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So, you’re a Uni Student and need to support yourself financially whilst studying? Juggling work-life and study can sometimes be difficult. But finding a job that lets you juggle the both can be even more difficult – if you make it. 

As a Uni Student, your weekdays are probably filled with study and attending classes. Leaving you with weekends and weeknights to earn some cash. However, if you’re lucky and have a good study schedule, you may have some weekdays to spare.

What are the most suitable jobs for Uni students though? To help you out, we’ve collated some information on the most suitable jobs. As well as some tips on how to get those jobs. Read on to find out!

Barista

Most (not all) people these days rely on coffee to get them through their workday. Therefore, baristas are well sought after. Barista jobs are often casual, which is exactly what you need as a Uni student. Although this isn’t always the case. 

If you have previous experience in a cafe or you’re already equipped with coffee making skills. Getting a job as a barista should be an easy task. However, if you don’t already have the skills, it’s not difficult to learn them. HITsa offer a 3 day Barista Course that will provide you with the skills to prepare and serve espresso coffee. Once completed, you should be able to find a barista job in no time!

Furthermore, barista work is a suitable job for Uni students. 

Bar Staff

Working behind a bar can be a great job for Uni students, that’s if you’re able to stay up late and you’re potentially willing to give up your weekends. Bar work is convenient for students as it’s mainly night shifts and weekend work. Leaving your weekdays free to attend Uni.

However, if you value your weekends and aren’t willing to sacrifice them to support yourself financially, bar work may not be for you. Unless you find an employer who’s happy to roster you on weeknights only. 

Furthermore, if you’re wanting to work in a bar you’re going to need to get your RSA. RSA training is a 1-day course that provides you with the legal requirements to work within the sale or supply of alcohol. 

HITsa offer this hospitality training online or in-classroom – enrol online today!

Gaming Staff 

Working in a gaming room is again another great job for Uni students. As gaming rooms are often open 7 days a week and until late, it’s quite easy to make room for shifts in your busy Uni schedule. 

However, to work within a gaming room you will need to get your gaming badges. Don’t stress though, these are easy enough to get! And once you have them, it shouldn’t take long to land yourself a job. 

Start by undertaking a Basic Gaming Course and then complete your Advanced Gaming to take it to the next level.

Wait Staff

If you don’t have time or you’re not interested in working late nights, working as a waitress/waiter could be a better option. Wait staff will often get to finish much earlier than bar or gaming staff as most kitchens are only open until 9/10pm. Therefore, you can still manage to juggle work-life and social events on weekends. With your weekdays dedicated to Uni and study.

Completing a Food & Beverage Service course is a great way to get into the hospitality industry.

Uni Students… it’s time to get a job!

Now that you know the best jobs for Uni students – it’s time to go out and get one! Whether you’re wanting to work as a barista or maybe bar work is more you’re thing. All you need to do (well should) is undertake some job ready courses. Especially if you don’t have prior experience in those fields of work. Job ready courses such as RSA Training, Barista Course, Basic Gaming Training and Food & Beverage Service are great ways to get your foot in the door.

Furthermore, HITsa offer all these courses plus more. Enrol online today and equip yourself with the skills you need for your preferred casual job.

Cocktails… a ‘fancy’ alcoholic beverage that most people enjoy to drink, but not so much make. Drinking cocktails is easy enough to do, however making them is a different story. It can be a very slow process if you’ve never made a cocktail before. One shot, two shot, ice… what’s next?

If you love drinking cocktails, it could be fair to say you’d probably enjoy working in a cocktail bar too (maybe). When applying for jobs within bars, whether that be cocktail bars or your typical pub bar, a lot will require you to have cocktail making experience. But what if you don’t have experience or don’t know how to make a cocktail? Well, that can be easily fixed with a few simple steps that will be covered below.

What does it take to work in a cocktail bar?

Firstly, before you learn how to make a cocktail you want to learn how to be the best bartender. The art of cocktail making is important, however so is the customer service that goes with it.

Bar work can require certain traits in a person. Working behind a bar can mean working with people who have been drinking. This can sometimes mean heavily intoxicated people and rowdy people. Which at times can be difficult to handle. Here are some of the main traits you will need when working within a bar.

Patience

Working in a bar can be both fun and testing, but it does require patience. You will constantly be working around alcohol and intoxicated people. Some people become rowdy, overly confident and loud when they drink. Alcohol affects everyone differently and you will need patience to be able to handle this.

People Person

Bar work requires you to be a people person as you will be working around new people every day. To be a successful bartender you will need to be able to engage with customers. Customers will often want to talk, this could be about their life, their problems or anything topical. You don’t necessarily have to have conversations with them, however it’s best to show some interest and acknowledge what they’re saying.

Passionate

Being passionate about your work will show through your performance and most importantly, the cocktails and drinks you make. As well as your customer service. If you’re not passionate about your job it will more than likely reflect on your customers and your performance. Which is not what you or your employee will want. 

A sense of humour

If you’ve been around intoxicated people before you would probably know what they can be like sometimes. When working in a bar it’s best to have some sort of sense of humour, or at least not take everything seriously. Plus, customers will often love to be able to have a laugh with staff. Especially regular customers.

Time to talk about cocktail making

Now that we’ve covered the basic traits of cocktail bartending, let’s learn how to make a cocktail. Or to be more precise, the steps to take to learn how to make a cocktail.

Becoming a great cocktail bartender and making the best cocktails can take time. Firstly you want to start off by learning how to make the classic well-known cocktails. Such as; Espresso Martini, Mojito, Pina Colada, Long Island Iced Tea, Margarita and more. 

In addition, a great way to learn how to make cocktails is to take a cocktail course. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to prepare and serve a range of cocktails. As well as help you to land a job within a cocktail bar.

The basic tools needed to make a cocktail

Measure/Jigger

The first tool needed, even though not all bartenders would use this tool, is a jigger. Experienced bartenders may not use this tool as they’re used to free pouring. However, as a beginner you should definitely use a jigger. A jigger is a measuring tool that is used to measure liquid. This is an important tool as balance is important when making cocktails. You don’t want to have too much or too little of something as it will throw off the whole drink. 

Shaker

The shaker is a simple yet important tool. This tool is required for any drink that needs to be mixed/shaken. The most common shaker that bartenders use is a Boston shaker. 

Strainer

The next important tool is a strainer. Some shakers may come with a built in strainer and some may not. A strainer is to be used after shaking a drink, it helps to ensure that all fruits and herbs don’t end up in the final product. Simply place the strainer on top of the shaker whilst pouring the drink into a glass.  

Bar Spoon

A simple, yet very important tool. A bar spoon is a metal spoon with a long and spiral handle that is used for stirring drinks. Some bar spoons will also have a handle on the end which is used to muddle herbs.

Time to start making cocktails

Now that you know all the basics of cocktail bartending service as well as the basic tools to make a cocktail, it’s time to learn how to make one! Although there are plenty of books and articles with step to step guides on how to make a cocktail. The best way to learn is by completing a cocktail course (Prepare and Serve Cocktails). This will not only give you that hands on practice with a qualified trainer. But, also provide you with a nationally recognised training certificate. Which will be beneficial when it comes to applying for jobs. You may not have that on the job experience yet, but you’ll be as close to it as you can get! 

Furthermore, HITsa Training and Employment offer a Prepare and Serve Cocktails Courseenrol online today. Most importantly, if you’re looking to work behind a bar you will need to complete your RSA course first.

Lastly, if you’re looking for work check out our online jobs board where you can find a range of; hospitality, security, admin and aged care jobs.