It’s the question we get asked the most between now and Christmas: how do I find part-time work? So here are my hints and tips about how to find a job for when you are studying at QMUL.
So there are a few places you can look for work on campus:
QMSU – the Students’ Union is responsible for the hiring of students in the cafes, the gym, shops, Drapers Bar etc.
HR department – this is where you’ll find jobs in the library, IT department and any office/admin roles that might be suitable for students.
QTemps – for temporary work on campus (and a lot of interesting roles off campus too). These roles are specifically for QMUL students.
Now, while everyone would prefer a job where they can role out of bed at 1pm and be in work in 5 minutes, you need to bear in mind that there are thousands of students at QMUL who want part-time work and only a limited number of jobs in the Library, cafes etc. So to have the best chance of securing work you need to look off-campus too.
The great thing is that you will be living in London where there are literally hundreds of jobs available if you know where to look. Firstly, everyone should check out Job Online which is our jobs board and at the last count had over 2,240 jobs on it, both full and part-time.
It takes 4 minutes on the tube from Mile End to Stratford where there is a very large shopping complex with lots of retail outlets, restaurants and coffee shops. It also takes about 20 minutes from Mile End to Oxford Street and all the shops there. Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street are each less than 15 minutes away, giving access to a variety of office/admin/secretarial jobs.
Think Outside the Box
Having spent almost ten years as a student (don’t ask!) I’ve had a lot of part-time jobs in my time. I’ve worked in Next, HSamuels, Debenhams, Marks and Spencers, French Connection and Waterstones. I’ve also worked in a night club, two call centres, been a tutor, done temp bar and waitressing work in hotels, race courses and football stadiums. I’ve even been one of those people in the toilets in a bar who give you perfume and sweets (again, don’t ask!)
My point is, if you really need to work to support yourself during you studies, think outside of the box. Some jobs may not be particularly glamorous, but the hours are flexible and the pay is relatively good. Also have a think: do you have any skills or experience that somebody might want to pay you to learn? In which case, you could may be able to freelance as a tutor/writer/fitness instructor/musician. And if you’re not sure about how to go about freelancing, you can always have a chat with us.
Just be careful about avoiding any scams. Basically, if anything looks to good to be true it probably isn’t!
Timing is Everything
As we come up to Christmas, shops, restaurants and bars will all be looking to take on extra staff. And when I say Christmas period, big retailers can start their recruitment as early as October and keep you on until after the January sales. After January it would be harder to find retail roles because most places would have kept on any of the temp staff that they want to keep.
On the other hand, most offices will be winding down towards Christmas, and so won’t be looking to hire before then. But come the New Year when things start getting going again, people will start to think about any staffing issues they have.
Likewise, during the summer lots of tourist attractions take on extra staff as London becomes heaving with people coming to see the sights. The Christmas period won’t be so busy, but people will still be going to the theatre, to see pantomimes etc.
If you think carefully about the period in which you are looking for work and how this effects different sectors you can make your job hunting much more effective.
In part two I’ll be giving you some tips for when it comes to applying for a part-time job.
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