Night-fill worker

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Ben, 23

What's your job? Where is it?

Night-fill Worker and 'Check-Out-Chick' in a Ballarat supermarket.

Is it part-time or casual? How many hours a week do you work?

Casual. I work three times a week, around 10 hours per week.

What does the job involve?

Putting groceries on the shelf and serving customers. Maintaining a friendly work attitude.

When you started looking for work, was this the sort of work you wanted?

Considering I really just wanted anything that would pay, and the location of the job was great, it was the sort of job I was after.

What did you have to do to apply for the job?

Just drop a resume in. I had to wait a few months before actually getting the job, though.

Did anyone help you with either looking for or applying for this job?

My parents helped with my resume and my motivation for going for the job!

Was it hard to find this kind of job?

Not at all. They exist all across Australia

What are you hoping to get out of this job?

To grow in confidence that I'll need when I need to work for a living. Building friendships with fellow workers is also essential in order to have a good social life. Also, managing money is a goal. This job will also allow me to have experience when going for other jobs in the future.

Does this kind of job have any relevance to your desired career path? Why/why not?

No. While I love the job I currently have, my ambitions are far higher than working in a supermarket all my life.

Do you find it difficult to balance this job with the rest of your week?

Sometimes it can be a battle, but it's great to get out and see everyone. At the end of the week it's great to go shopping for things I've actually worked for.

What advice do you have for people looking for part-time or casual work?

Keep motivated. Drop resumes into every possible workplace. It is easier to sit back and wait for a job to come to you, but unless your resume is out there, nothing will happen. The more places you drop your resume in to, the more chance you have at finding a job sooner. Also, be yourself. There's no use pretending to be something you're not - it may go against you.

Also, take a look at the Jobs and Careers section to find more great tips when applying for jobs.

Find out more about this career path at myfuture.edu.au (new window) (Note: free registration is required to access the myfuture site).