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Part-time and temporary roles

Part-time work can be defined as working less than a full-time job of 35 hours per week. The University recommends that full-time students work no more than 15 hours per week, to ensure that they maintain a healthy balance between their work and studies.

There are many different types of part-time work, which range from temporary and seasonal contracts to regular part-time hours and 'zero hours' contracts. These types of contracts are great for students as they offer a flexible way of working.

Part-time work is a really important element when it comes to being a university student. Not only does it help with funding, but it can really help to contribute to your employability skills and experience when it comes to seeking full-time employment after graduation.

Where to look

The Jobs Central advertises many part time roles and we can help you to gain employment alongside your studies. As well as part-time or temporary work, you can also get involved with volunteering and work experience.

Although Jobs Central has got a great variety of roles throughout the year, we know it's not the 'be all and end all'. There are plenty of other places to search for part time and temporary employment. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • We run a jobs fair for part-time and temporary work at the beginning of term (early October). It's a great way to meet lots of different employers at the same time, plus they come with real jobs to recruit students.
  • We bring recruiting employers on to the campus throughout the year, looking to hire students. Keep an eye on your emails for updates about employers on campus.
  • Don't forget your local newspapers – they always have a wealth of roles.
  • Shop windows – don't underestimate the power of going in and creating a good first impression.


'Internship' is a funny word that people and companies throw around a lot. When we talk about internships, we usually mean paid, short-term work experience placements which usually give you a structured programme for learning things 'on the job'. Bear in mind that some internships are unpaid.

Where to look

Jobs Central only advertises paid internships. The length of the internships advertised vary, as well as the types of companies advertising.

There are lots of other 'internship' websites out there. Most offer a mixture of paid and unpaid experiences so just be careful of what you are applying for and what you can afford to do! Make sure you strike a balance between the experience you will gain and the money you will earn.

Industrial placements

If you are thinking about taking a year out from your studies to do an industrial placement, you may be able to do this as part of your course. To find out more, contact your faculty employability consultant.

Where to look

Full-time and graduate roles

This type of job is usually a full-time role, which can require a graduate level degree or the equivalent in experience. Remember, there are lots of different types of roles that can relate to your field, so just because you've studied, for example, biomedical science, this doesn't mean you are tied to working in a lab. To find out more, contact your faculty employability consultant.

Where to look

Jobs Central advertises graduate-level direct entry roles and full-time roles.

There are some great generic graduate job sites around. Here are some to get you going:

Remember not to just restrict your search to online. Have a think about exploring some of the other options:

  • Identify any professional bodies related to your subject or the industry you would like to work in. Check their website for jobs and also any events they may be running. Networking is a crucial tool to job search and it's a great way to meet people from the industry.
  • Identify any trade journals related to your subject or the industry you would like to work in. If you need help with identifying these, contact your faculty employability consultant.

Although we work on lots of different levels with recruitment agencies, it's difficult for us to endorse particular agencies in each subject area covered at the University. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has an excellent resource to search for agencies in your particular field.

Graduate training schemes

A graduate training scheme is an excellent way to jump-start your career. They can take many formats depending on the employer, but usually allow graduates to experience many aspects of both the role and the organisation as a whole in a structured programme. Formal graduate training schemes generally last approximately one year, although it can be longer – again it depends on the specific employer programme. Schemes are usually a combination of 'on-the-job' and possibly formal residential training programmes.

Where to look

Jobs Central advertises graduate training schemes and we help you to identify and apply for these.

We've listed some good general places to look for graduate schemes below:

It can also be useful to attend some of the large scale recruitment fair events to get the ball rolling. Here you can meet lots of different companies all at one time, see which companies have relevant schemes for you – and sometimes even get some free stuff!

Working abroad

Working abroad can be a scary but exciting experience. Whether you go for a few months or years or decide to make a permanent move to a country, it's really important that you choose wisely. We have a subscription to a great resource called Going Global. This website gives you all the information you will need to research into the different countries, as well as giving you an idea of the associated things you need to organise – visas, CVs and interview etiquette for the country. Prospects also have a comprehensive section on working abroad and have country profiles on lots of different countries.

Have a think about the following things when you start looking for work abroad:

  • Look at international companies based in the UK who have branches in the country of choice.
  • Check visa and work permit requirements for the country.
  • Make sure your applications, CVs and interview styles are in-line with the rules of etiquette for that particular country.

Here are some other resources for searching for jobs in other countries:

  • LinkedIn
  • Research international companies – they often have offices worldwide
  • Entry Park have listings of international opportunities for internships, graduate schemes and graduate direct entry roles.
  • Research into recruitment agencies for your target country / area – remember the same rules apply, try to keep it specific to your industry. Remember there are also some recruitment agencies based in the UK who recruit for international roles.
  • Research into any 'skills gaps' that might be occurring in particular countries and your specialism. Make sure you use industry resources to keep track on your area worldwide.

Unpaid experience

Unpaid work experience can often be a really great way to gain experience of the sector or environment you are interested in.


This section focuses on working as a freelancer or contractor, working independently with your own clients and for more than one company, and will not cover how to setup a business.

Sustaining a career as a freelancer requires a particular type of person and mindset, compared to the usual '9–5' type job. For lots of people, freelancing doesn't always fit. For some people, self-employment is a lifestyle choice and for others it is sometimes the only option if you wish to go down a specific career path such as journalism, the performing arts and certain other professions.

So, to be successful as a freelancer you must be very self-reliant and motivated, as well as flexible in your approach to work. Some clients will expect you to take a project and work from home, some will require you to work from their offices and some may require you to travel. You also, of course, need to have strong communication skills, so you can network effectively to seek out new projects as the old ones are closing.

There is some great advice on the Creative Agency Freelancing website.

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