Working during your studies

Working during your studies will allow you to balance your budget far more easily, as well as to acquire new skills and meet new people.

The best way to increase your income whilst at university is to find part-time work; almost two thirds of students work part-time alongside their studies.

Find out what our graduates say about working during their time here:

Graduates and a career adviser talk about working whilst at university.

Please note that Advice and Money is now based at Students' Union, Cathays and Cardigan House, Heath Park.

Employment is a great way of earning extra money and accumulating transferable skills like teamwork and commercial awareness which can be useful when applying for jobs in the future.

Whilst working can be helpful, it’s important to keep a good balance between work and studies. We recommend working no more than 15 hours per week during term-time.

If you are an international student, certain employment restrictions apply depending on the type of visa you have. About working in the UK.

Find work with the Jobshop

If you’re interested in finding work, you can sign up to the Jobshop on the fourth floor of the Students’ Union when you arrive. You will need to provide your passport and national insurance number.

Jobshop advertises both casual work and permanent posts. Casual work is the best way to earn money without sacrificing your freedom, but permanent posts are better suited to those in need of a regular income. You can also apply for jobs online, or be proactive by visiting local businesses and asking for work.

Choosing a job you’re interested in will make working far less of a chore.

Internships and work experience

You can apply for internships or work experience which may be more relevant in your degree discipline and allow you to network. Internships often act as a great introduction to students’ future careers.

Keep up to date with vacancies by following @ExpWorksCU on Twitter.

Further advice

If you need any help applying to jobs, creating a CV or discussing your future career, you can contact the Careers and Employability Service at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place:

Careers and Employability (Cathays)