Career advice: How to make the most of your Christmas holiday job in 2018

Career advice: How to make the most of your Christmas holiday job in 2018
9 December 2018    Holly Royce    0 comments

Congratulations, you’ve scored yourself a part-time job over the school holiday period, some people can’t understand how the words ‘work holiday’ go together, but not you!

You’re planning on working through the entire Christmas period, (even public holidays if it’s possible) but let’s get real - you don't really see much in your casual job as far as career goals are concerned.

Well, hold up one minute, because there are a bunch of ways you can make the most of your Christmas casual sales assistant role, from building lifelong skills to growing your savings nest egg.

Build lifelong skills 

Maybe you've just started your first job, or maybe you’ve been in your role for a year or two, whatever your situation there’ll almost always be something to learn.

Some that come to mind are:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Computer and inventory skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Taking the initiative and self-managing

Communicate with your boss

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That list then brings us to our next point, which is making sure you communicate with your boss. Ask your boss or manager if there are any of the above skills, which they think you could develop on further, and if so, then ask them if there were any productive ways you’d be able to do that while on the job (showing initiative right there, BOOM).
 
Your boss will give you helpful feedback and will remember you as someone who took the time to find out how they could go above and beyond in their role.
 

“Join our team!” 

Being able to work in a team is a skill that will last you a lifetime and provides you with an excellent opportunity for networking.
 
You never know where your 2IC or co-worker well end up in a few years; they could even help you get a foot in the door of your dream role down the track.

Save money

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This one may seem obvious, but it’s all too easy to forget your long-term goals when the new Fallout game hits the shelves.
 
Put at least half of your paycheck away each work, your future yourself will thank you for it.
 If you really wanted to go for the extra mile, you could use some of your hard-earned cash to take a short course or two.

And, hey, if all else fails, you can use your Christmas holiday job to explore a new career path.

If you're still stuck or just want to explore some other options - you should try our Career Quiz, you never what you could find!

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