It can be a great idea to try and get a part time job while studying to earn some extra money and gain skills and work experience. It also shows to potential employers that you’re productive and good at managing your time.
Although I don’t have one now as I want to concentrate more on my studies in my final year, in second year I worked part time at the Leicester Tigers rugby stadium. This was great as it was zero hours contract so I wasn’t committed to anything – they would simply send a text about work coming up at the weekend and you could say yes or no. This meant that it didn’t get in the way of anything and I was able to keep going to netball training on a Sunday.
I worked in the hospitality bar which meant shifts were mostly all day/into the evening, but if you work in retail then the shifts are just for the duration of the match. It’s fairly easy work and also convenient to get to from the Clarendon park area. The only downside was that the pay was pretty basic (around £5 an hour). It was easy to apply for online and you don’t need any experience to get accepted.
Other places to look for a part time job:
Leicester City Football Club offers similar hospitality and retail roles and provides a zero hour contract.
The university of Leicester campus has plenty of jobs on offer in the campus cafes, shops, O2 etc.
If you work for the Students Union then there will be a maximum number of hour you can work per week as they respect your studies.
There is an employment agency in the university, in Charles Wilson building, called Unitemps which can help you find work. You just need to register first:
You could also become a Leicester Ambassador and be involved with open days, tours of the campus and promoting the university (however final year or post graduate student are not able to apply).
Other places to look for work are bars, shops and restaurants in the city centre or on Queens Road. Most of them will advertise positions on their websites, or you can go in person and hand out your CV. There will be plenty of opportunities – just remember not to take on too much so that you still have time for your studies!
Happy job hunting 🙂