A wise way to spend some spare time?

Marmalade cat sleeping in a bird feeder.

We all have different ideas about how to make the most our spare time.
Photo: D.Gillie, Toby, the neighbour’s cat, sleeping on our bird table.

For some students part-time work is an essential tactic in their university funding strategy, for others it may be about earning extra cash to support ‘out of classroom experiences’.  No matter what your motivations for working while you study, it can be a useful way to gain skills and experience whilst generating interesting content for your CV (If you’re uncertain about combining work with study, here’s some advice).

For those of you who are new to the University of Edinburgh or have yet to discover it – SAGE is the Careers Service’s very popular jobs database.

On the SAGE homepage, you can find helpful videos showing you how to use SAGE to find semester/part-time work, graduate jobs, internships and national/international volunteering opportunities (for those reticent to commit to longer term work, we advertise ‘one off’ opportunities).  There are also plenty of hints and tips about getting the most out of SAGE. Here’s a sample of  the part-time jobs recently on offer:

  • Education: Higher History tutor, play leader, Gaelic tutor, instrumental tutors
  • Sport: Swimming instructors, domestic assistant (health club), specialist sports coaches

As well as other opportunities unrelated to what you might be studying – but ones that could be fun, interesting and equip you with useful transferable skills: mystery shopper, brand ambassador (The Economist, Kommando), care assistants, interpreters/translators, PR staff, HE admin roles, hospitality, retail and many more.

What sort of part-times jobs are you doing?

Useful info:

The SAGE team will be out and about in September and October giving sessions for students on finding part-time work.

Also keep an eye out for sessions on CVs for part-time work by two of our careers advisers.

To make sure you don’t miss any events, subscribe to the Careers Service Google calendar.


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