Working as student
A few hours’ paid work can make a big difference to your professional prospects, your finances, and your quality of life. But your studies come first, and before you commit to a part-time job, there’s a few practical issues to consider.
Should I get a part-time job?
Ultimately, that’s your own call—only you will know if the demands of a part-time job are compatible with your studies. Be honest with yourself, if you’re thinking of sacrificing any more free time—make sure that you’ve actually got the time to give.
If you have, there’s plenty of good reasons to work during your time as a student. These include:
- more financial freedom
- first-hand experience in the workplace
- transferrable skills, meaning that your CV isn’t just a list of qualifications
- the networking opportunities within your chosen field of employment
- gathering references, for your placement or graduate level job.
Great—I’ve decided I’d like to get a part-time job. What should I do?
Again—that’s your call. First and foremost, find something that fits around your studies, and doesn’t interfere with them. Shift-based jobs work well, as they can be changed from week to week—bars, restaurants and call centres are all perennial student favourites. There’s a lot of competition, however, so it might be an idea to start looking before term starts—or at least, before you really need the money!
How do I find a part-time job?
The Students’ Union runs a Job Shop for part-time and voluntary work opportunities.
Our Students in Classrooms Team offers a range of unique and rewarding paid work opportunities each year. These include:
- mentoring pupils on one-to-one basis
- literacy support for pupils in primary schools
- subject specific classroom support in schools and colleges
- working as a Student Ambassador, either at NTU, or in a local school or college.
You can also look for jobs in the Nottingham Post, at Jobcentre Plus, through local employment agencies, or through online student job portals (see the more information box below for links). And don’t discount job-hunting the old-fashioned way – by taking your CV to employers in person, and introducing yourself. Sometimes, it can make a better impression than any application form.
Finally, consider alternative part-time work. Carrying out market research, becoming a ‘mystery diner’, doing private tutoring and even selling your artwork are all potential ways to earn extra cash.