Part-time work is likely to be something most students think about, whether it's to earn money or gain experience (or both). At ARU we have the help of the Employment Bureau, which has helped me find part-time work that fits my schedule.
The work can be at the University itself, where you can apply to work at events such as open days, applicant days and campus visits from schools and colleges. But they also advertise vacancies for graduates, and opportunities at local companies that are offering part-time work.
The Employment Bureau also provides useful services on job searches and applications. They offer mock interviews for students and they can give guidance on the interview process. CV planning is also offered if you’re struggling on where to begin, or just not sure on the best way to write about your recent experience.
The staff members are all really friendly and approachable. They can answer any questions you have about job vacancies, payslips, and organising an appointment with their career advisors. You can find the Employment Bureau in Marconi (ground floor) in Chelmsford or HEL 073 in Cambridge, and they're open Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm.
I stumbled across the Student Ambassador scheme through the ARU app. This scheme sees you work alongside University staff and other students as part of the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team. The opportunity allowed me to visit my previous college, as well as other local schools and colleges where I spoke to students about university and student life.
I’ve been a part of this team for over a year now and really enjoy meeting new people and being able to help other students with advice about university and applications. I have found this part-time work fits in well with my timetable, allowing me to work in between my studies and midwifery placement shifts.
As all of the ARU campuses are city-based, they are surrounded by local businesses and organisations that offer part-time work, for example retail, waitressing and bar work. This can be quite useful as the flexibility can 'fit' alongside your studies eg weekends or evenings. Low-hour contracts can be useful for those studying courses which have placements included, like me, as it can be difficult to find and fit in work.
One bit of advice from me? Do your research beforehand and see how a part-time job will fit in with your studies and hobbies. Don’t forget to have a good balance between studying, working, and having time for yourself.
As well as part-time work through our Employment Bureau, we also offer careers advice and preparation, placement years, volunteering opportunities, support for start-ups and more. Read about careers and employability support at ARU.