Many of you will be having to think about money and finances for the first time as you start to prepare for Uni + freshers – hopefully this blog will help you to have a think about whether it’s necessary/worthwhile, and if you have any questions after then just ask!!
I chose to write about this topic since I’m currently working for one month in Somerset, at an international summer school as an English teacher, which has been great fun:)
So first of all, do you need a job whilst at uni? Well, that depends on an individual basis really, however having an income during your first year can be a big help. A part time job around your studies could easily cover your food costs, and takes a bit of financial pressure off if you think you might struggle with just your loan. It might also be good fun!
What’s available then? Lots of students manage to find jobs around Glamorgan Uni doing waitering/waitressing, till attendants for the local supermarkets and delivery drivers. There are plenty more opportunities around of course, if you are willing to look!
If you have any interest in the military or want to have a bit of fun and experience the British military for a while, then find out about UOTC (Universities Officer Training Corps), URNU (Universities Royal Navy Unit) or UAS (Universities Air Squadron). They all pay you for the time you spend with them, and you can have a great time doing all sorts of things you wouldn’t with any other club! They normally have stands at the Freshers’ Fayre so keep your eyes peeled! (I did the UOTC for the first year, and it definitely helped!)
Do you want help applying for a job when you arrive? Our student services team can help you with the Careers and Employability service! They can give you mock interviews, help you find jobs, and even help you build/improve your CV, and much more. There’s even a job search tool too. Check it out here if you’re interested: http://careers.glam.ac.uk/
For most courses, you will have plenty of free time around your lectures to be able to commit to a job, but if your not sure then wait until you are a few weeks into your course to judge it!
As usual, any questions then don’t hesitate to ask guys! Hope this helps, J.