Working part-time during your studies is a great way to supplement your student budget while learning valuable life skills. However, there are restrictions and rules on working in the UK as a student that you need to know. Here, we offer advice on working hours and pay, and list helpful resources where you can look for work.
Working part-time during your studies is a great way to supplement your income while learning new skills, meeting new people and gaining valuable experience in working in a foreign country. Sure, working as a student isn’t for everyone, and balancing a work, study and social life can be demanding, but it will also give you invaluable life experience – and for many people, that’s what being a student is all about.
In this guide, we look at the ins and outs of working part-time as an international student, including restrictions on working hours, what documents you’ll need when applying for work, and some of the best places to start finding a job.
Before you start applying for jobs, you need to make sure your student visa permits you to work in the UK on a part-time basis. For most international students living in the UK on a Tier 4 sponsored visa, the maximum number of hours you’re entitled to work in a single week is 20. Though this might not sound like a lot, 20 hours is around the maximum amount of time that is recommended that students work while studying, to ensure that the main focus is still on their degree.
As you begin your job search, make sure you look for positions which are designated as ‘term-time only’, and check the definition of this carefully in the small print. During the holidays, you may want to go home to visit family, so you need a position that allows that freedom and flexibility.
When it comes to applying for jobs, attending interviews or accepting employment, you’ll need to provide the employer with some documentation. Most employers will need to see the following before your contract can start:
Remember – before you accept a job, think about the risks and rewards. If, for instance, you’re only going to be on minimum wage, your salary may not be high enough to justify interrupting your study time. Think carefully about your options and be realistic about how much time you can responsibly spend away from your studies.
Finding a job as an international student is by no means easy, particularly if English isn’t your first language. With a huge pool of cash-strapped students all vying for similar positions on and around the campus, things can be very competitive. But that’s not to say it’s impossible, and here we offer our top tips on the best places to look for work.
If you are preparing to study in Dublin, it is worth noting that certain employment laws may be different in Ireland.
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