How to get a job at university

You might make it through your first semester on savings from a summer job, or maybe your family will send regular care packages while you adapt to being an independent adult. But it can’t last forever – at some point you’re probably going to need a job at university. Here’s what to do:

1. Know your motives
Think about why you want a job. Experience to help your future career? Or to plug a gap in your skills and boost your CV? The answers to these questions will determine where you look and what type of part-time work you go for.

2. Beat the crowds
Start looking for a job at the start of the semester, before everyone else runs out of money as well. If you want to find something specific to your interests, this might be competitive. Fancy a career in art? Look up the art galleries in the city and contact them sooner rather than later about part-time jobs.

3. Be realistic
How much time do you have available for working? Make sure you find a balance with your studies. Many students make it work, but don’t overdo it. Factor in downtime to relax and to get involved in the extra-curricular activities, societies and sports on offer, too.

4. Make use of campus facilities
Plymouth University employs students in a variety of roles, from working at Open Days, to catering or admin. The Student Union has loads of part time roles, in the SU shop or bar. Off campus are the retail, admin, care and hospitality sectors, and there are plenty of part time opportunities to fit around your studies. The University’s Student Jobs service can help you find opportunities both on and off of campus, and the staff at the Careers & Employability Hub can help find the best option for you.

Iuliia Glukhikh, LLB Law

Student ambassador

“I decided to look for part-time work as it would look good on my CV and improve my communication skills. I was keen to do student ambassador work because of the flexibility and variety. Working part-time helps you make friends, gives you extra cash and improves your skills. Before interviews, understand what employers are looking for. Also, networking with other students helped me to find out more about being a student ambassador.” 

Student Life magazine - issue 5