What Types of Employment Are Available In The UK?

What types of employment are available in the UK?

Obtaining work in the UK is very competitive. Many part time roles, as well as graduate jobs expect a good written application; sometimes a test and nearly always an interview before applicants are offered a job. 

It is important you express your skills well, in your application and your interview. We are here to help, make an appointment with one of our advisers for support.

Ice Club participant at the 2014 SEOTY Awards

The Advantages of Work Experience

Work experience is a great asset to have when applying for graduate opportunities. Employers will appreciate the range of skills you will have developed in a real working environment. You will get the chance to:

  • improve your English language communication skills
  • explore and adapt to a different culture and make British friends 
  • make useful contacts and develop networking skills
  • find out about different careers and job roles and what suits you best
  • gain valuable employability skills and information to put on your CV

Different types of Work Experience

  • Part-time (term-time) jobs; possibly course-related or jobs such as sales, hospitality or manufacturing.
  • Vacation jobs during the summer, Easter and Christmas holidays (full and part-time).
  • Campus jobs including Ice Club; paid work for Sheffield Hallam students  
  • Internships; can be paid or unpaid and are usually in the summer vacation.
  • Placements; usually for one academic year and often linked to your course.
  • Volunteering; unpaid work often for a charity, public service and sometimes a company
  • Work-shadowing; observing someone in their job role, usually unpaid and short term.
  • University committees, clubs, societies, and student representative positions provide opportunities to develop skills such as communication, team-working, organising, problem-solving and leadership.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 15:44