Hello everyone! For this blog I thought I would talk about working while studying and specifically, working for the university.
Throughout the Edge Hill campus, there are a variety of job’s available to students in different areas of the university. The town and surrounding areas are also obviously viable places to apply for jobs and you should apply to lot’s of places if you are looking, but Edge Hill is especially good because of the rapport between you as a student and the university. Working for Edge Hill as a student might mean less issues brought up by holiday’s or getting paid the wrong amount etc that might occur within other workplaces.
There are a variety of roles on campus from traditional part-time physical rolesthat would involve working at the location week by week at whatever the task entails. This could be work within the Library, the sports centre or the SU bar. There are also more flexible roles such as working as a student ambassador or a student guide for open days. These roles may only be over certain days or weeks and can function as a good extra on top of your studies or any work you already have. The university also offers mainly online roles to apply for such as vlogging, blogging and online mentoring. These roles are primarily ones you can work at on your own time whenever you see fit, and offer great flexibility in choosing when and how long you want to work for, they are also great ways to subsidise your studies or another job.
Edge Hill does post vacancies throughout the year through its vacancies service for students which I will link below so keep checking if you are interested, but around the start of the year is when more vacancies will be posted so if you are a current or prospective student, make sure you are looking around then if you are interested as jobs here and off campus are in really high demand. I will leave a link to more information on jobs and the vacancy service as well if you are interested, and any questions just let me know and thanks for reading!
When making the choice to continue your education and pick a uni, one of the biggest things to make a difference is money. For me, I knew that if I wanted to go to university I would need to find a part-time job once I was there – and Edge Hill boasts a fantastic careers service which helped my decision to come to Edge Hill (as well as many, many other things – but we’ll get to those eventually!) and helped me get this job – writing for you as a Student Blogger.
The Careers Centre at Edge Hill is based on the ground floor of the Student Information Centre (SIC). Not only do they advertise on-campus jobs (such as being a Student Blogger, working in the SU and other shops on campus) but they also advertise local business vacancies for part-time, full-time and graduate jobs, so even before you’ve started uni, you can see that Edge Hill and the Careers team will be able to help once you’ve left in years to come.
As well as job searching, the Careers Centre can help with other employability queries, from help with CV writing, to arranging transferable skills workshops, and giving information about summer placements and internships. These resources can be accessed in a range of different ways such as: booking a confidential appointment with one of the Careers team, attending an event on different routes into your desired job, or by keeping in touch with the centre over their various social media platforms – which I will link below.
If getting a more formal part-time job isn’t what you’re looking for at uni, and you’d just like the occasional work shift – applying to be a Student Guide or to have your room open on Open Days throughout the year is a good way to make a few extra pennies for when the on-campus Subway calls your name. It’s a good idea to check with your department as well as they may have casual work hours available, such as working Front of House in the Arts Centre on performance nights.
University is not just useful for gaining a degree, it offers you support and opportunities to really make your CV stand out and give you a real edge when you graduate. However, it is up to you to take advantage of these opportunities and go out and find them. This can prove a bit difficult to get your head around, believe me, I’ve only just figured out how to make the most of the support I have at uni! So I thought for this week’s post I’d give you some tips on how to look for and take advantage of the wonderful prospects available to you.
Ask your personal tutor
Although universities have a wealth of opportunities you won’t just be handed them on a plate, you often have to express interest. Ask your personal tutor if they know of any work experience or other opportunities that are available for someone studying your degree or your particular area of interest. Once you express an interest in these activities your tutor will be in more of a position to help you.
Visit the careers centre
One of the best ways to find out about what experience you can gain is by visiting the careers centre. Edge Hill’s careers centre is located in the Student Information Centre (SIC). You can book an appointment with one of the career advisers using the careers centre link on the Edge Hill website. They can talk you through what you can do to gain experience and knowledge in your field. They can also help you optimise your CV and answer any other career-based questions you have.
Create your own opportunities
However, there’s nothing stopping you from creating your own opportunities. Want to be a writer? Start a literary magazine. Want to be an entrepreneur? Design a product to sell. Want to work in theatre? Do what my friends and I did and create your own theatre company. Your tutors are there for advice and support so you speak to them about your ideas and perhaps it’s easier than you think it is to do what you want to do.
Finishing University is the strangest feeling ever. I’m not a student any more, yet I’m not in full-time employment either. I’ve already mentioned that completing my degree has further reinforced my ambition, to become a child and family law solicitor, but this summer is a little bit busy for me to start applying for jobs just yet.
At the moment, I’m working part-time at my dance school that I’ve been with since I was 7, and have decided to take my teaching associate exams to qualify as a dance teacher in Ballroom, Latin and Freestyle. I’ve also started taking my driving lessons, with the aim to pass by September! And I’m going away on a surprise holiday with mum for my 21st soon, and then away with a group of girls down South for a weekend.
