All You Need To Know About Student Jobs.
“If you’ve decided that you do in fact have the time to commit to a job at university, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities!”
As a student blogger on this platform, I have helped out at several of Warwick’s recent virtual open days. Some of the most common questions we received were related to employment at university.
“What opportunities are there?”
“Do you have the time to study and work?”
“Would you recommend it?”
Hopefully, this post will provide you with the information you need to decide on employment at Warwick University.
I find that the issue of time is hugely dependent on your course. For example, as a history student, I have minimal contact hours (no more than ten a week) so, in theory, I have a substantial amount of time to dedicate to a job. Having said that, all courses have independent work to carry out which should be taken into account. In the end, it is very much up to you to decide if you have the time for a job alongside studying.
If you’ve decided that you do in fact have the time to commit to a job at university, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities! Ranging in flexibility and location, there’s sure to be something for you.
University – the university itself offers several employment opportunities, most of which are best suited for student life. For example, student bloggers are employed to help with marketing for the uni and it is hugely flexible. Similarly, there is the Warwick Welcome Service, where students are only required to work any Open Days, but can pick and choose other events that they work. Food and drink outlets around campus, as well as the library, also employ students and are more aware of student timetables and term-time than employers outside of the university.
Unitemps – Unitemps has branches at many universities and advertise both temporary and more long term employment opportunities for students. For example, you could be paid to be a live model for biology exams! This is also where student bloggers and the like submit their timesheets to get paid.
Surrounding Areas – businesses in Coventry, Kenilworth, and Leamington are all aware of the large student population and will often have jobs available. They may not be as flexible as university-based jobs. I have known people to work in shops and café’s and found it possible to still keep up with studies though, so I wouldn’t rule it out.
There are definitely pros and cons of having a job at uni, which can of course change depending on what that job is. The pros include having more experience to put on your CV and a chance to develop skills outside of the academic sphere. It can also never be a bad thing to have a little extra spending money. However, you do need to balance this against losing time to socialise and study, which is what you’re paying to be at uni for at the end of the day.
Overall, it’s very much up to the individual. But if a job is something you want or need I would recommend starting with jobs based at the university that give the most flexibility, before turning to external employers.
I hope that this post has been of some use to you! I know that before I came to university I was convinced I would have no money to spend on anything beyond food. I wholly recognise my privilege in that I didn’t have to worry in the end and the job I have is for enjoyment and a creative outlet more than anything. But rest assured there will be something for you!
Until next time