Tuesday, 14 July 2015

University Advice || Earning Money as a Student on Campus

If you're a student and you're looking for ways to earn money whilst you are studying for your degree, the following post will give you different ideas of jobs which could be done on campus.
There are a number of benefits to have a part-time job whilst studying such as boosting CV which will impress future employers. It provides evidence for transferable skills, such as communication skills, leadership skills, time management and organisation.

Below are three good job ideas which I believe are good to have as students, which could be done right at the heart of the campus you study at.

The university which I currently study at offers the opportunity for students to be apart of the catering team. This position allows one to work across multiple events and different events on campus. These include working at the main food court, being a waiter/waitress at the university graduation ball or a conference dinner and serving drinks at a drinks reception.

One of the good things about being a catering staff on campus is that it operates on a zero-contract basis, which means that there is not a specific amount of hours you have to complete each week in order to do the job. You essentially can work when you are available and when shifts to work are available. Furthermore, you role isn't limited to a specific location or type of role each time you do a shift, allowing you to experience different environments of work and earning you different skills that you are able to develop. For me and from experience, I feel that this type of role is beneficial for student with a variable schedule week-to-week but is still looking to earning money whilst studying.

Skills /Qualities Developed From this type of Role: Adaptability, verbal communication and listening skills, able to act professionally, team work and responsibility

As far as I am aware, every university offers this position to their students, and the chances are that if you have visited a university for an open day as a prospective student, you were showed or guided around the university by a student campus ambassador or helper. Essentially, a campus ambassador has the responsibility to ensure the smooth running of an open day. Different roles are available which can include welcoming students and their parents at the car park, giving campus and accommodation tours or being an aid around campus to ensure that students and their parents can navigate themselves around the university.

This role gives people the opportunity to talk about their experiences of university life and pass on any advice to potential students from applying to university to making the transition from school/college to university.

Skills /Qualities Developed From this type of Role: Responsibility, Reliable, Communication Skills though talking to large crowd of people, interpersonal skills, team work and shows you're enthusiastic.

As a student brand ambassador, you are given the opportunity to promote companies and their products to students on campus. Varied promotional strategies could include flyering on campus, setting up stalls or active interactive games for students to get involved in or through social media via online campaigning strategies. I feel that this role gives the opportunity to work with companies and promote either their graduate schemes or products which would be beneficial for students. Most companies are fairly flexible with the times that you work during the weeks, with some requiring minimum 5 hours a week whilst other companies require you to work when they have specific campaigns that they are working on.

  Good Companies which offer student brand ambassador roles:

1. The BigChoice Group

2. Teach First

3. Centrica

Skills /Qualities Developed From this type of Role: Written and Spoken communication, organisation, ability to retain information, approachable and friendly.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Summer Research Experience - Week 1

Summer is officially, here. For some, that means kicking back, relaxing and enjoying your time off from university or school whilst soaking up some rays. For others, it means landing that a summer role in order to boost your CV whilst making some money for the holidays.

For me, this summer I have planned to undertake research experience at a research laboratory. This is funded by the Wellcome Trust and I have been awarded their Biomedical Vacation Scholarship allowing me to undertake research experience for 8 weeks. Throughout this time I will be responsible for my own research project whilst learning some new and exciting laboratory techniques. I am so excited about this coming summer and therefore, I decided to keep a weekly log of activities on what I will be doing, keeping you up to speed with my progress of research experience.

My initial motivations for spending a part of my summer at a research facility is due to my interest in science and experimental work. I've always wanted to gain an insight in the day-to-day events of working in a laboratory and undertaking this experience would not only provide this but will also help me to build laboratory skills. This experience would therefore would help me gain essential skills which I can use for my 3rd year university project but also aid to towards me confirming my career aspirations.

Below, I'll comply the main things which I would like to explore about my first week of experience in the research lab.

What I did during the first week: As it was the first week, I mainly shadowed a post-doc (post-PhD student) research fellow, who is my supervisor, around the lab whilst she worked on various experiments she is working on. Each day was different and would consist of either working all day in the lab or having meetings, writing up reports and analysing collected data.

First Impressions: I have found this week to be really interesting, it has definitely been a huge eye opener and I am enjoying every minute of it.

Highlight: Being able to contribute to the project my supervisor and other research fellows are working on by helping them isolate lymphocytes (white blood cells) from liver samples

What I'm looking forward to next week: Being able to start my research project in order to gain the full on hands-on research experience which I have been looking forward to.

Thanks guys for reading and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to comment below.
Until next time, Bye! x