Harjap Bassi was a Sociology student who graduated in 2019. While she was studying for her degree, Harjap also worked part-time as a Careers and Placements Associate. We had a chat with her to find out more about her role and her advice to other students looking for work experience.
What does a typical day in your part-time job look like?
It’s very varied – I mostly have to answer student queries on reception and signpost them to the relevant person, as well as booking students onto career appointments and signing them in when they arrive. I also have the key task of promoting career services such as Aston Futures.
What has been the highlight of your job so far?
Definitely interacting with students – I enjoy talking to and helping people.
What skills have you developed?
My confidence has increased a lot as my role entailed a lot of interaction with students. I’ve also developed my interpersonal skills as a result.
Why did you decide to get a part-time job?
To earn some money and also to gain some extra work experience to add to my CV.
How do you juggle working and studying?
I create a timetable for myself and highlight which tasks are important and need to be completed first. I also speak to my manager about my working hours to ensure I can fit them around my timetabled hours. Luckily, the Careers and Placements team are flexible with what hours I want to work.
How have the skills and experience you’ve gained from your part-time job helped you in other areas of your life?
It has influenced what graduate jobs I will be applying for. I realised that I enjoy interacting with other people and providing a good customer service, so I have decided to apply to jobs that are more customer-facing.
What advice would you give to other students thinking about or looking for a part-time job?
I think everyone should look for a part-time role – it really helps with building up your experience as well as understanding the world of work and testing out different roles to find the one that is suited for you!
Did you do a placement?
I did a marketing placement at Careers and Placements and I enjoyed my time there. I gained exposure to the world of work, got to work in an office setting as well as gain tons of experience and skills that will help me stand out from the crowd when applying for graduate roles. I would recommend that everyone should do a placement, as it is a massive learning curve!