You’ve come to the UK to study but have you also considered working here? Many students at SGI decide to look for a part-time job while they are studying in London. They need to fit their work in around their studies so a position that offers flexibility is preferable; working as a shop assistant, bartender, waiter/waitress, chef, receptionist, au-pair or babysitter are popular options.
Such positions can be found online, by word-of-mouth or simply by handing out your CV directly to prospective employers. You should make sure your CV is up-to-date and accompanied by a cover letter that has been tailored to the position. Take a look at our recommendations for CV writing here!
So what can you gain from getting a part-time job? Here are 5 great reasons to take the plunge:
- You Can Improve Your English
Being exposed to a variety of accents and voices is great training for your listening skills and you will get to practice what you’ve learned in class in authentic situations.
- You Can Experience Local Culture
As an insider, you will be able to observe the dynamics and values of the organisation and how people relate to each other: these can be useful insights into your host culture and society.
- You Can Gain Work Experience
Getting a part-time job may look good on your CV, especially if you haven’t had a lot of work experience. Even if your job is not in the sector you eventually hope to work in, you may develop transferable skills such as leadership, communication and problem-solving.
- You Can Develop Independence
Working is the perfect opportunity to develop the essential life skills of money and time management.
- You Can Make Money
This is perhaps the most obvious benefit, especially for those students who absolutely have to work in order to make ends meet. London, in particular, is a notoriously expensive city.
So, if you think you can balance work and study, why not give it a go?
Do check your visa status rules about working in the UK before looking for work