How to find a student job without prior work experience

September 11, 2020

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The first notes of September bring with them the school-season. If you’re heading back to school or off to college or university, you may be wondering how to find a student job without having any previous work experience. A student job can be a big help in covering your studies and daily expenses. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on this, with a particular focus on internships and graduate jobs.

An internship vs. a graduate job

First, let’s get the differences between these student jobs sorted out.

What is a graduate job?

Graduate jobs are jobs offered to candidates that already have a degree. Very commonly graduate jobs can be mistaken for jobs that graduates do, but that’s not the case. Graduates may work at a place that does not require a degree.

What is an internship?

An internship is different from a graduate job as they’re targeted at students who are looking for work experience often related to their studies. An internship can be either part-time or full-time and paid or unpaid.

How to find the right student job for yourself?

Finding a student job isn’t so different from any other job hunt. It can go two ways — either you apply for an opening yourself or you’re headhunted by a recruiter.

If you don’t have any prior work experience, you most probably need to find the right channels and people yourself. During your studies, it’s smart to keep an open mind about where you want to work — a student job is the perfect time to test out different vocations and find out what suits you and what doesn’t.

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Where can you find internships or graduate jobs?

First off, the internet. Wow, right? Do some searching, dig into different job portals, check out the web and social media pages of companies you would love to work at. Keep yourself updated with what’s going on in the job market.

Next, head to your school’s information centre — many employees send information directly to your school about open student job positions.

Do you already have a LinkedIn account? If not, sign up! Sure, you may not have tons of work experience to list on your profile, but LinkedIn is a good way to be visible for recruiters. You can also show your interests by following different companies you would love to join. It’s a good way to keep up with their news and updates.

Be bold with applications and when you do, make sure your CV is a fair representation of yourself. Don’t list irrelevant information, make sure it’s on-point and easy to follow. Check out these examples of good CVs for applying for student jobs.

Try job counselling

In addition to finding nice examples of CVs and motivation letters on the internet, it’s worth giving job counselling a try.

Most campuses have a dedicated specialist on hand to answer all your questions about finding a job as a student, applying for an internship or filling in all the necessary paperwork to nail a graduate job position.

Job counselling usually consists of two parts:

  • helping you in finding the right career path for yourself;
  • providing you tools and resources for personal development.

Whether you’re looking for a temporary student job or kicking off your epic career, the sheer volume of opportunities on the job market can make your head spin. So, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion or an outsider to look at your ideas. We all need support.

While you search for a student job, earn money with Bolt

While looking for the perfect student job for yourself, you still need an income, right? This is where Bolt comes into play.

Why students drive with Bolt

There are loads of reasons why students choose Bolt to earn a little extra money, here are just a few:

Flexible hours 

Bolt offers the perfect no boss, no schedule way of earning money. As a student, your day is probably filled with lectures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. So, it may seem hard to find a slot to actually go and work somewhere.

When driving with Bolt, you’re in charge of your own schedule. Also, the times where you can earn more fall outside the regular 9 to 5, as people tend to request a ride more in the early mornings and evenings.

High earnings

You don’t need to pay a monthly fee or anything like that and you only pay commission for finished trips. Generally speaking, Bolt drivers earn more thanks to our lower commission rates. Find out how much you could be earning by driving with Bolt.

Weekly payouts

Bolt drivers receive their pay at the end of each week. So, no waiting around until the end of the month! This can help cover those frequent dinners with friends, date nights and tuition expenses!


If you do an especially good job and your riders rate you 4 or 5 stars, they have the option to leave you a tip. Bolt drivers receive 100% of the tips they’re sent, so it literally pays off to do a good job!

Requirements for driving with Bolt in Ghana

  • Age: 25 years old
  • Documents: Valid driver’s license, Road Worthiness Certificate, Vehicle Insurance

Good luck on your student job search and don’t be afraid to sign up to drive with Bolt to make some money meanwhile (it only takes 5 minutes!).

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