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Mini job, student assistant or working student: What is the best type of employment for students?

The types of employment: this is how you decide

With the individual options, it has already become clear that the various jobs usually have specific requirements in terms of professional competence. However, even as a student in the first semester, you can bring more experience with you through pre-study internships than a long-term student in the tenth semester. Or you are about to take your final exam and only want to work a few hours. There are advantages and disadvantages to all types of employment. Read the following arguments carefully and make your own checklist. This is how you can find the job that best suits your studies.

# 1 mini job and student assistant: flexible and fast

With both types of employment, you work on a EUR 450 basis and take on a support function within a company. The following advantages and disadvantages can give you information about whether this type of employment is suitable for you.

✓ Flexibility is the key word for mini jobs. You will be deployed as needed and usually have a say in the weekly planning of your working hours.
✓ As a mini jobber, you keep your head clear for your studies and rarely take tasks home with you. This is how you start fresh into every new day at school.
✓ Companies don't expect student assistants and mini-jobbers to reinvent the wheel. In this way, you can quickly familiarize yourself with tasks and cope with tasks without great effort.

# 2 Working student: References and contacts already during your studies

The entry into a working student job needs to be carefully considered, as this is often the entry into a company of your choice. The following arguments will show you whether you are right:

✓ As a working student, you will be involved in processes and take on professional responsibility. This challenge can help you put your knowledge from your studies to practical use.
✓ Most companies pay working students significantly better than mini-jobbers. Hourly wages of up to EUR 15 are not uncommon.
✓ Working student jobs can be counted as practical experience in the résumé. Well-known companies as a reference are always a good reputation for you as a graduate.
✓ As a working student, you will get deep insights into real working life and finish your studies with a clear idea of ​​where you will work later. Or maybe not.

Taxes and your piggy bank: what to look out for

If you now have an idea of ​​which type of employment might suit you and your studies, then it is worthwhile to give a little thought to your finances. Because even the best job is ultimately about what ends up in your account.

As a BAföG recipient and student with family insurance, you should prepare a precise cost-benefit analysis before you sign your employment contract as a working student. Allowances of up to EUR 450 per month are usually accepted without any problems, anything above this limit requires detailed research. Therefore, calculate your final hourly wage minus all ancillary costs. This is the only way you can make an informed decision.

Going to the tax advisor at your university is also a good idea. This way you can be sure that there are no cost traps waiting for you at the end of the year. The best job doesn't make up for that!