Arnd Visarius

School's out: Time for students to earn some extra cash

Arnd Visarius
Arnd Visarius
published 07/02/2021

The spring holidays are just around the corner. Many students will take advantage of the break to work some extra hours and earn much-needed cash. Particularly in times of the global pandemic and the lack of usually popular student jobs, students are more willing than ever to work. Holidays between semesters give students time to work full-time and refill their coffers. Against this backdrop, graduates remain largely positive about the future, giving companies a great opportunity to expand their workforce. Read on to find out more.

In the run-up to the 2020/2021 winter semester, one thing reigned supreme: uncertainty. Universities and colleges did everything in their power to take teaching online overnight. However, students lacked clarity. A key worry? Financing their studies. The semester may have ended, but their concerns remain. Working full-time during university holidays offers a potential way to lighten the financial load. We help students keep their head above water.

Why do so many students want to work full-time during the holidays? 

The situation has only been exacerbated by the second nationwide lockdown. With no signs of ending any time soon, the lockdown has resulted in the closure of restaurants and the majority of offline retail, among the most popular sectors for part-time student jobs. Since the start of the pandemic, we've already helped many students who lost their jobs as a result and found them suitable work. The universities will soon be closed for the holidays. Lots of students will be looking to work full-time and make some money. Based on experience, students are far more willing to work 40 hours a week during the holidays. Demand will likely be particularly high this year. Why? Many undergraduates will be looking to make up for their financial losses in recent months. As the start of the lecture-free period tends to vary from university to university, we recommend getting in touch with your nearest jobvalley location.

A fast, flexible response to urgent staffing requirements

Luckily for students looking for work, many companies also urgently require reliable full-time employees. From food retail, online and logistics to medicine, pharmaceuticals and laboratories: there are many vacancies to fill. While it may not be possible to plan long into the future, the demand can be met with temporary workers. Students often look for work during the holidays, particularly full-time positions. So why not help them out? Digital innovations such as the jobvalley client portal help clients quickly and flexibly cover their staffing needs. Clients can also give students the opportunity to introduce themselves to the business and, depending on the field, find a future employer. Something that should not be overlooked, particularly in light of the optimistic view on the future held by prospective graduates in spite of the pandemic. Many of them want to start working directly after they graduate. Tip: We offer a special service for the placement and recruitment of graduates and young professionals.

Full-time while school's out, part-time during the lecture period

Our internal analyses on university holidays have shown that students like to work more during these months. At the same time, the number of students who work over 20 hours a week for us at client companies typically doubles during this period. On average, students want to work 29.8 hours each week during the holidays, a striking difference to the amount they want to work during the lecture periods. That’s not to say they don’t have any time to work alongside their studies. They are just as eager to work and provide motivated and effective support to our clients during term-time. Although ‘only’ for 15 hours a week. 

jobvalley summary

Looking for staff at short notice? You’ve come to the right place! Our pool of student workers is vast and readily available during the semester and the upcoming lecture-free period, helping you find flexible cover or extra help to manage peak seasons. Send a non-binding personnel request to let us know your individual requirements.

Arnd Visarius
About the author

Arnd Visarius

Since I've always been passionate about writing, it didn't take much effort to jump out of my studies into the fresh water of online editing when the opportunity presented itself. After working in Dortmund, Witten, Cologne (other side of the Rhine) and North Miami Beach, I'm now aboard as Content Manager at jobvalley.