Work experience is a great thing to have on your CV and will work wonders when you are applying for placements or graduate jobs. However, we appreciate it’s currently a bit tricky to find work experience, which means it’s important that you don’t just rely on one job site to look for roles. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best websites to use in your search for part-time jobs, volunteering roles or internships.
StudentJob is a great site to use as part of your job search. You can filter your search down to specific categories like ‘internships’, ‘weekend jobs’, ‘work from home jobs’ and many more to make sure you’re only looking at jobs you’re actually interested in.
If you’re after some inspiration for what you could be doing, you can also browse by the ‘popular student jobs’ category which includes opportunities such as private tutor, brand ambassador, market research and sales assistant. They also have advice sections which include useful posts such as well-being at work and budgeting as a student.
Indeed is a great place to look for part-time work. The website has a handy search function where you can use keywords to narrow down what you’re looking for – there’s also an option for you to filter the results by remote or temporarily remote opportunities if you’d feel more comfortable working from home. There are other resources you’ll be able to find on the site too including company reviews, application advice and a section called ‘COVID-19 Resources‘ which has tips for searching for jobs during the pandemic and how to stay productive while working from home.
If you’re after a job with meaning, then make sure this website is on your list. CharityJob is the UK’s largest and most specialised job board that advertises non-profit, NGO, social enterprise, CIC and voluntary jobs all over the country. As well as their job board, they have a career advice section which is jam-packed with blog posts covering topics like 5 skills you need to land a remote charity job, volunteering during lockdown and staying focused during the job hunt.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the charity sector after graduation, you should also check out their careers guides which will help you pinpoint the perfect charity job.
Do It is designed to help you find the perfect volunteering opportunity for you. If there’s an organisation you’ve got in mind that you’d like to volunteer for, there’s an option to search by organisation where you can see what opportunities they currently have available. Alternatively, you can use the advanced search function where you can really narrow down your search by stating your availability, the causes you’re passionate about, the skills you have to offer, the skills you want to gain and much more.
You can use the GOV.UK website to search for full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales. You’ll be able to search by ‘what’ (for example job, company, skills) and ‘where’ (for example city, county or postcode). You’ll just need to create an account to apply for any roles that catch your eye.
Employment 4 students (e4s)
Employment 4 students specialises in advertising student jobs, seasonal jobs and internships, as well as graduate roles. You can find work experience opportunities by browsing by featured companies, location or sector. They also have a blog section on the website which is worth a read, with their posts covering topics such as video interview tips, the benefits and challenges of remote internships, increasing your employability after lockdown and much more.
Student Ladder is one of the UK’s leading career development websites, helping students between 16-24 years old make their steps to success. They advertise a range of internships for first years and second years – as well as placement opportunities – across various sectors including, banking and finance, science and engineering, media and publishing, business and retail and many more.
Millions of people use Glassdoor to search for jobs, salary information, company reviews and interview questions. Their job search function allows you to seek out the roles that you could combine with your studies. They also have a dedicated COVID-19 section which shines the light on work-from-home jobs, companies that are still hiring or are currently experiencing hiring surges during the pandemic and insightful blog posts.
Totaljobs are the UK’s largest hiring platform – they have hundreds of thousands of live job adverts on their site, so hopefully they might have the right role for you on there. You can browse for role by location, sector, company, popular searches, entry level jobs or part-time jobs.
Of course we had to give Aston Futures a mention here. Aston Futures is an online platform that we run. You can do all sorts of things on it including booking 1-to-1 appointments with members of the team, registering for upcoming careers events and searching for part-time jobs, placements, volunteering roles, internships and graduate jobs. Some of the vacancies we advertise on there are even exclusive to Aston which means you won’t find them anywhere else.
But that’s not all – if you fill out your profile with your preferences, you’ll also receive tailored job alerts that will hopefully be full of roles that are right up your street. Take a read of this blog post for more tips on getting the most out of Aston Futures.
Written by Jodie Carpenter, Careers and Placements