Finding a job at university

London is ideal for student jobs to complement your studies while you gain experience in your industry, gain contacts and learn invaluable skills. During your degree there are plenty of opportunities, you can find an internship, work placement, do volunteering, work shadowing, have a student or part time job.

And now, due to the effects of Covid-19 virtual work experience is a thing, giving you the opportunity to complete a full internship from your laptop at home to work in organisations across the globe.

Employers use these placements to evaluate the student’s or graduate ‘s capacity and often hire workers from their interns, rather than advertising their positions externally. Therefore you should apply for an internship that you are strongly interested in.

 

What you need to think about: 

  • When you are available to work that will coordinate with your studies and timetable
  • Getting the appropriate VISA or National Insurance number
  • Getting your CV up to date and tailor it to every job.
  • Type of experience you wish to get: paid/unpaid, volunteering, part time job…
  • Location: You don’t want to be commuting for two hours!
  • Industry you want to work in: Media and the creative industries, Advertising, Arts, Hospitality, Education, Finances…

Goldsmiths Careers Service: Available for all Goldsmiths students

  • Through CareerSpace you can apply to work in external companies, specialised in your area of interest, you can go to a drop-in session or sign up to have a chat to look for tailored options.
  • You can apply to internal jobs at Goldsmiths, such as student ambassador, working at the Student’s Union café and Resident Experience Coordinator (like me writing this!).
  • Sign up to receive tailored job offers on your e-mail

Online

There are plenty of websites and phone apps to apply for jobs:

Prospects UK

Website: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

Type: You can search for internships, work placements, virtual work experience, volunteering, work shadowing, summer jobs, apprenticeships and even gap year opportunities. Search for jobs, internships, work experience and placements on the site, listing plenty of links to external companies such as volunteering as well as jobs abroad: Input the location, job sector and type of work you are looking for to search thousands of job offers in the UK. If all of that wasn’t enough, Prospects has plenty of advice for each sector, from sports, to arts, to law.

Searching for your ideal job, the website explains how each type of work experience differs, what they involve, wages and what employers are looking for. There is also plenty of advice in how to tailor your CV and write the perfect cover letter for each job.

Stint

Phone App: www.stint.co/for-students/

Type: casual shifts, 2-8 hours depending on your availability.

How it works: Sign up on the Stint app, it’s free! Drop by for a 10-minute meeting to get verified. Get work by setting the times and days you want to work, you then receive job offers from 2-8 hours shifts. Get paid within a week of your stint, straight to your bank account.

“At Stint, you can make money working at your local pub, favourite clothing store, an exclusive members’ club, or serving the prime minister”

Indeed

Website and Phone App: www.indeed.co.uk

Type: Personalized search, all kinds of jobs. Part time, full time, freelance, student jobs… You can also sign up to receive e-mails and job offers according to your profile.

“Indeed is the #1 job site in the world with over 250 million unique visitors every month. Indeed strives to put jobseekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post CVs, and research companies. Every day, we connect millions of people to new opportunities”

Rate my placement

Website https://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/

Search & apply for student placements and internships. Discover the top 100 employers, read reviews on company schemes and find expert undergraduate advice. RateMyPlacement.co.uk is the UK’s leading jobs board for university students searching for undergraduate work experience, including placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights. RateMyPlacement helps over 400 of the biggest employers attract the best undergraduate talent in the UK. Achieved through a wide range of services including company profiles, job adverts, sponsored content, targeted emails and social media.

They also currently offer virtual work experience.

Internwise

Website: https://www.internwise.co.uk/

Internship opportunities added daily, instant searching and applying. To apply for a job you will need to register as a member (it’s free).

Personal favourites, social media:

The Media Mentor

Twitter Account posting job offers every day: https://twitter.com/themediamentor

This is a feed for media professionals looking for advice and guidance on their career. Jobs posted through the week. Radio on Monday, TV on Tuesday, PR on Wednesday, Entry level/ internships on Thursday & Online/Print on Friday.

Run the Check

Website: https://www.runthecheck.com/

Instagram: @runthecheck

Paid opportunities for creatives living in London, ranging from animation, filmmaking, design, curating, curating and translation. Posting weekly.

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