There are many people out there, a population that reaches almost 7.53 billion in the world with various different ethnics and comes from different family background. Some are born with a silver spoon, some who aren’t fortunate enough had to wake up every day and make themselves get ready to go to work. Maybe to lessen the burden that their family had until earning money becomes a habitual routine in their daily lives and they’re no longer complaining. Some people go to work simply because it is a good way to fill up their free time instead of doing absolutely nothing at the comfort of their homes.
Growing up, I’ve seen a lot of people have done several part-time jobs here and there, including myself. In the past, having these jobs are almost like a staple of nearly every student’s schedule, no matter in high school or in the university. Everybody talks about their sweet little jobs and nobody seems to care about how tiring it could get because it seems to do more good than bringing about negative ones.
Recently, however, participation in part-time jobs in Malaysia are on the decline. What’s causing this lack of interest in part-time jobs among the millennials and Gen Z? In fact, there are actually a few several factors to blame. First of all, it is the demanding college admissions that scare off this younger generation to be working as part-timers, and put whipped cream on top of drinks then sell it to their favourite loyal Starbucks’ customers. Nowadays, these people prefer to take extra classes and do volunteer work during their holidays just to strengthen and build up their resume.
Despite all of that, we can’t deny that taking part-time jobs gives a lot of advantages and here are why this younger millennial generation prefer to work part-time rather than full-time.
#1 More Free Time to Do Other Things
For part-time jobs, the people working do not need to stay for a long period of time which is different from working in full-time jobs. So, they do not have to fully devote almost their entire day doing work in solely one place. Instead, only a short span of time is needed and they are free to do whatever they want for the entire day. They can continue pursuing their extracurricular activities if they want to. Some part-time jobs also make an appeal to those special admission projects in certain colleges. They might look for the experience you had, civic outreach or your basic soft skills.
For those who are lacking in their requisite academic transcripts and achievement, they also might want to make use of the free time that they had after work with credential activities. Others may even make use of part-time jobs to climb the ladder within their existing field.
#2 Open Doors to Higher Job Opportunities
Some employers might open up positions for part-time jobs to the public when there are no full-time positions available within a given company. This might also be a way for them to look out for obvious candidates when these part-timers join so that when a full-time slot becomes available, the current part-timer can instead work full-time. Meanwhile, workers may accept part-time employment to prepare and posture themselves before fully indulging in the real industry in which they have to work for long hours. Why do part-timers have better job opportunities? This is because they can easily get hired by a company if they already had plenty of working experience and knows how to do certain things in a certain way.
A part-time job can also help an individual to gain experience and training in fields that are not familiar with them. After all, employers might be reluctant when employing an inexperienced worker to take responsibilities of the full-time jobs in their company, but they might be more inclined to employ a candidate to work in a part-time basis who usually expresses a very enthusiastic desire to learn the job and the real deal.
#3 Get to Earn More Money
This might sound counterintuitive to some people who work as part-timers for other reasons, but it is indeed a fact that most part-timers do what they do, to earn more money. It is better to be able to do something out of their free time and gaining a few pennies so that they can save it for possible complications in the future or even, spend it on things they have been wanting at the end of the day. As they said, it is never wrong to treat yourself good once in a while and that includes purchasing that sweatshirt you saw at the store a few months ago but was too broke to get it. Now, go get it! I hope that cool sweatshirt is still there.
Although full-timers do get higher salary than the people working in a part-time basis, these workers also love the feeling of not having to work for long hours and then get worn out for the rest of the day. Part-timers are satisfied with the payment they get which is sufficient enough for them to spend. Some individuals may earn extra money if he or she is capable of balancing more than one part-time job. As an example, the individual might scoops ice cream in the morning and sells movie tickets at the counter during night time. Some people with many more part-time jobs may pull in a greater combined income than a single full-time position would provide and these people may even still end up working fewer total hours on a daily basis.
#4 Improve Health and Lower Stress Levels
The younger generation usually goes for having a part-time job in Malaysia because they have extra time to do other activities and that also includes hitting the gym for a better lifestyle. On the contrary, full-timers usually ended up feeling very tired towards the end of the day and not getting a good night’s sleep. Due to the insufficient time they needed to do exercises, getting out and enjoying the sunny outdoors, basically committing to a healthy lifestyle, they tend to get even more tired.
Part-time employment allows for better time management and not missing the normal daily tasks such as getting the laundry done, going grocery shopping, and completing any other household chores, ultimately resulting in a more organized order of living especially at home and at the same time, this can reduce their stress levels.
Furthermore, part-timers who are paid with a limited salary often experience less financial stress. This is due to the fact that they conform their spending to align with their income. Those with a salary as high as a full-timer needs to learn to manage their income and spending more efficiently because they tend to have fewer worries to spend their money on a lot more unnecessary stuff. Also, those capable of adjusting to a slightly lower standard of living, often discover that working fewer hours is already favourable enough for them.
All in all, most of the youngsters these days have succumbed to the norms of having part-time jobs, which can benefit them in a lot of ways. However, they still need to be able to manage their time efficiently and careful not to miss out on anything that is relatively more important, especially for people who are still studying and, on a path to spark their education further. Students need to balance their time and figure out what is best for themselves. Based on what I said, it is true, in most scenarios, the younger generation does prefer to work in part-time jobs.