Finding Part-time Work…On Campus!

Before I started my degree, I was working full-time. As I live with my boyfriend and not with family I have to support myself independently, so at an absolute minimum, I knew one part-time job would be necessary to get me through my degree.

I now work as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities and the shifts fit around my studies perfectly, not to mention the fact that it’s one of the most rewarding roles in the world! However, from time to time I find myself missing the creativity of my old career in marketing and I often find myself needing an extra injection of cash when the student loan runs low. So, I work for Edge Hill!

That’s right, there are opportunities for students to work in all kinds of roles all over our beautiful campus – even if you don’t live in halls. I work as Digital Content Assistant, covering events and creating content such as Instagram stories for the university, as well as writing for this blog every month. These little creative outlets bring me so much joy and give me peace of mind that some extra money is coming in when times get tough.

You can check out the latest jobs on campus here or look further afield for work off-campus and around Ormskirk or the surrounding areas here. If you need support with your application forms, cover letters or CV then you will find instructions on how to access all of that here. Good luck!

Sam xo

My Experience Working for Edge Hill

Hi guys, in my last blog which you can read here. Working at Edge Hill

I talked about the various job opportunities available on campus, following on from that I thought I would talk a bit about my experience working for the university and what you can generally expect.

At the start of my first year at Edge Hill I was looking for some basic part-time work which unfortunately wasn’t going very well, because of my want to go from home in Northern Ireland to Uni over various holidays it was difficult to find something this flexible to fit around that. While searching for roles I came across one being advertised by Edge Hill to become a student mentor, after a read of the role itself I submitted an application which involved giving some test answers. After this I received an email a few weeks later saying I had been successful!

Once I had received the email, a suitable date was arranged between me and the other applicants to attend a training session on campus, where I was trained on the role itself and it’s responsibilities as well as meeting the staff in charge of overseeing the work, and the other students who had also been chosen for the role. The training itself was really well explained and done in a relaxed atmosphere so there was nothing to worry about.

The role itself is one that is done online from your own phone or laptop and while it varies a bit, it generally involves you putting in a couple of hours a week. The best thing about this online work is that while you do have to make sure your checking up on it and doing what is required. You are allowed complete flexibility in when you want to work which is something that is really nice to have. The Edge Hill staff I have been in contact with when working for the university have also been really helpful and provide plenty  of information for me to make sure I know what I’m doing.

So, that’s my experience so far and I think if you are looking for a bit of extra work to compliment your studies then these roles are here to apply for when available if your interested. Thanks for reading and feel free to ask any questions.


Working at a Summer Camp

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having a lovely summer – hopefully the weather will pick up again soon! It has been my second time working at a kids camp for 6 weeks and it has been an experience I will never forget. If you are considering applying to camps for next summer, I highly recommend it!

  1. Camp America but in England

If you are concerned about the cost for working abroad, a residential camp in England is ideal to experience camp life whilst staying in the same country! As I live in Manchester, it was nice to enjoy a more rural location for a change, filled with beautiful views and countryside.

  1. Meet people from all over the world

The best part of working at a kids camp for me, is the chance to get to know campers and fellow staff from all over the world. Campers were from other countries like Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia… the list goes on! There are not many places with opportunities like this which I am so grateful for.

  1. It is enjoyable and beneficial to you

Not only have I had one of the best summers I have ever had (really!), it has allowed me to develop multiple skills. Part of my job was to plan and run activities for children from 6 to 17 years old. Quad bikes, fire-making, outdoor cookery and raft-building are examples of skills I didn’t know I had! The other part of my job was a more pastoral role as it involved looking after a dorm of children each week.

If you are looking for ways to add to your CV, earn money, or simply have fun, there is no better job than working at camp. Now I have had these 2 years of experience, I am hoping it will give me that extra bit of confidence when going into my third and final year of Primary Ed. Have you worked at a kids camp before?

If you have any questions, drop me a comment below!

Thanks, Anna 🙂

Budgeting as a student

Being able to budget and plan your money is incredibly important as a student. It may be your first time receiving money where you have specific things you’ve got to pay for such as rent, food, sports memberships as well as the extras such as going out with friends wherever that may be to.

You should start by working out how much money you have coming in. This could be through Student Finance or from a part-time job that you are currently working. You should then make a list of all essential outgoings such as rent, bills, travel costs, course materials, food, toiletries, clothes and insurance as well as any extra study expenses which are expected for your course.

The next step is to work out how much you can afford to spend on each of these areas. Remember to save some money for optional extras such as entertainment as well as unexpected expenses and future savings. There are also often bigger occasions to save for such as holidays, Christmas and birthdays.

You should then look for ways to make savings. This could include buying your food from a cheaper supermarket or bulk buying certain items with the other people you are living with. You could also try having no spend days which can help keep your costs down considerably. If you are paying bills, take a look to see if there is a cheaper provider for the services you are receiving. Student discounts such as student rail cards, bus passes and the NUS card can also help you to save a little extra.

Finally, you should always keep track of what you are spending and review this regularly. This will help you to know whether you can afford to make certain luxury purchases or whether you should wait. You could keep a list or use an app or programme such as Blackbullion.

If you aren’t currently working but need a little extra money, you should consider a part-time job. The careers centre at Edge Hill are incredibly friendly and helpful and can check over your application or CV to help you get a job which is suited to the skills and experience you already have. Working whilst at university helps to improve your skills such as time management and communication and can also be a great way to network with other professionals in the area you hope to study in after you graduate. The money advice team at Edge Hill are always happy to help with any questions you may have about budgeting or funding.

