Develop skills that are valued by employers and enhance your CV by engaging in work experience, volunteering, or by gaining part-time and casual work while you study.
Part-time paid work
You might want a part-time job to gain more experience, learn new skills and strengthen your CV, or to contribute towards your study costs. Whatever your situation, our Careers team are on hand to offer help and advice, and answer your questions about working part-time during your studies.
Be open-minded when you are looking for a part-time job. You may think that working in shops, bars/restaurants etc won’t be valued by graduate employers, but this is not true. Employers look for candidates who thrive in any work situation and value the transferable skills you will develop: customer service, time management and communication skills, plus commercial awareness.
As a student, you will have access to our Careers Gateway (york.ac.uk login required) where we advertise all part-time and temporary job vacancies we receive from employers. In addition, there are many other sources for finding Part-time and temporary work in the UK (PDF , 1,068kb).
There are a few opportunities for paid temporary work at the University, open to all students:
Internships and paid work experience can offer the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and gain insight into a particular job or industry. With your supervisor's approval, you may be able to undertake an internship to complement your studies - visit our Student Internship Bureau for help and advice.
Work regulations and/or visa restrictions may apply if you are an international student wanting to work during your studies.
"I was lucky enough to find a position on-campus at the Graduate Students' Association which was great; I got the chance contribute to the running of student services and had the opportunity to transfer my existing skills into a new area. Furthermore, as an off-campus student, my employment benefited my commuting to university by adding more structure to my week and covering my total commuting costs for the year – whilst also improving my CV!"
Ed, MA Medical History
Volunteering is an excellent way of developing skills, gaining valuable work experience, and enhancing your CV, as well as supporting and getting to know your local community.
You could volunteer in a local school, become a member of the Graduate Students' Association council, or start a book club in our graduate-only college, Wentworth. Those are just a few of the options. Whether you can give a few hours or few weeks there are plenty of projects and initiatives to get involved with.
Explore our volunteering opportunities.
As an international student, it is important that you check that any voluntary work complies with the terms of your visa.
"Volunteering really does bring out the best of both worlds; you can improve your CV, whilst taking part in an enjoyable experience meeting a diverse range of people."
Laura, MA Shakespeare and Education - chair of Derwent Graduate Common Room