Hi, I’m Maddy, a third year English Language student. Since I’m coming to the end of my degree soon, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my experience of finding jobs while at Lancaster over the last three years
- What kind of job can I get at University?
- What will the hours be like?
- Can I work and keep up my study at the same time?
- Can I find internships and work experience to further my career whilst studying?
These were all questions that I had before I came to Lancaster. Since arriving I have taken up 3 roles within the University, as well as internships and work experience, so it turns out I had nothing to worry about!
iLancaster and the Employment and Recruitment Service
The ‘jobs’ section on the iLancaster app has been my go-to. The University’s Employment and Recruitment Service (ERS) regularly post new vacancies here, and this was how I found the majority of my roles within the University. I have also gone to ERS (in the BASE) many times to get a second opinion on my CV and interviewing skills. They were so helpful and didn’t stop until they thought my CV was the best it could be.
Packing assistant and student ambassador
In summer between my first and second year, I found that I had some free time on my hands, so I decided to see if there were any vacant part-time roles at the University. I quickly found a position in the International Office packing envelopes and acting as a student ambassador to visiting academics. Luckily, I only live a 40-minute train ride from Lancaster which meant I was able to commute every day. This was a great way of keeping busy and earning some extra money over the summer vacation. So always keep an eye out if you live nearby! If not, some summer roles such as Summer School ambassadors and Clearing Phoneline Operators are given free accommodation to cover their work period, which is great for those that can’t commute.