng.
In fact, you hear your friends talking about buying cigarettes from the “Mama” shop just because it costs lesser. Even if it meant walking for an extra 10 minutes. The truth is; it weighs heavier when it comes out from your own pocket.
This in turn, teaches us to be thrifty with every single cent we spent, after putting in the blood, sweat and tears into earning them. In the long run, adopting this mind-set can be advantageous if you’re planning to save up as well!
As such, acquiring proper financial means is one of the top reasons to start a part-time job in Singapore!
3) Find new contacts with your job
Equipped with experience, having important contacts can leverage you into a very advantageous position career wise. Occasionally, we bump into a few really successful/big people during our part time jobs.
It is important to not let such an opportunity go by! Build a good rapport with every individual, when given the chance. Sometimes, be brace enough to go grab that chance too!
It definitely pays if they’re a regular as well. Because then, it becomes easier to leave a lasting impression. If they’re comfortable with you, more often than not, they’d usually ask for your service again.
Besides, who can tell if this customer might be your lao ban in time to come? Not asking you to angkat, just do your best!
4) Responsibilities, Time Management & Organisation at a part-time job
Depending on your bosses and the industry you work in, part time jobs can be very flexible as well. Juggling a few commitments at once can be daunting. However, it also teaches you to be more organised. Remember that it’ll take some time getting used to a new routine/lifestyle.
Jumping through different kinds of jobs, we take up different and new responsibilities each time. It is inevitable that there’ll be a few hiccups here and there. That being said, we grow by learning from our mistakes and reminding ourselves to avoid them in the future.
Sometimes, we find ourselves shouldering more than what we’re being paid for. This may be due to your superb work performance or your boss could just be a prick. Either way, with more responsibilities, the faster we learn! I also managed to take back a few handy business “lessons”. This was achieved through the review of past hiccups that occurred behind the scenes of a company I used to work at.
It may be tough at the start but just heed these wise words from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: “Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room!”
And that’s one of the top 6 reasons to start a part-time job in Singapore!
5) Temporary Jobs can become Permanent
There is always a high chance for part-time workers to be offered a full-time position based on their performance. The hunt for new talent and retention of current employees has always been a challenge for employees.
Due to the cost and time involved in searching for new candidates, employers are more inclined to convert existing temporary employees into permanent ones!
So remember to leave a good impression if you’re keen for a chance at a full-time role within the company!
6) Source of Moolah from Part-Time Jobs
Of course, the main benefit and reason why any of us work in the first place – TO GET DEM MONIES!
We all have our humble beginnings, the feeling we get when we receive our first pay check. The freedom to spend it on anything and the realisation that money has the magical ability to just disappear in an instant.
The fruits from a month’s worth of labor. Some spend them in a week, some decide to save, some may even choose to invest whatever they have, in hopes for better returns in the future. Whatever we choose, we all know the satisfaction and the pain in earning an income, let alone sustain it.
With that being said, part-time jobs are a good temporary solution for your monetary needs! Getting paid to learn a skill or two is definitely worth the time.
Besides, there is a possibility that you may find the job of your dreams through your temporary employment. So keep on grindin’ peeps!