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Jia

March 27th, 2024

Unlocking opportunities at LSE: exploring part-time work for undergraduate students

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Jia

March 27th, 2024

Unlocking opportunities at LSE: exploring part-time work for undergraduate students

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Being an undergraduate student at LSE is undoubtedly a rewarding experience, but the financial challenges of student life can be demanding. Many students explore the option of part-time work to support themselves. This blog post will delve into the intricacies of working part-time at LSE: exploring job opportunities, limitations, and some of my personal insights on how to strike the right balance.

LSE has specific guidelines regarding part-time work during term time; you’re allowed a maximum of 15 hours per week to ensure you can prioritise your studies. However, during vacations, full-time work is permitted, subject to visa conditions for international students.

Navigating the part-time jobs available at LSE is made easier through platforms, like LSE Career Hub, LSE Jobs, LSE Student Union jobs, and LSE Widening Participation (WP) student vacancies. The majority of part-time jobs are advertised between September and November, so keeping a vigilant eye on these platforms is crucial.

A unique aspect of part-time work at LSE is the range of opportunities available. Most jobs offer competitive pay and flexible schedules, allowing you to prioritise your studies. Common roles include LSE Student Ambassadors and THRIVE Mentors, with hourly rates over £15. It’s important to note that on-campus positions are highly sought after, making the job market highly competitive!

Successfully managing part-time work alongside full-time studies requires effective time allocation. It’s essential to prioritise your coursework, lectures, and classes, and then dedicate your free time to additional responsibilities, such as writing blogs.

So what are the benefits and drawbacks of working as part-time students?

Benefits

  • Flexibility – part-time jobs at LSE often offer flexible schedules, enabling you to balance work and studies.
  • Good pay – many roles provide competitive pay rates, easing the financial burden of student life.

Drawbacks

  • High competition for roles – the popularity of on-campus positions means competition is fierce, necessitating you to stand out in the application process.

As an LSE student blogger, my journey has been about enjoying work, sharing my life in London and at LSE, and earning a living whilst maintaining a balance between my work and academic commitments. This experience has allowed me to navigate the challenges of student life successfully.

Working part-time as an undergraduate student at LSE is not only a financial necessity but also an enriching experience. For me, I’m fully grateful for the job that enables me to enjoy my university life in a unique way. Navigating the guidelines, exploring opportunities, and finding the right balance can contribute to a rewarding and fulfilling student life. As I share my personal journey, I hope this blog provides valuable insights for current and prospective LSE students considering part-time work.

About the author

Jia

I'm a first-year student of BSc Environment and Sustainable Development with Economics at LSE. I'm on an exciting journey to explore the vibrant and enriching LSE study life, and I'm eager to share the joy of this experience with you. My interests extend beyond academics; I'm passionate about traveling and savouring diverse cuisines. If you find my content intriguing or simply wish to engage in a friendly conversation, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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