Hi, I’m Tom and I’m one of Lancaster University’s digital content ambassadors. I’m part way into my second year at the University studying Natural Sciences with a focus on ecology and conservation.
I’ve taken on a few different forms of part-time work since I’ve been at Lancaster to earn a little extra cash, and in this article, I’ll be talking about my experience of these.
Why would I need a job?
I mean, this is pretty obvious, I got a job because I wanted my bank account to look a bit less sad. In my first year, I didn’t really budget, and with a seemingly endless overdraft and loads of stuff to do I ended up digging myself into a bit of a hole. This is a predicament quite a few of my friends got into as well. Honestly, I think it’s a quintessential student experience. I managed to work my way out of it over the summer holidays but I was determined not to do the same thing in my second year, plus having a bit of extra cash meant doing things like travelling to sports tournaments and planning holidays in the summer was much less stressful.
There’s also the added benefit of it looking good on my CV, fingers crossed I can get a good job when I graduate.
Preparing to get a job
There are probably a million websites telling you how to do this better than I can, but you’re basically going to need a CV, a cover letter and potentially some interview skills. Get on google and find out what will help you to stand out. ‘The Base’ is the place to be if you need any help with this kind of thing, my friend got loads of help perfecting her application documents. It's next to the library in Alexandra Square.