For many students, working part-time during their studies is an essential way to support themselves financially. These roles are also a way of gaining a wide range of transferable skills and demonstrating your professionalism to future employers.
There is a wide variety of part-time jobs available for students. Opportunities exist across all industry sectors, including tutoring, care jobs, administrative/office work, marketing, advertising, PR, research as well as hospitality and retail.
The ABDN StudentJob Service has been set up to help students to secure part-time jobs and to support students who are already working part-time. Current vacancies are advertised on the University Careers and Employability Service’s CareerConnect system. Login with your university username and password. In CareerConnect you can opt to receive email alerts of new opportunities by going to My Profile/ Update Profile.
The University recommends that students work for no more than 15 hours per week. This is to help you to achieve the right balance between your studies, other commitments and the need to earn money to support yourself. If you are an International Student you must ensure you have the right to work. Contact the International Student Advisers for further guidance on firstname.lastname@example.org. Useful information is also provided by UKCISA.
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- Finding part-time work
- Take our mini career course to find out about the types of part time jobs available to you, where to find advertised opportunities and access the "hidden job market". The course should take around 15 minutes to complete.
- Hear from employers as they share their top tips on finding part-time work.
- Browse our recommended resources for finding part-time vacancies.
- Finding casual and vacation work
There are a wide range of jobs that you can do during a vacation, from working at a summer camp to taking a seasonal position in a hotel or restaurant. Even though it may not be what you want to do after graduation, these experiences will help you to develop valuable workplace skills. We advertise a lot of opportunities on CareerConnect but you could also do your own research. The link below will take you to a list of organisations offering international casual jobs.
- Making successful applications
Students often ask us if they should detail part-time work on their CV. The answer is “yes”. For example, a part-time role in a café or bar demonstrates a wide range of skills, such as developing experience in customer service, business awareness, teamwork and communication.
- Making the most of your experience
The ABDNConnect Experience Programme is a structured Pathway that will provide you with a set of skills reflection and development activities to complete whilst undertaking a volunteering, part-time or paid internship opportunity and have your participation recognised on your Enhanced Transcript.
You can also hear from employers as they share their advice on how to make the most of your part-time work experience.
- Student case studies
In this video, students at the University of Aberdeen talk about their experiences of working part-time alongside their studies:
You can also read how other students have benefited from working part-time