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The Careers Service advertises part-time temporary and casual jobs on behalf of a wide range of employers.

Where to look for part-time jobs

Part-time and casual work vacancies, available locally in the Greater Glasgow area, are advertised via StrathUnion Job Shop.

Part-time jobs outside the Greater Glasgow area are advertised via MyCareerHub.

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The Careers Service endeavours to ensure that every part-time job advertised via MyCareerHub Strathclyde is genuine, lawful and non-discriminatory.

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Working for the University

The University's Human Resources Directorate has a vacancy website where roles in administration, estates and support services are advertised. However, many of these will be full time and will not be suitable for students.

Although there are opportunities across the University for part-time or casual work, not all of these will be advertised widely. Take a proactive approach, select the areas of the University that interest you and ask them directly whether they have any positions available. Prepare a CV and try to make a good impression.

Some campus opportunities are also advertised by StrathUnion JobShop.

What types of part-time jobs are available in Glasgow?

  • The hotel sector in Glasgow is booming. Hotels offer a variety of roles (bar, waiting, reception, housekeeping etc.) across a variety of shifts, which can suit students.
  • Glasgow’s busy city centre means that the bars/nightclubs/restaurants sector tends to have lots of vacancies for bar and waiting staff.
  • Other part-time jobs that might be available include security work, demonstrators, tutoring jobs, call centre operators (sometimes for those with a second language) or promotions staff.
  • Brand Managers - Some organisations wish to recruit student Brand Managers in order to raise their profile on campus and to improve recruitment. 
  • For those of you who don't need or want to commit to a permanent part-time job there are also one-off vacancies where you work for one or two days, and there are always temporary jobs around in the lead up to Christmas.
  • While some jobs specify the number of hours that you will work, others offer more flexibility to work when you are available or to meet business requirements Some students like flexible working to fit round their other commitments however if you require regular work to pay bills this may not be the best option as you may find that you are not offered enough hours or may even feel pressured into working more than 15 hours a week.

How do I find jobs in the local area

Many businesses don’t advertise part-time jobs because they know they will get enough interest. Here are a few tips:

  • Large shops and stores (eg Next, Debenhams) advertise on their own websites.
  • The Buchanan Galleries jobsite is:  buchanangalleries.co.uk/jobs
  • St Enoch shopping centre site is:  www.st-enoch.com/careers/
  • Also check hotel websites for job adverts.
  • You may also find vacancies by asking around at shops, bars and restaurants. Many advertise vacancies on their windows. The best way to find these jobs is to walk around the city centre and ask. Take a copy of your CV with you to hand in to the manager.
  • Use your own networks and social media to find opportunities.

Where else do employers advertise jobs?

Casual vacation work

If you already have a part-time job during semester, your employer may want you to stay on throughout the vacations. If you are not from the Glasgow area and are working for a large UK organisation, it may be possible to request a transfer for the summer if you plan to return your home area during the vacation period.

Many shops, hotels and restaurants advertise temporary, part-time Christmas jobs to cover the busy holiday season in Winter.  If you want to find work in Glasgow for the summer you must start your job search early - there is lots of competition for local jobs, so be pro-active.

Around the UK, there are many seasonal opportunities which become available only during vacations eg work in children's summer camps, fruit picking, tourism vacancies and opportunities in language schools. These websites may be useful: UK Summer Camps and Courses Directory, summerjobs.co.uk

The Careers Service advertises vacation opportunities available outside the Greater Glasgow area and also throughout the UK and abroad (see International Experience – work and study).

You can also search for UK recruitment websites on the internet as some will handle vacancies in all areas of the UK, or will specialise in recruitment for a particular region.

Applying for part-time jobs

Part-time opportunities cover a huge range of roles, some will require very specific skills or experience while others are looking for more general skills that many students will have. Most jobs will require an application, often a CV. Therefore, you will have to demonstrate relevant skills and possibly experience that match the needs of the role (ie the person specification part of the job description). Get advice on your CV.

What if I don’t have any work experience?

If you are a new student or new to the UK you may not have much work experience to talk about. Start here:

  • Considering volunteering
  • Have a look at the skills employers expect staff to have and how you could gain them

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