Part-time work is a reality of the life of many students. You might need a job out of necessity or want it to enrich your CV. Whatever your reasons are, part-time work might be a fulfilling experience. It doesn’t hurt that it adds to your monthly budget, too.
London is a place full of opportunities and LSE allows its students to work 15 hours per week during term time. Looking for jobs might be a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out these tips for finding a good part-time job.
What is your dream job?
London is buzzing with career opportunities. There is a wide selection of jobs in virtually any sector you can imagine.
Do you want to work in civil service? Consider a part-time job for an MP. Are you dreaming of a career in some of the leading FMCG companies? An assistant marketing position might help you to develop relevant skills. The list is endless, but it starts with the question: what do you want to do?
Ask yourself what you want to do after university. What skills do you want to develop? What experience might be useful? Look for jobs that will bring you closer to your future goals.
Use LSE CareerHub jobs search
Once you are registered as a student, you can access the LSE Careers service. Apart from a wide selection of events and helpful materials, it has a job search feature. It is very user-friendly as you can choose to look for part-time opportunities. The benefit of using it is that many opportunities are advertised specifically to LSE students. It’s definitely a good place to start your job search.
Look out for on-campus job listings
Being an LSE student means that you can find offers on campus, too. These jobs range from research assistant positions to marketing or administrative support and are all part-time, in line with the School’s regulations.
Many positions are offered exclusively to LSE students which means there is a yearly cycle of admissions. You can find most of these jobs via the LSE CareerHub. They might also be advertised via email by your department or your professors.
Restaurants, cafés, catering agencies…
The good news is that regardless of your skills and experience, you can always find a job in the catering industry. These positions are especially suitable for students as they are often flexible.
If flexibility is indeed your priority, as you don’t want to commit to working all weekends because you might have a party with your friends on Saturday or a quick tour outside of London, an agency might be a particularly great option for you. Agencies usually offer zero-hour contracts which means that you can book any shift you want, with no required minimum number of working hours per month. At an agency, you get to work mostly at events, so it is an amazing chance to see some of the most wonderful venues in London such as museums or palaces.
At the end of the day, remember that you’re primarily a student. Part-time work (and the search for it!) should be enriching you, not take away your focus and energy from your studies.