Wondering how to make a bit of extra cash at uni? Getting a job as a student is a great way for you to boost your budget and get valuable work experience at the same time.
But remember, your degree comes first and your job should support your learning and living. Be realistic about the hours you can do, and be clear about this with your employer from the start. With that in mind, here are our tips on finding the kind of job flexible enough to work for you while you study.
Create a great CV
Employers swim in a sea of CVs, so make sure yours is one of the good ones. Here are some of our CV writing top tips:
- It might sound obvious, but make sure your spelling and grammar is perfect – otherwise your CV will probably go straight to the bottom of the pile.
- Keep it brief. You need to sum up your grades, work experience and interests in no more than two pages. Long paragraphs are hard to read, so format your CV with plenty of white space.
- Use headings to make your CV ‘scannable’ – with different sections for grades, relevant experience and interests.
- Put the most relevant information first and to tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for where you can. Research the company online and study the job specification.
Start your search early
Don’t wait until you get to university to start your search. Everyone will have the same idea – meaning employers will be flooded with hundreds of CVs and application forms at the start of term. Get ahead of the crowd and apply early.
If you work for a big retail chain chain at home, ask your manager about transferring to a branch in your university town. After that, getting on the rota at home or university will be much easier.There’s nothing wrong with a speculative application, too. If you see something you like, send your CV in. You might be able to set up an interview in time for the start of term.
Where to look
Search for internships and jobs on sites like Indeed and networks like LinkedIn. You can also use temp agencies to find temporary work during the holidays.
But don’t limit your search to the digital world. If you want to work somewhere, walk into the store and ask for an application form. If the floor staff can’t help, ask for a supervisor or manager
Get relevant experience with an internship
Think about the kind of jobs you want to do after university. Search for relevant companies in your university town, and contact them to see if they have any established programmes.
Internships are a great way of getting industry experience and making important contacts. You could also earn some money, depending on which internship you apply for. If you can’t find a term-time internship, there are summer ones too. To find the one for you, you could use a site like Rate My Placement
Work for your university
Universities know all about student life – meaning they understand your need to study and offer flexible student jobs. Your student union will advertise an array of jobs, so ask around to find the latest vacancies.
Get flexible work online
There are plenty of online jobs for students – doing anything from software development to design. Sites like Upwork and Freelancer allow you to find flexible, freelance work and you’ll get paid to grow your portfolio. Jobs – big and small – are posted on the site, and you can bid to win the work. Why not use your summer to take some smaller jobs first, so you can start to build up your reputation?