Working part-time while abroad is a great way to supplement income and gain some international experience during your studies.
You are able to work up to 20 hours per week while on your Tier 4 Student visa and full-time during university breaks, so you are able to earn a good amount of pocket money.
However, as a full time student, working 10 hours a week may be more realistic, as staying on track with your course load will be of top priority.
National Insurance Number
Before you even start to think about finding a job, you need to look into applying for your National Insurance Number. This number is very similar to a social security number and allows you to legally work in the UK. Not to stress!
The application process isn’t a big deal, once you have arrived in the UK, you can apply for a National Insurance Number by phone. Don’t worry if you don’t have one and have already applied for a job, you can start work before your National Insurance number arrives if you can prove you can work in the UK. You must tell your employer that you’ve applied for one, and give it to them when you have it.
Finding a job
Now, let’s talk about finding a part-time job. You may feel that you are limited in your choices because of your hourly time restriction, but if you are creative in your endeavors, you don’t have to limit yourself to retail or bar tending!
Most universities will have career sites that will have options to sign up for notifications of job openings, as well as job shops on campus. Make sure you have an updated resume/ CV ready to go, for when that ideal opportunity opens up! Also, it never hurts to keep an eye on Gumtree, the UK Craigslist equivalent.
Some Across the Pond students have taken up work as nannies, substitute teachers, TESOL tutors, bartenders, interns with their university — you name it! There are a lot of jobs open to students wanting to work in the UK.
If you are studying on an undergraduate program, you have the opportunity to undertake a “sandwich course.”
This is a unique work placement or paid internship opportunity during your studies that allows you to gain some in-field experience. Two options may be available to you, depending on your choice of course:
- A thick sandwich course allows students to work in their field, usually during the third year of study. Therefore if you were to study this degree in England and Wales, you would be undertaking a four-year degree, instead of a typical three-year.
- A thin sandwich course allows students to work or study abroad for a semester.
And of course, London is a center for business prospects, and Across the Pond’s partner universities are well connected, allowing you to network with these connections, opening up opportunities that could make way for a once in a life time internship or work placement! Contact an Across the Pond advisor today!
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