Working part-time: Costanzo Facchiano

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year, Work Experience

Full name: Costanzo Facchiano

Degree title: BSc Transport Management

Year of study: Second year

Organisation name: JobShop, Aston University

Job title: Marketing Assistant

What does a typical day in your part-time job look like?

A typical day in my role begins with dressing smartly in order to best represent the JobShop. My job is focused around finding employment vacancies for Aston students online, which involves telephoning company representatives and performing due-diligence checks to ensure that the jobs on offer are of a high quality.

I also greet and talk to students who visit the JobShop to find out the best way to help them with their search for part-time employment. In the JobShop, I can chat with colleagues and listen to the radio, which contribute to a comfortable work environment.

What has been the highlight of your job so far?

I think the highlight of my job so far was near the end of Term 1 – after work one evening, we went on a JobShop staff social trip to the Birmingham Christmas Market, where we looked around, bought drinks and had a laugh. At that time, I was very new to the role, and this trip gave me the opportunity to get to know my colleagues better.

What skills have you developed?

I have learnt several skills in this role, the most important of which is effective communication over the telephone. My job relies heavily on telephoning company representatives from around the city, so I have learnt to converse confidently and concisely over the phone. In addition, I have learnt to use CISCO telephones which numerous large firms use. I have also developed better timekeeping skills in order to meet my targets.

Why did you decide to get a part-time job?

I decided to get a part-time job to become more independent. By gaining this role, I’ve been able to support myself financially at University without having to ask my family for input. Not only this, but the skills I have learnt in this role are invaluable, especially since I have never worked in this field before.

How do you juggle working and studying?

In order to strike a balance between working and studying, I work a small number of hours a week. The JobShop urges students not to work in excess of 20 hours per week as this will most likely interfere with studying. Around exam time, I work less hours so I can increase the amount of preparation I put into revision.

How have the skills and experience you’ve gained from your part-time job helped you in other areas of your life?

The skills and experience I’ve gained from my part-time role have definitely better prepared me for the world of work after university. I have learnt what a good CV should look like, experienced a real formal job interview and also developed great communication skills – all of which I will need in future employment.

What advice would you give to other students thinking about or looking for a part-time job?

When looking for a part-time job, stay open-minded – apply to lots of different roles! This will increase your chances of employment and you may find that you’re good at something you’ve never tried before. For instance, I’ve not done a job like this one before and I really enjoy it.

Another tip would be to actively equip yourself with a variety of skills which can look good on a CV – this could be anything from sports to learning a new language or even a First Aid course. All of these things can further the competitiveness of your job application.

What are your plans for the future?

When I finish my degree, I hope to find a full-time role in the transport planning and design sector. If possible, I would stay in Birmingham to do this as the city is bursting with life and a multitude of opportunities.