The cost of university is increasing year by year, and reports have found that the UK is one of the most expensive places to study in the world, so it’s not surprising that many university students find themselves in difficult financial situations a few months in to starting university.
Getting a part-time job while at university is an excellent way to help relieve any financial pressure you might be feeling, as well as providing you an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and bolster your CV.
Below you can find our guide on part-time jobs at university.
Why get a Part-time job at University?
- Earn extra money
Working part-time during your studies will allow you to gain extra money. This can be used to cover the cost of living or you can use this money on socialising. It is also a great way to learn how to budget and spend wisely.
- Gain transferrable skills
Working a part-time job can allow you to develop many different workplace skills that can be used throughout your career. Examples include teamwork, communication, time management and initiative, which are all skills that can help you stand out in interviews in later life.
- Networking opportunities
Having a part-time job allows you to network with colleagues and form new relationships, which may help with your graduate job hunt. Part-time jobs can sometimes lead to full-time positions in the company.
Types of Part-time Jobs available
There are a number of part time jobs available for students. Here are some industries where industries are most common:
Working in retail includes an array of places, such as clothing stores, supermarkets and other high-street retailers. Working in retail is a good idea because of the flexible shifts that you can arrange to work around your university timetable. Seasonal jobs are common too, in periods such as Christmas or the summer.
Hospitality includes working in bars, restaurants, pubs and cafes. This is good for those who can potentially commit to longer shifts and make a good amount of money, with the added bonus of tips.
- Office work
Office work has recently become a popular type of employment, predominantly in admin type roles. It is a great way to make extra money and gain experience in an office environment, which is invaluable to your CV. Furthermore, the opportunities to learn are abundant.
Where to find Part-time jobs
- Job boards and websites
Job boards and websites are a great way to find a part-time job. It is an easy process to apply to a wide range of jobs that take little time to carry out.
- Give out your CV
Sometimes the best way to find part-time work is to print out copies of your CV and hand them into different places, asking if there is any part-time work available. This is a proactive way to find a job.
- University support
Many universities will offer options and advice on how to gain part-time employment to fund your studies. There are many resources available, such as campus work, career websites and university organised networking events.
We have an array of positions on our website, so please do visit https://www.thegraduateproject.co.uk/jobs/search