Freelancing is a great professional opportunity for students to start their career early. It is an accessible, compensated opportunity to start planning your career as you’re learning the first basic skills that are relevant to your major or career of interest.
Most majors in universities can lead to numerous career tracks. Starting work early while in school helps students to figure out a few questions they won’t have to answer later. Do I have any particular skills amongst my peers to land a job now? What industry offers me the most opportunities or the highest salary? Which career track is more challenging and suits me or my family? What is my learning curve with this particular job and how likely am I to be promoted in fewer years? All of these questions will have clearer answers once you have started work already.
Freelancing is a source of income you can re-invest in your education
All of the freelance positions available on freelance job marketplaces, such as UAE’s Nabbesh.com (or نبش) are compensated. You will not work for free. You can re-invest your earned money earned right back into your education. You can take more courses in your specialized field. You can take courses in leading job markets such as IT development or graphic design to land more jobs. You will lead a comfortable and autonomous young student life without exhausting your parents’ income.
Freelancing is both accessible and manageable
Freelance work is manageable alongside your full-time studies since it is project-based and not hours-bound. As a full-time student, you might not have enough time to take on an internship during the school year. The best summer internships might be very competitive and employers might not take students who lack previous professional experience. Freelance work in your own chosen domain will provide you with the experience you need to land your dream internship. Freelance opportunities are more abundant than part-time jobs because you can work with anybody, any business anywhere. When freelancing, you certainly don’t have to log in a certain number of hours to earn your paycheck. You simply have to finish a job.
Freelance work is easy to reference to online
Most freelance job marketplaces such as Nabbesh’s provides you with a platform to build up your professional profile online, get reviews from previous employers and reference to previous work all in one place. It is a much straightforward, better designed resume than a regular paper resume. Future employers can vet your professional experiences in few clicks instead of awkward phone calls.
Freelance work gives you the opportunity to specialise. It is better to learn how to excel at one skill or one industry than perform average at a set of unrelated skills. At least, that’s what PayPal’s co-founder, Peter Thiel, thinks. Thiel is a billionaire serial entrepreneur and investor. He knows better. Employers
tend to hire employees who are really good at something. Freelancing will introduce you to a range of different industries and a new set of required skills to fulfill new jobs and challenges. You will learn which job(s) you excel at, which industry interests you the most. You have control.
Building up a professional network
Starting work early helps you build up professional connections. You will connect with both employers and peers in your academic and professional field. Employers are more likely to hire freelancers on extended contracts or full-time positions they have tested on previous work projects. As you progress, you will learn who are the main actors in your chosen field in your local economy and hopefully connect with industry leaders.