FAQs JobShop

Why get a part-time job or voluntary role? - An employer's perspective


Why get a part-time job or volunteering role? - A graduate's perspective


Jobshop is here to help! Book an appointment with Cathy Laird, JobShop and Volunteering Manager, on Aston Futures, the Careers+Placements online job search and appointment booking system. Cathy offers one-to-one advice on CVs for part-time and voluntary roles, and guidance on how to search for roles.  

Login into Aston Futures, where our part-time and voluntary opportunities are advertised. The JobShop team keeps in touch with local employers and charities to find out what vacancies they have. Over 15,000 vacancies are advertised on Aston Futures every year - many of these exclusive to Aston University students. Aston Futures is also where placements, internships and graduate roles are advertised. 

All the jobs are located close to campus, within Birmingham and the wider region.

Employers understand you are student and many are flexible to your needs including weekend work.

Please visit JobShop, located on the Student Union first floor, and our team will be happy to help set you out in the right direction.

JobShop liaises with all sorts of organisations within a variety of sectors including marketing, care, administration, hospitality, retail and many more. Have a look on Aston Futures to see the wide variety of exciting opportunities we have for you.

Most of our advertised volunteering opportunities are course related. We advertise roles that are related to business (administration, marketing & HR) as well as roles in befriending, IT and admin support, to name a few. Have a look on Aston Futures to see the wide variety of exciting opportunities we have for you.

Working part-time will help you to become graduate job-ready but, just as importantly, you will earn some money. All employers want to see evidence that you have some form of work experience. It tells them that you are self-motivated and that you understand the expectations an employer has of you. 

Aside from the very real contribution you will be making, working for a charity gives you the potential chance to experience an industry that relates to your course. You will develop many transferable skills such as working as part of a team, dealing with people and overcoming obstacles. Approved Volunteer work can be added to your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

It will give you confidence. Confidence in interviews, confidence in new situations, and confidence that you can make a valuable contribution to an organisation. It is also a great training ground for your graduate career search. It will give you practice at job searching, applying for jobs and handling interviews.

Yes, you do. But don’t worry if you don’t have one yet. Book an appointment with JobShop – go to Casual/Temporary/Volunteering Advice - and we will advise you how to put your part-time work CV together. You can also visit us in person at JobShop on the first floor, Student’s Union.

You will need a CV in the future, when you are seeking your placement or looking for your graduate job, so this is a great chance to start working on it. You can then develop it over time – your new work experience will need to be added for a start!

Almost every role you apply for will involve an interview, even if it’s quite informal. As with your CV, we can help you prepare for it, and it will be great practice for your placement and graduate job searches.

It’s not necessary. Work experience, whether it’s connected to your degree or not, teaches you skills that help you to become more employable. These may include teamwork, thinking for yourself, interpersonal skills and even simple things, like punctuality.

Many of our part time advertised jobs are not specifically degree related. However, every part-time role gives you transferrable skills and you will develop your soft skills such as communication, team working, time management and professionalism, whatever job you do.

If you are keen to make sure your work experience is directly related to your degree, have a look at our volunteering roles, where we have links with organisations that offer unpaid work experience in more specialised areas.

We don’t recommend working more than 20 hours per week during term-time – your studies must come first! If you are international student, your visa usually restricts you to working 20 hours per week. For more information about visa restrictions please contact the Hub

You can’t work without a National Insurance number. If you are a British student, you will have one already. If you are a EU/ International student, find out all about what this is and how to get one, here

It is a myth that students are exempt from taxation. If they earn enough, students pay tax along with the rest of the working population. The only way to avoid paying tax is by remaining below your personal tax allowance. Find out more, here.

Firstly, raise the issue with your employer. You will probably find it is resolved easily. If not, or you need advice, there is always someone here at JobShop to help. We won’t contact employers on your behalf, but we will advise and support you. 

Further questions? Get in touch