In addition to my studies, I also have a part-time job. I work in office administration; the hours vary but average 5 to 10 hours a week involving 2 shifts per week.
Living in London offers plenty of opportunities to find part time work, especially in hospitality and retail. Queen Mary is located right near large shopping areas such as Stratford Westfield City and Oxford Circus. Jobs on campus also provide a great option for example in the cafes and shops located on campus. The location is convenient, the hours are flexible and your employer understands that you are a university student so you also need time to study.
A hospitality or retail job may not seem directly related to your future career aspirations but many ‘transferable skills’ are built through these jobs, providing a great opportunity to enhance your CV. For example, for Economics and Finance students many banks, consultancies and accountancy firms require their employees to engage with clients regularly so customer service experience is highly valued. Several firms even require customer service or sales experience as a pre-requisite for applying.
The opportunity to earn some extra spending money is great and can help you become even more independent. Just remember that you are still a student, so you still have coursework, readings, exams etc. so make sure your employer knows you are studying and are only available for limited hours per week. If working during semester doesn’t sound appealing, the summer break provides a great opportunity to pick up some work experience without the stress of study as well.
The Careers Service at Queen Mary is extremely friendly and helpful and can offer advice for finding part time work, in addition to helping with graduate careers.