Career Money

Increasing your income with a part time job

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Written by Anna Lomas, Careers Manager (Operations, Graduate & Student Development) and Careers Lead for Welcome, Induction and Transition

With everything getting more expensive, we know students are more interested than ever in exploring part-time job options whilst they study. The good news is that with the University of Manchester being such a large institution at the heart of such a vibrant city, there are lots of opportunities to do this.

Register with CareerConnect and the SU Job Shop

As a University of Manchester student, you will be able to access CareerConnect from the Careers Service, where new part-time vacancies are posted daily. Many roles are based in and around the city, but some may even be completed remotely, opening up more possibilities. The Students’ Union also runs a Jobshop, who frequently advertise part-time positions.

On campus opportunities

Many students are keen to find on campus, part-time opportunities. Although there aren’t as many as off campus vacancies, there are still many different roles including supporting our catering outlets, working in the Students’ Union, Library or Halls of Residence, events staff, campus ambassador positions and even supporting academic and other University departments. These vacancies will usually be posted on CareerConnect and the Students’ Union Jobshop. We would also encourage you to ask University staff in any area you’d be interested in working, as there may be roles that aren’t advertised.

Contacting businesses directly

It might seem obvious, but focussing on the shops, bars and restaurants located close to Halls/Fallowfield or the University/City Centre itself is a safe bet. Take a look on Google Maps and you’ll find there are lots nearby! We advise that students only commit to working a maximum of 15 hours a week whilst you’re studying.

Support with your CV

One thing you can do now to get yourself ready is prepare your CV.  You may be asked to provide one for some part-time roles. On the Careers Service website you’ll find pages of advice about CVs, together with examples and templates which you can simply download and use.

Further help

Not only can the Careers Service help you find a part-time job but we can help you understand how working whilst a student will widen your skillset and how to present your experience in applications etc.  In fact we’re here to help all students with anything Careers related  – whether that is finding work experience and internships, understanding graduate schemes, helping you explore your options after you leave the University of Manchester, preparing for interviews and so much more. 

We’re in the Atrium, 1st Floor University Place (Mon – Fri); online 24/7 at manchester.ac.uk/careers or on Social @uomcareers

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