20 August 2019
How to gain work experience while you're a student
I am in my final year now and I am so happy with where I am in terms of work experience. ARU has offered me so many opportunities that I am grateful for. Read more…
8 April 2019
Money and budgeting is a big aspect of university life and can be stressful. Part-time work can help you fund university and living costs, but it can also help you gain transferable skills which you can use in further studies or future prospects.
At Anglia Ruskin University, they have an Employment Bureau who offer services to help students find part-time work that fit in with their studies and schedules. This can be at the university itself, where you can apply to work at events such as; Open Days, Applicants Days and campus visits from schools and colleges. They also advertise vacancies for local external companies that are offering part time work for external events.
There is also a Student Ambassador Scheme, where you work alongside university staff members and students as part of the Schools and College Engagement Team. This opportunity allows you to visit your previous school and/or college and speak to up-coming students about university and student life. I’ve been a part of this team for several months and really enjoy meeting knew people and being able to help other students as they continue through to the next step of their journey with advice about university, applications and making the odd the joke!
The Student Union at Anglia Ruskin University also offer volunteering opportunities, where you can log all of your experiences and skills gained. Unfortunately this is not paid work, but the rewards of helping others and gaining interpersonal skills is invaluable.
As all of the campuses are city based, they are surrounded by local businesses and organisations that offer part time work for example retail, waitressing, bar work etc. This can be quite useful as the flexibility can fit alongside your studies e.g. weekends or evenings. Zero-hour contracts can be useful for those studying courses with placements included as this can be difficult to find and fit in work.
One thing I will mention is getting a good balance between studying, working but also having time for yourself!