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Being a university student may seem like child’s play to most people, but you and I know that’s not true. Balancing classes, assignments, exams, assessments, placements, independent living, social pressure, and large student debts can be pretty challenging for today’s average urban student.
Adding a part time job to peak precariously on that mountain of responsibilities may seem silly, yet students both international and local vie and compete for part time jobs. International students who are privately sponsored or receive a partial scholarship commonly seek out a part time job in order to put some yin (money) into their yang (bank accounts). Every student knows one can never have enough money.
And even though a part time job can sound like too much work, it surprisingly brings a lot of benefits such as:
• Extra cash (YAY!)
• Opportunities to network, join new social circles, meet people from all over the world and build friendships.
• Having a part time job can also add considerable weight to your CV, and will play an important part in your future job search as a graduate.
• Last but not least, working part time is a great way to demonstrate your eagerness to work and learn invaluable new skills whether it’s time management, organisational skills, communication skills etc.
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Put on Your Job Hunting Gear…
Before you start scouting for part time jobs, it’s absolutely essential to first sit and consider what sort of job you are looking for and where you would want to work. Google can lead you to some generic job hunting websites, but you have to be careful of these websites because they might not be actually legit. However there are some useful jobsites such as Indeed, Reed and LinkedIn that can prove really helpful when it comes to narrowing down the jobs you wish to apply for.
All universities have a Careers Services team and website with specific search options that will help you browse for student jobs on campus and off-campus. The Student Union is a great resource to find a part-time job and more than likely they’ll be flexible to the schedule of a student.
Be proactive! Join societies that interest you or start volunteering. All of these experiences will give your CV a great competitive edge.
More Useful Job Tips
• Always read the job advertisement carefully to see what the employer is asking for. Some ask for CVs, but others may request that you send in a cover letter as well.
• Keep your CV up to date (contact number, current address, level of education, etc) and try to tailor them according to the specifications of the job you are trying to get.
• Never send an email with no title, an empty body and only a CV attachment. Always state your name, which position you are applying for and where you saw the job ad.
• Demonstrate your enthusiasm by researching the company prior to composing your cover letter. It will be better if you personalise the cover letter for each job application rather than sending out generic cover letters to every company. The same goes for your CV. It doesn’t hurt to go outside and distribute printed copies of your CV in shops, pubs etc. Don’t be afraid to ask about vacancies in stores while you’re shopping as well. It’s an opportunity to make a good impression and hopefully even land a job offer!
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Facts You Should Know
The National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage (National Minimum Wage rates change every October. National Living Wage rates change every April)
Under 18: £4.00 18 to 20: £5.55
21 to 24: £6.95 25 and over: £7.20
Remember if you’re on a Tier 4 visa you have a restricted number of hours you can work per week! Check your visa or BRP to find out the maximum number of hours you are able to work. We have included some job hunting links for your benefit.
• Indeed – http://www.indeed.co.uk/
• Reed.co.uk – http://www.reed.co.uk/
• Cityjobs (finance) – http://www.cityjobs.com/
• Monster.co.uk – http://www.monster.co.uk/
• Guardian – https://jobs.theguardian.com/
Pay attention to the company’s details on visa regulations, whether the company will sponsor for your visa, etc.
Hopefully the advice we’ve given will help you cope with the headache that job hunting brings. We wish you all the best in your search for a part time job. It may take some time until you find the job, but don’t worry. Go at your own pace, and seek out opportunities to learn and build up your work experience.