I found myself a part time job in France. Finding a part time job is very important to me because since getting my first job at age 17, I have never been unemployed. Even before starting university in Leicester, I made sure that I secured a part time job. My first time visiting Leicester was to attend a job interview. By the end of second year, I had 3 part time jobs in Leicester and a full time holiday job at home in London. Being employed is crucial to me especially since I’m not doing a vocational degree such as medicine, engineering or accountancy who are pretty much guaranteed a job. With an English and History BA it’s all about the skills and experience that I can contribute to a company and as an undergraduate I make sure that I am always employed in different fields in order to get as much experience as possible. Apart from the skills, part time jobs are also a very good source of income and hopefully I will be able to travel with the money that I’ll be making in Strasbourg.
The University of Leicester is very good with providing part time jobs through Unitemps and the Students Union. You can work in the library, the cafes, the Union Shop, Starbucks, the Union Dinner and much more. Leicester as a city itself is also good with providing jobs as you can get jobs in High Cross and in other shops, restaurants and cafes in city centre.
My new job in France is as an English language instructor. I will be teaching English part time to children in Strasbourg and I will be assigned to a family. The job is pretty amazing because they offer a phone contract, a bicycle (which I can’t ride), salary of €10 to €16 an hour, help with opening a bank account and it’s an English company. I can’t wait to start! After the Skype interview I was very excited about the job and what I’ll be doing and the guided structure and support that the company Babylangues provides to it’s instructors. The company works with students and are very flexible with working hours as they understand that our main focus should be on our degrees. They even provide a Facebook group where you can meet other language instructors in your area and meet up with them and share ideas . That way I know that I’ll have some English speaking friends in a foreign country, others who are going through the same experience as me.