How to find a job as a student?

Finding a decent student job in the United Kingdom is not easy however as there are a lot of part-time job opportunities available it is not impossible. Students in the first years are looking for a job usually because they need money that’s why the bar and retail jobs are so popular for them. However after a couple of years they recognize that they can progress and gain work experience and they are looking for another job.

International students have to find out whether they can work during their studies in the UK or not. They have to contact the UK Council for International Student Affairs for more information. Usually if you have a Tier 4 General visa you can do some work during your studies. If you have a Tier 4 Child student visa and you are aged 16 or older you can work up to 10 hours a week. Unfortunately you can’t take a gap year to work full time as if you defer your studies for a year you have to leave the UK for that period.

If you are coming to the UK to study and looking for a job it is useful to contact the careers service of your school but it is not the only way. They can give you advice on how the job market works in the UK and on how to write your CV and covering letter to meet the requirements of UK employers. It is also good to search for vacancies on LinkedIn (the ‘hidden job market’). These are the most popular forms of student jobs in the UK:

  • Tutoring: it means that you are helping others to learn from you. It is not the easiest form of earning money but you can start with it. It is also a good feeling if you see people progressing.
  • Internships: these positions are usually temporary and could be paid or unpaid. As an intern you can gain work experience and build relationships that could be useful in the future.

Here are some good tips on how to write your CV if you want to apply for a job in the UK:

  • Don’t put your picture on it
  • Don’t put your date of birth on it
  • Don’t put your nationality, religion, political views on it
  • Have at least two references on it
  • Be clear and personalise your CV for the job you want to apply for
  • Start with your most recent education and work experience

Here is a list of useful websites where you can search for vacancies for students in the UK:

  • student-jobs.co.uk
  • studentjob.co.uk
  • foreignstudents.com
  • e4s.co.uk
  • thestudentroom.co.uk
  • savethestudent.org
  • milkround.com
  • gumtree.com