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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.


'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.

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.

Working abroad

KU Talent have a subscription to a 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.
• Entry Park have listings of international opportunities for internships, graduate schemes and graduate direct entry roles.

Unpaid experience

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


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.

To be successful as a freelancer you must be very self-reliant and motivated, as well as flexible in your approach to work.

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

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.



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