Part-time work is a fantastic way of increasing your skills and experience in the workplace, adding cash to your bank balance, maybe meeting new people in the community and even creating useful contacts for your career after university.
Opportunities on campus
Student Ambassadors help the university with marketing activities and outreach work such as open days, Higher Education fairs and school liaison. For more information go to www.cumbria.ac.uk/studentambassadors. Other jobs working for the University of Cumbria are advertised on the University’s website, www.cumbria.ac.uk/jobs.
Where to look
All job vacancies and placements that you may be interested in are advertised on the University’s Virtual Job Shop at http://cumbria.prospects.ac.uk/. Register and you can receive regular emails about all types of work and a range of placement opportunities including part-time and summer vacation work as well as graduate opportunities locally, nationally and even internationally.
You can also register your details at www.cumbria.ac.uk/grab or email email@example.com to receive the weekly “Opportunities Knock” bulletin from the University’s Business Placement service.
Your course staff may well forward interesting opportunities to you so check your student email, Blackboard and course noticeboards regularly.
Other part time jobs in the area are advertised in the local press and on their websites. In Lancashire this is the Lancaster Guardian at www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/jobs and in Cumbria this is the Cumberland News at www.clickin2jobs.co.uk which also has a CV Link that matches your details with vacancies. You can also look out for vacancies advertised in shop windows.
There are Jobcentre Plus offices at Mitre House on Church Street in Lancaster and also on Lowther Street in Carlisle. They both have Job Points which carry vacancies in this area, around the UK and in Europe. You can also search online using the online database at www.gov.uk/jobsearch.
Employment Agencies are listed in the Yellow Pages (www.yell.com). You can register for temporary placements in a variety of sectors, which can sometimes turn into more permanent jobs. In the past students have worked in offices, factories, care homes, warehouses, catering and cleaning although many more opportunities could be available.
Many part-time jobs are never advertised and come through developing your own contacts, so let people around you – such as friends, flatmates and staff on your course, know you are looking.
Enquiring at the places you would like to work can also see results. Many employers such as supermarkets, bars, cafes and restaurants, gyms and shops often advertise on their own premises for staff, so keep your eyes open.
Using your existing skills and interests
Think about your current skills – are there any ways you can use specialist skills to supplement your other income by setting up your own business or freelancing?
In the past students have worked as DJs, offered IT services, designed and produced wedding stationery for friends, traded on Ebay, written for websites, sold their own art/craftwork at craft fairs and markets, proofread and offered private tutoring. Think about what you can offer and place adverts on free-to-advertise sites such as Gumtree.
Care and health care work
Many charitable and voluntary sector organisations don’t advertise short term or casual opportunities in the press so check out their website or make a direct approach by phoning their office to ask about bank or casual staff. Contact details can be found at www.yell.com under ‘charitable and voluntary organisations’, ‘healthcare’ and ‘care agencies’.
Both the Morecambe Bay Trust and the Cumberland Infirmary advertise vacancies for bank staff, which includes opportunities for health care assistants. See www.jobs.nhs.uk for further details. For opportunities in Cumbria Primary Care Trust contact the appropriate Locality Manager.
Worthwhile in itself for all the same reasons as part-time work, volunteering of course is unpaid; however you may be able to claim any out-of-pocket expenses such as transport and meals. Additional benefits include free training such as coaching and first aid qualifications as well as the chance to further develop your skills. Starting as a volunteer can often be a way into paid work in the social care and voluntary sectors.
You can find out more by visiting www.ucsu.me/volunteering or www.do-it.org.uk. You can also read our post about volunteering here.
University Careers Service
The careers Service offers advice and guidance on finding work, approaching local employers, writing CVs and application forms and going for interviews. For further information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment at the LiSS desk in the library.