Student part time jobs are essential to earning extra cash all around the UK whether you are at college or university in the major cities such as London, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol or any other part of the UK.
Because of the nature of part time and temporary positions the recruitment process is shorter and less stressful than if you were applying for a full-time vacancy. However, all prospective employers will want to see your curriculum vitae (CV) to see what qualifications and practical experience you already have.
Most part time jobs will suit your own circumstances so you can work in the evenings and weekends and possibly when you don't have lesson time. Most work is likely to be available in the hospitality industry such as football clubs, race courses, and rugby clubs but general bar work is also abundant.
Most companies will not require formal qualifications but will look for trustworthy people as the handling of cash is mostly involved especially with waiting and bar staff. Most will ask if you have worked in a similar environment before but generally training will be provided.
Companies will mostly want people who are willing to work hard, are polite to their peers and customers and are of smart appearance as you will be working in a team environment and be customer facing so good spoken English is also a must. You will, of course, need to be punctual and show up to work at the time requested.
Below are some recent employer adverts for part-time jobs around the UK and the pay offered for the role.
|Employer||Role Description||Average Pay|
|Lords Cricket Ground||Bar/Catering/Hospitality||£8 an hour|
|EPCRS||Brochure/Catalogue Distributor||£80-160 per week|
|Team Members||£7.75/ hour|
|itsu||Restaurant Waiting Staff||£80-160 per week|
|Tesco||Catering Assistant||£7.62 - 9.83 an hour|
|Pret-a-Manger||Team member||Up to £8.85 an hour|
|McDonalds||Team members||£5.60 - 7.50 an hour|
It's likely that most companies will pay you the minimum wage. This rate varies between £5.60 per hour for 18 to 20 year-olds, £7.05 for 21 and 24 year-olds, and £7.50 for 25 and above. Most event companies will also provide you with a uniform and probably pay for your meals while you're on duty.
Your university is likely to have local contact numbers but there are also a number of student job websites you can visit or some agencies will help you out. With the first two you'll need to do the legwork yourself by filling in personal details, attaching your CV with a cover letter with a recent photograph of yourself as some companies need that for security passes. One great jobs website is here. You should also prepare for the interview by practising your technique and interview questions a few days before you visit the company.
Events are a great way to earn extra income but also perhaps get to see a football match for free (OK, you will be required to work, but you will be able to savour the atmosphere and celebrate politely with your customers). You'll get a good grounding in serving people which should introduce you to excellent customer service.