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
The University of Plymouth 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.