The growing opportunities for part-time jobs
Tan Jee Yee | 20 Jul 2018 00:30
Two weekends ago, I was in a part-time job – that is, “parttime” which took part of my time on a Sunday, and “job” for which I was paid in heartburn-inducing amounts of pizza afterwards.

Not bad for essentially helping a friend set up a flea market stand. Although if I was a 20-year old college student hoping to earn some extra moolah over the weekend, pizza as payment may not be so enticing.

It did get me thinking about part-time jobs. When I was 20, some weekends and semester breaks involved running around holding up camera lights and carting extra battery cartridges. Some like me are lucky enough to have uncles who are videographers. My friends, who are less lucky, make do with jobs they found off the classifieds in newspapers.

The part-time landscape has changed considerably since then. I recently spoke to Hew Wern James, a 20-year old college student residing in Setapak, who tells me that finding part-time jobs are much easier today.

“It’s not hard to find them online these days,” he says, citing websites like and as platforms where students (and everyone else) can easily seek jobs that are specifically on a part-time basis.

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