I’m taking the “sensible” option and just trying to better my CV and try and enhance myself as a person, so that when I am ready for a full-time job, I will be able to show them something different that makes me stand out.
I signed up to the careers centre at Edge Hill, where they email out jobs that fit your criteria, which is really helpful. I’ve been lucky enough to have been short-listed for one or two jobs, but the only problem being, is for immediate start, and therefore with regret I’ve had to decline. I only hope that when the time is right I will be able to get my job straight away! 🙂
Now that I’ve finished my studies it’s time to find a job. Right now pretty much every single relative I have feels the need to remind me of this fact whenever they see or speak to me, in fact I’m thinking about getting ‘still unemployed’ tattooed on my forehead to save time… But luckily I have a really handy resource at my fingertips, and that is the Edge Hill Careers Centre. They are able to help me with my job search for up to three years after I graduate, which is definitely useful. They also help you find any part-time work that you may be looking for alongside your studies, any volunteer work, or a summer job to keep you entertained over the holidays. I actually used their online vacancy system to find this job a few years ago!
So how can they help? Well, they have a big database of jobs that they update all the time, and you are free to browse it at your leisure. They also offer a CV checking service where they will look over your CV and let you know if there is anything you can do to improve it. I used this service and it was definitely reassuring to know that my CV wasn’t a complete disaster! The Careers Centre also offer interview advice, and you are able to book a meeting with them and they will do their best to help you prepare for anything the interviewer might throw at you.
They also offer careers advise which can also be really useful. If you’re not sure what careers your degree can open up doors for, or if you’re unsure that you’ve chosen the right course, it’s definitely worth having a chat with them, which is of course confidential. I definitely got to a point in my degree where I felt like I wasn’t really sure what I was working towards any more, and I think this would have been a lot of help.
The Careers Centre can also help you meet employers, as they are always holding events, such as careers fairs and arranging for visiting speakers to come in. These really give you the opportunity to make connections that may one day lead to employment.
If you want to find out more, you can do so on the Edge Hill website here.
One of the services available at Edge Hill that I’ve used a lot is the Careers Centre. If you’re thinking of getting a job whilst you’re at university, over the holidays, or even after you graduate, the Careers Centre can be really useful. They advertise loads of vacancies for all kinds of jobs, all accessible by the online vacancy system which you can browse at your leisure. I’ve used this to find a few temporary jobs and have been so grateful just to have everything in one place. It’s really easy to use and gives you all the information that you need.
They don’t only advertise jobs, however. Their team of advisers are always available if you need to chat about anything, for example, if you wanted some advice about what kinds of careers your degree opens doors for, or what you can do to help you prepare to get your dream job. They will also check over your CV or job application with you, to make sure you’re doing everything possible to sell yourself to employers.
In addition, Edge Hill holds careers fairs where loads of potential employers are invited on to campus. This is a great chance to learn about different careers and network, meaning you have contacts should you need them in the future.
Edge Hill also really encourages volunteering, whether it’s to give back to the community or to act as a route in to employment. There’s always volunteering vacancies being advertised on the online vacancy page, so if it’s something you’re interested in it will be really easy to find an opportunity.
Offering all of this is where I feel Edge Hill’s Careers Centre really goes above and beyond what is required and is just fantastic at supporting us students. The Careers Centre is a service I know that I’m very lucky to have access to and I plan to carry on making the most of it when I am looking for my first graduate job.
One of the things I have begun to do recently is research postgraduate courses which carry the Master title. This is because although I’m still a 2nd year psychology student until I re-en-roll online in september, the end of third year will arrive quicker than I think. When it comes to what students want to do after graduation many don’t have any clue as to what they want to do. Being a psychology student I, ideally would like to become a psychologist who specifies in health psychology (this is the area of psychology where my passions lie). So I’ve been looking up what universities to do MSc courses in health psychology, what their entry requirements are, whether they’re taught or research based courses, how much they’ll cost in tuition fees and more importantly whether they’re accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS).
In order for me to become a practicing health psychologists there are certain requirements I must meet in order to do this, and one of these is having both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree that are both accredited by the BPS. So far I’ve found the following universities which to do accredited health psychology MSc’s.
The University of Hull
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
Liverpool John Moores
I’ve also found a health and clinical psychology degree at the University of Manchester but this isn’t accredited. My plan is to have a one-to-one interview with the careers service at Edge Hill University and discuss my plans with them. I shall then take on their advice and potentially order prospectuses for these institutions and begin visiting them to gain a better insight into their health psychology courses. Whatever happens I’ll shall keep you all informed.