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5 Common Part-time Jobs for Students in Singapore to Earn Some Money

5 Common Part-time Jobs for Students in Singapore to Earn Some Money

By Joanne Poh | MoneySmart Ė Wed, Mar 2, 2016 12:00 AM SGT


When I was at school, ďsocial media managerĒ was not a part-time job that existedÖ because Facebook didnít exist either. If you wanted to make some extra pocket money, you either became a tuition teacher even you were a child yourself (I have former tuition students who are now married with kids), or you joined the ranks of fresh-faced, barely-legal F&B workers and flyer distributors.

If youíre not already some teenage programming whiz or budding YouTube star and in need of a part time job to tide you through secondary school/poly/ITE/university, here are some classic optionsóand some of the challenges youíll face.


1. Private tutor

This is the default part-time job of virtually every NUS student, and has been for years, for a good reason. You wonít enjoy the camaraderie with colleagues that you would if you were working in a bar or at a roadshow, but in return youíll get paid some of the highest rates possible as a student part-timer. Depending on what level you wish to teach, youíll need decent O level, A level or IB grades, as well as a true mastery of your subjects so the parents donít end up smelling a rat and firing you. JC and poly students are often hired to teach primary school kids.

Rates: Rates vary wildly, but you can expect at least $15/hour for kindergarten (yes kindergarten tuition exists) or primary school students, and $20 and upwards for secondary students. If you can teach at JC level you might be able to command up to $35/hour as an A level grad.

Challenges: Few people realise just how tiring giving tuition is. Youíre talking nonstop for 1.5 to 2 hours to an often unresponsive kid. It can be even worse for the tutor than for the student, as the parents often hover around, so you need to be on your best behaviour.

Tip: Some parents might have their own assessment books, but donít count on it. If you sat your own exams not long ago, you may be able to fall back on past year papers from your own school days. Otherwise, hit up Popular for assessment books and Bras Basah Complex for past year papers. Donít forget to get reimbursed by the parents for your purchases.


2. F&B staff

Even if you know youíll be earning a pathetic salary, working in F&B can be rather rewarding as a bright eyed, bushy tailed student.

So long as you donít get a job at Old Chang Kee or something, itís likely youíll be working with a whole bunch of other young people between the ages of 16 and 25. Taking orders, working the coffee machine and greeting guests can also be fun if youíre young enough to have the energy.

Thereís also the prospect of free food which, if you come from a household where lunch means instant noodles, can be quite a treat.

Rates: $6 to $10 an hour, with banquet waiters and those doing late-night shifts at bars and clubs garnering the highest rates. Interestingly enough, this hasnít changed much over the yearsóI remember earning $5 to $6.50 an hour 10 years ago.

Challenges: Other than the fact that being on your feet and carrying heavy dishes and glasses gets tiring, if the place where you work doesnít have a good system for identifying customersí tables, you might find it surprisingly difficult to keep track of customers and their orders, especially at the start when youíre still getting used to how things work. Donít be surprised if you find yourself wandering around trying to remember which customer ordered that spaghetti bolognese. If youíre working at a bar itís even harder to identify customers in the dark when their orders are ready. Most companies require their waitstaff to put all their tips into a tip box, and then vaguely tell you itís later shared with employees, although at my own part-time jobs I never saw any of that money.

Tip: Volunteer for off-peak shifts if you canít handle the intensity of peak hour (lunch and dinner at cafes and restaurants). If your employer has 4 hour shifts, 2 to 6pm is a good window.


3. Receptionist

Spas, dental clinics, gyms and the like often hire part-time receptionists whose main job is to pick up the phone, help clients book appointments and greet anyone who enters. You might also be made to sell packages.

Unless your workplace is particularly busy during peak hour, this is a job thatís definitely one of the more relaxing out there. I used to work the night shift at a spa back at school, and there were times when only two or three customers would come in my entire shift. I spent the rest of that time reading novels and topping up the essential oils in their burner.

Rates: $6.50 to $10 an hour. The higher paying jobs are often more intense, and youíll have to be computer literate which, if youíre even reading this, weíre sure you are.

Challenges: If your job has a sales component with commission, itís going to be a lot tougher than it is for those who just have to sit back and wait for customers to call. Depending on your employer, you might be required to employ pushy sales tactics, which isnít for everyone.

Tip: If you work at a place with few customers, bring something to doódo your homework in between tasks or do some reading. At certain places it can be an hour before you see your next customer.


4. Flyer distributor

This is one of the lowest jobs in the hierarchy of student part-time options. I once spent a few days standing outside a primary school distributing flyers for a tuition centre, but was chased away by security.

This is a job that is both mind-numbing and tiring, and in addition to being avoided by everyone on the streets, you donít have the advantage of free meals or colleagues you can hang out with.

Rates: Few skills required, so expect to earn $5 to $6 an hour.

Challenges: Other than the fact that people are going to treat you like youíve got leprosy, flyer distribution is not allowed in many places, and you might be told off by the police or security.

Tip: If you are serious about giving out those flyers, smiling and making eye contact with people helps. Donít just flick the damn flyers suddenly at people like some uncles and aunties do.


5. Roadshow salesperson

This is actually a pretty worthwhile part-time job option, not only for students but also working adults who need to make some quick cash on the weekends and donít want to earn $5 an hour waiting tables. The assignments are usually ad-hoc, so itís a low-commitment option, yet you earn an above average hourly rate.

Youíre usually made to man a booth hawking anything from computer spare parts to weight-loss machines. You may or may not be paid a commission for selling the products, but one thingís for sureóget ready to be asked lots of questions you will have no idea how to answer.

Rates: $8 to $15 an hour

Challenges: Roadshow staff are usually given minimal training, yet are expected to educate customers about a product they had never heard of until 5 minutes before their shift started. To make life easier for yourself, spend the first hour trying to find out as much as possible about the product in between interacting with customers. Read the brochures throughly and familiarise yourself with the prices. Shifts are often full days, and itís pretty tough to bluff your way through 10 whole hours.

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