Student Finance and the Money Advice Team

With Student Finance applications opening soon, money may be on the mind. Edge Hill University does a lot to help ease money woes and provides numerous services and opportunities. On such resource is the Money Matters website, which has useful information on loans (which I have briefly detailed below), grants, bursaries, scholarships, and more!

There are two loans available from the government for undergraduate university study:

Tuition Fee Loan:
This is something you largely don’t have to worry about. You can borrow enough to cover the tuition fee for your course and is not means tested. This will be paid directly to your university – I didn’t worry about it once I had applied.

Maintenance Loan:
To help with food, accommodation and travel, this loan will depend on a variety of factors: household income, whether you’re living at home or away, the exact location of your residence, and more. The maximum amount able to be received is £8,700, or £9,916 if you qualify for the increased Maintenance Loan. This will be received directly, usually in three instalments, to your bank account or building society.

Managing the money from your maintenance loan might seem like a challenge. Typically, you receive roughly a third per term and will have to budget your money to last appropriately, accounting for rent, food, other essentials and any left over for spending (i.e. social events, shopping).

This is where the Money Advice Team can help. Available for drop-ins Monday and Friday, 10am-1pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm-4pm, they can lend a hand in keeping your finances on track, providing budgeting tips and techniques as well as information about the Student Support Fund and part-time job opportunities.

Not only are there a number of jobs on campus available to Edge Hill students (such as open day helpers and library staff), the Money Advice Team can help you find jobs in the surrounding area such as St Helens, Preston, and Liverpool.

Working at Uni

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.

More information about all things job related can be found on the Careers Centre website and on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Being a student guide

We’ve talked a lot about how part time jobs can really help with giving you a little extra money to have in your pocket.

Today, I’m talking about becoming and being a student guide.

Above is a picture of just some of the student guides during last year’s summer residential.

The Student Guide position is one you can apply for in your 1st and 2nd year. When I applied, I had to fill out a short application, then attend a group interview and workshop.

When I applied, everyone automatically had to complete a DBS, which basically means you’re allowed to work with children and vulnerable adults. However, I believe that’s changed, and now you get to choose if you wish to be a Pre-16 guide or Post-16 guide; this just means that if you choose Pre-16, you will still have to complete a DBS, so you can work with the younger years.

Student Guide jobs can include:

  • packing envelopes, to send out to applicants
  • giving campus and accommodation tours
  • assisting with school visits
    • campus tours
    • workshops (debating, design a uni, budgeting, personal statement)
    • delivering students to and from sessions
  • helping out at big events, such as the Open and Applicant Days
  • working during the residential

Don’t be put off if you’re worried about standing in front of others, or don’t feel like you have enough knowledge about certain things! Being a student guide can really help improve your confidence, and there is plenty of training along the way, with a lovely host of staff members who are willing to help you out wherever needed.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You’ll receive an email from our portal, sent from a member of the Education Liaison Team
  2. Once logged into the portal, you will see work that is listed that you’re able to do
  3. If you’re not busy and can attend, you can confirm (or reject, if you can’t)
  4. Usually within a week, sometimes longer, the staff in the office will confirm you for work

This means that you can pick the days that are easiest for you, when the work becomes available. I really love that I’ve been able to pick work up – at a really good wage – around my studies. Although it is really flexible and we do have a lot of fun, it’s important to remember that it is a real job so if you’re not interesting in working hard, it may not be the job for you.

However, my favourite thing about the job is the amount of people I’ve met along the way. If I hadn’t become a student guide, it is unlikely that I’d have met even half of the friends I do have at uni.

Jobs whilst you’re at uni

So summer is coming, what are you going to do!? Chill hopefully, and enjoy a summer with no work! However if you are like the many students that scrimp and save money you may be thinking about getting a summer job or a part-time job for when you get to uni!

You may feel like you’ll be the only one out of your friends to have a job, but don’t worry that will definitely not be the case! Plus, it’s totally worth it when you get your wage at the end of the month, that money you get will be your bread and butter….. Literally!

Plus the social side of working is brilliant to meet people of all ages from all aspects of life.

So if you’re wanting to get a job in Ormskirk I’d highly recommend you’re ready with your CV before you come so you can drop them off in shops/pubs, as they tend to advertise vacancies in their shop windows or you can submit them online. At the beginning of the year there seem to be lots of vacancies so you will hopefully be spoilt for choice!

The whole concept of having a job throughout uni will also look great to prospective employers as it shows you can successfully juggle your responsibilities and studies… Therefore your time management skills will definitely be up to scratch!

Anyway, good luck!!

So, what’s new?

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having an amazing summer and enjoying all the rainy days. So much for the August sun ay!

This week has been rather the same as the last to be honest. I’ve mainly been working and racking up some dollaaaaa, but I have had time to enjoy some nights out with my home friends. I’ve managed to read some articles relating to my dissertation, as well as two new books arriving for next year, woo!

My focus for this week is to allocate time towards my dissertation reading, by making a timetable schedule. This will allow me to keep on top of the work load, as well as balancing the rest of my life.

I haven’t got much to report on, but I’ll be back soon to fill you in on my summer! It’s not long until results are announced so GOODLUCK to everyone! Hopefully we’ll be seeing you very soon at EHU!

Until next time…:)