As the ‘student season’ starts every fall, countless talented students are looking for work in this great city of London. There are always part-time jobs available and businesses everywhere have tapped into the student population for a cheap workforce.
When students attend University, they come from all works of life studying any number of things. The student population is far more sophisticated than those students of two generations ago. They are sure of themselves and carry a confidence with them that was less known in generations prior.
One that thing that does change however are the questions on every student’s mind.
Where is the nearest pub?
Where can I go out for night?
How do I get groceries?
Where is the nearest museum?
How do I find the library?
All very reasonable questions for a student in a big city. But all answers are very accessible to most everyone nowadays. It’s called the Internet. Only the biggest source of information on the planet. But the questions that are harder to answer that students have is how can I find part-time work?
While students are attending university, they need money to support themselves. So, what are the best sources for those types of jobs? Fear not, we are here to help.
Yes, this may seem trivial, but students need their money above all, especially in modern-day London. This means that the time has come for us to shed some light on the answer.
Are foreign students able to get part-time jobs in London? The short answer is it depends on the university chosen.
This is the official stance on it. A student will only be allowed to work in the UK if his or her university is listed in both the list of ‘recognized awarding bodies’ and the official UKVI Sponsor list.
Unfortunately, if the university of choice is not on the list or only on one of the lists then unfortunately, those students will be denied the opportunity to work in the U.K.
There are also additional limitations such as:
One bright spot to all this is the fact that students from EU member countries have no restrictions it is only those from outside EU that have to abide by these additional conditions.
Life After Graduation
While finding a job part-time or not following graduation is a bit less challenging than while attending school it still requires a bit of strategy and preparation. Why, you ask? Well, because there are five different types of work visas. Which one is the right one? It all depends on the individual’s goals.
What’s The Next Step?
Being allowed to work in the UK is not the same as having a good job. We understand. So, where to look. How do I find good jobs paying a good wage?
There are several online resources that students can rely upon:
Let The Hunt Begin
The hunt is indeed the stage where most students lack the most experience. They haven’t been out on the market looking for all that long and lack interviewing experience as well as CV or resume writing experience.
As for the CV or resume design. Keep it simple. It doesn’t have to be bright, creative, or flashy. While some students might think offering a unique touch will get them ahead of their competition in fact it will do the opposite.
Why, you ask?
Think about it.
Potential employers are looking through hundreds of resumes each and every day and have established routines on how they perform these duties. For instance, if they are looking through work experience and are used to finding it below personal details and it isn’t there because a student wanted to make it a unique layout, this will throw off their system. This will impact their feeling toward a particular resume in a negative way and more than likely cause them to not even consider the applicant.
While that addresses the CV and resume, we now need to talk about the applicants looks. No, not your nose or your chin, unfortunately your parents have cursed you with those. No, I’m talking about how you dress. You are coming for a job interview on someone else’s turf. They are not interested in how you’ve managed to weave your lint collection into braids or that you have a necklace with a vial of toenail clippings you wear around your neck. While those things make you unique—and likely deranged—please leave them at home. We are not asking applicants to rent a tux or wear a monocle but applicants should consider smart-casual their lane and avoid straying from said lane.
Make sure to follow up after the interview and maintain contact until the position is filled.