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Working during your studies

Last updated: 22/12/2022 09:14

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

Employment is a great way of earning extra money and developing 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.

Find work with the Jobshop

If you’re interested in finding work whilst at university, the Jobshop is a free student employment service based at Cardiff Students’ Union (Park Place). Jobshop advertises casual work that is flexible around your academic commitments, helping you to ‘Earn While You Learn’.

Opportunities are available within the university, the Students' Union and with local employers. You can register with the Jobshop, sign up for job alerts, set preferences, browse and apply for jobs online.

Internships and work experience

You can apply for internships or work experience which may be more relevant to your degree discipline and allow you to network. Internships often act as a great introduction to your career and the Student Futures team source a variety of live opportunities throughout the year. Once you've enrolled sign up for a Student Futures account where you can search and apply for vacancies.

Keep up to date by following CU Student Futures/Dyfodol Myfyrwyr CU.

Further advice

If you need any help applying to jobs, creating a CV or discussing your future career, contact Student Futures.

Student Futures