Case studies

Hear from our external employers

Student workers were a credit

"What can I say the staff were fantastic. We used eight Plymouth students, a number of which were also Student Ambassadors, to help support our waiting team on a high profile wedding for a long term client of ours in Rock, Cornwall. From first contact all the students were keen, polite and enthusiastic. They followed the briefing document to the letter and turned up on time, smartly dressed, smiley and ready to work. Throughout the whole day they all worked so hard and were a pleasure to work with. They not only did us as a company very proud, in turn, they very much were a credit to the University of Plymouth."
Anna Wooles, Senior Sales Manager, Fosters Event Catering, Bristol
Jobs board user

Successful part-time jobs fairs

"October 2016 was the first time we have attended the Part-time Jobs Fair organised by Student Jobs and it was very successful for us. We’d definitely be interested in attending in the future. We had well over 100 applicants and so far have employed 11 students with more still going through the interview process. The students were engaged, asked lots of questions and all seemed really keen to learn and understand about their future employment."

Richard Newbery, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Plymouth
Part-time Jobs Fair attendee

The support is so easy to access

"As a small, yet fast-growing business in Cornwall the support from the Careers & Employability Service has been extremely helpful in recruiting for professional roles. The support is so easy to access, we simply sent through a job description and the team advertised the role on their portal to students and recent alumni. In response to the advert we received lots of quality applications from exceptional students and graduates who had work experience and demonstrated many great achievements throughout their studies - both academic and extra-curricular. On the back of the advert we have even had a student request work experience, which is great for both the business and the student who will develop key employability skills and gain real work experience."

Caitie Hall, Sales & Marketing Manager, Buttermilk Artisan Confectionery / Chocolarder, Cornwall
Jobs board user

As an international student I was especially keen to develop my skills

"I’m an international student from Russia and since July I have I have worked for the University in various roles. I decided to look for part-time work as it would look good on my CV and also to improve my language and communication skills. I was especially keen to do student ambassador work because of the flexibility and variety of work you can do."

Iuliia Glukhikh, LLB Law

Speak to the Student Jobs team for advice and tips

"If you are looking for part-time work, go and speak to the Student Jobs team in the Careers & Employability Hub. They will help you find jobs advertised on the jobs board and give you advice and tips; that’s how I got my flexible retail job at UPSU! I work 10-15 hours a week for cash for rent as my loan doesn’t quite cover it. Apart from money it is good experience of working in a team and I have learned other new skills such as barista coffee and I have done my level two hygiene certificate."

Patrick Ward, BSc Mathematics

As well as the role being very flexible, I have developed skills which will transfer to my future career

"I work part time for UCSP in the cafés on campus as a catering assistant and a sustainability coordinator. As well as the role being very flexible, enabling me to work around my deadlines when necessary, I have developed skills which will transfer to my future career in sustainability. I attended a round table discussion with the Sustainable Restaurant Association in Manchester to discuss the scheme. I completed and achieved the application for the Reservoir Café on campus to gain Vegetarian Society accreditation!"

Olivia Wells (left and quote), MSc Sustainable Environmental Management
Chantelle Jarvis (right), BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health

Expand your network and explore your options for when you finish your studies

"Working alongside our studies as social media marketers for TIN Digital has helped us in so many ways. Specifically, it has showed us what it is like to work in the real world. Studying a degree is a very important part of learning about the field of work you wish to go into, however, experiencing it in a real work environment really prepares you for your future. You will increase your network and explore your options for when you finish your studies."

Tori Russell (left), MSc Digital and Social Media Marketing
Hannah Fleming (right), MSc Entrepreneurship