It doesn’t matter if you’re packing fruit and veg at the supermarket or flipping burgers at a fast food chain, your first job means one thing: independence.
If it’s time for you to get into the professional world, here’s what you need to think about at every phase, from job hunt to payday.
Phase 1: The job hunt
Start off your search by looking online. Career resources like Seek have casual listings, and you can add geographical filters to search in your local area. There are also part-time specific sites like Spot Jobs.
While it may not seem like it, after school jobs can definitely build skills that apply to your future career. Think about the role and the skills it may require. Will it build your communication skills and confidence through customer service, for instance?
Phase 2: Getting your stuff together
As you start applying for jobs, it’s good to have all of the information an employer will need ready to go. Here’s a list of some things you need to think about:
- Tax File Number: This is a number assigned to you by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) that helps identify you for tax and superannuation. Your employer will need this before they can pay you, so it helps to be proactive and get one before you get started. The ATO’s website provides some helpful information on the different ways you can get a TFN.
- Bank accounts: It’s good to have both a transactional account and a savings account. Take a look at ING Orange Everyday Youth – it’s got benefits that can help you in your day to day saving, like no ATM fees or ING international transaction fees worldwide.
- Super: Before you start the job, do some research to find a super product that works for you. Think about what features you want, what investment options you are interested in, consider what your financial needs, objectives and requirements are and have a look at the Product Disclosure Statement(s) and Product Guide. You can use a comparison site to get an understanding of the different features of superannuation accounts.
With ING’s Living Super, for instance, you can keep it simple by choosing one of three managed fund options or you could get more sophisticated with a customised trading portfolio. You can easily change investment choices according to your comfort level.
Phase 3: Starting the job
When you get a job offer, you can check whether you’re getting paid fairly with the government’s PACT (Pay and Conditions Tool) calculator. You’ll just need to a few pieces of information about the job, your age and the industry, and the calculator will tell you the base pay rate you should be receiving.
Adding a job in the mix with all the other things in your life, like school and your social life, means there will be a bit for you to juggle. It can help if you plan out your weeks. You can start by prioritising your schoolwork and any extracurricular activities like sport, and then build your shifts around those priorities. Try out apps like myHomework which tracks your homework, classes and tests with an easy calendar display.
Casual work can be fairly flexible when it comes to scheduling shifts, but if you need time off, it can be helpful to give your employer at least a couple of weeks’ notice in advance where possible.
Phase 4: Payday
When it comes to your paycheck, there are a few things to look out for:
- Gross pay is your pay before tax. Some of the money you earn may not be subject to tax, but if you earn over the tax-free threshold then you may need to pay tax. You can use an income tax calculator to check whether you will need to pay tax, and how much tax you may need to pay.
- Net pay is the amount you actually get after tax is taken out.
- You’ll also see how much has been added to your super. It is always important to check that your employer is paying into your super correctly.
You can also set up recurring payments on your payday to move some of your paycheck into your savings. With an ING Orange Everyday Youth you can link your transaction account to your Savings Maximiser account, which has a high variable interest rate to help accelerate your savings.
For the curious:
This information has been prepared without taking into account you or your personal circumstances, financial situation or needs. Fees and charges apply. Before making any decision in relation to any of our products, you should read the following product documents and consider whether the products are appropriate for you:
Orange Everyday Youth and Saving Maximiser Accounts – Orange Everyday Youth Terms and Conditions and Fees & Limits Schedule, and the Savings Maximiser Terms and Conditions;
Living Super Account – Product Disclosure Statement, Product Guide and Financial Service Guide.
These documents are available at www.ing.com.au or by calling 133 464.
ING Orange Everyday Youth and Savings Maximiser Accounts are issued by ING, a business name of ING Bank (Australia) Limited ABN 24 000 893 292, AFSL 229823.
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Orange Everyday Youth Account
Orange Everyday Youth is an account for individuals who are 15 to 17 years old. Joint accounts and overdrafts are not available for Orange Everyday Youth.
Rebate Offers for Orange Everyday Youth Accounts
All Orange Everyday Youth accounts will receive the Global ATM Rebate Offer and the International Transaction Fee Rebate Offer. This means that:
for ATMs in Australia – any ATM fee charged by the ATM operator is paid back to you immediately following the transaction,
for ATMs outside Australia:
ING will pay back the International ATM withdrawal fee of $2.50 immediately after it is charged, and
ING will pay back any ATM fee charged by the ATM operator when your transaction is finalised (settled).
While a transaction is pending, the amount the ATM operator charges in fees will be deducted from your available balance and will be paid back to you after the transaction is finalised (settled). ATM transactions made outside Australia can take up to 5 business days to finalise, so that means it can take up to 5 business days for us to pay back overseas ATM fees to you, and
for ING international transaction fees on card purchases – ING will pay back the International Transaction fee of 2.5% of the amount of the international transaction immediately after it is charged. The person you’re buying things from may charge you a separate fee for their services (which we will not pay back to you under this offer).
This offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time at ING’s sole discretion.
Savings Maximiser Account for Orange Everyday Youth customers
Interest rates are subject to change. See ing.com.au to find the current rates. High variable interest rate comprised of standard variable rate and additional variable rate. Additional variable rate can only apply when you also have an Orange Everyday Youth. The additional variable rate that is added to the Savings Maximiser standard variable rate applies on one Savings Maximiser per customer and calculated on the account balance in that Savings Maximiser Account up to $100,000. Any amounts above $100,000 in the Savings Maximiser Account are subject to the Savings Maximiser standard variable rate applicable at the time. If you do not satisfy the conditions to receive the additional variable rate, the standard variable rate applies. If you have multiple Savings Maximiser accounts, visit online banking or call us on 133 464 to check or change which Savings Maximiser account receives the additional variable rate (if eligible).
ING can change or withdraw the additional variable rate at any time. The additional variable rate is not payable in conjunction with any other promotional rate. This offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time at ING’s sole discretion.
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