For many graduates the idea of work begins and ends at full-time work in an office environment. But there are many different ways of working and it is important when finding a job to consider all the options available to you. This is our guide to what these different types of work might involve:
This is probably the most common form of graduate vacancy. Typically it involves you working 35-40 hours a week, Monday – Friday. However, within full time roles there is a lot of variation including working 5 days out of 7, different start and end times, flexible working (where you work core hours and can be more flexible to start and finish at times to suit you). Some careers may expect you to work longer hours, particularly at times when an important piece of work is nearing its deadline – however, there may be additional compensation for this in terms of pay, time off at quieter times or free meals/accommodation.
Working part time during your studies can be an excellent way to build up your CV and develop and enhance your transferrable skill whatever the nature of your work. Typically, we recommend that you work no more than 15-20 hours per week to make sure your part time job does not interfere with the time you have to study and complete your coursework.
Temporary work can be from a matter of a few days to a few years on a fixed term contract. Temporary work may be frequently found in administration roles or similar and can be a useful way to build a network, develop your skills and to gain experience in certain organisation. Temporary work (often through an agency) again, can often lead into a full time position. Longer term contracts, such as covering someone’s maternity leave or a fixed term contract for the duration of a project are again an excellent way to build a strong CV.
Working as a freelance employee can be an option in some areas of work. This tends to more of an option if you have a network of existing contacts established. Classically this type of work can be found in journalism, publishing, TV and media roles, marketing, PR etc. It may also be a possibility to find this type of role within administration. If you are interested in working freelance, come to Careers and we have several resources available to help you explore this option.
This could be an option for you if you have a good business idea. There are many advantages and disadvantages to self –employment so make sure you discuss this in detail before embarking on a career working for yourself. More information can be found here:
Seasonal work can be found in many industries, particularly those that involve tourism or retail. It can be a great way to find work abroad, travel and to build up your CV with new experience. And the great news is, you can start even before you graduate! Some seasonal employers specifically target students to fill their vacancies. Others can offer you opportunities to travel and earn money at the same time.
If you have considered working abroad either in the short, medium or long term you will find the Going Global web site an excellent resource. It features country profiles, job vacancies and information on how and when to apply for positions. Working abroad in the short term can not only be a fantastic opportunity but it will really add value to your CV. Find out more under our working abroad section