Job Shop Part-Time Jobs Fair: what’s it all about?


You’ve hopefully seen some mention around campus about our upcoming Part-Time Jobs Fair – but what’s it really all about and is it worth you coming? (Hint: it definitely is.)

On Tuesday 24th January from 11am – 2pm, the Job Shop will be welcoming a range of local and national companies into Commons as well as some on-campus employers. All of them will be there to promote their part-time vacancies which is extremely handy if you are looking for a job to support you alongside your studies.

Should I be looking for a part-time role while at university?
Everyone’s different – some people don’t find they need a job through university, but many are attracted to the two main benefits of having a part-time role… EXPERIENCE and EXTRA MONEY!

Of course extra cash is always useful, but some of the skills you can gain through working part-time may surprise you (and are also great at helping to add value to your CV). These skills include:

  • Experience working in a professional environment
  • Increased commercial awareness
  • Enhanced time-keeping skills
  • Experience in working as part of a team
  • Professional conduct with colleagues and customers
  • Problem solving experience

If you’re an international student, having a part-time job may also be helpful for improving your language skills and developing an awareness of the UK recruitment market (especially if you’re planning on staying here after you graduate).

So who’s going to be there?
The Fair is catering for a wide range of industries from hospitality and education to social care, the leisure industry and many more. Take a look for yourself:

Got more questions?
Feel free to get in touch with the Job Shop! You can call us on 01225 875864 oremail us at If you’d rather chat face-to-face, visit us at a drop-in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12pm – 2pm in Steward’s Lodge (we also have a drop-in every first Thursday of the month at Sion Hill by main reception).

See you next Tuesday!


Why Work During your Studies?


So, why is it a good idea to work alongside your degree? Firstly, EXTRA MONEY!

Of course there are other reasons as well! Having a part time job can provide you with an important addition to your CV: EXPERIENCE!

This can be great for demonstrating to a future, long-term employer that you have experience in a professional working environment. Some of the skills you could gain (and use to add value to your CV) include:

  • Problem-solving experience
  • Experience in working as part of a team
  • Enhanced time-keeping skills
  • Learning how to deal with colleagues and customers
  • Increased commercial awareness

If you’re an international student, having a part-time job could also help you to improve your language skills and develop an awareness of the UK recruitment market (especially if you’re planning on staying here after you graduate).

As well as all this, it’s an opportunity for you to learn about job-seeking strategies (very useful for the future when you’re looking for graduate roles) and a chance to meet new people and make new friends, which is always nice!

In addition, the Job Shop can help you gain SPECIFIC work experience – specific work experience is experience in a field that you want a career in after graduation. Showing that you have already worked in a certain field or environment will help to convince employers you are serious about your chosen career path.

Finally, having part-time work experience on your CV – whether it’s general or specific º will show your future graduate employer that you actually know what it’s like having a job!

For more information on any of the services the Job Shop offers, please email us at or phone us on 01225 875864.



Job Shop: who we are & what we do


Everyone loves a freebie! Our Job Shop is a FREE service, here to help all students find part-time jobs in the local area, including jobs available on campus.

It was set up to help students find opportunities (outside academic studies) to develop skills and experience required by graduate employers. The Job Shop also provides the opportunity to find well paid employment – as we all know, extra money always comes in handy! Close to 80% of Bath Spa University students have a part-time job while they study.

The most popular jobs are those on campus, as the work is convenient and usually very flexible, with a higher-than-average hourly rate – so expect high levels of competition! The most frequent and popular employers on campus include the Library, IT, Bath Spa Live, the Marketing Department and the Students Union. Job roles range from Library, IT and Commons helpers through to Student Ambassadors, events and bar staff… so there really is something for everyone!

We recommend that students work no more than 15 hours during term time – we’re not trying to be mean; we just want to ensure that you maintain a healthy work/study balance.

All of our employers are ‘student friendly’, which means that they understand your academic commitments, they will always pay at least national minimum wage and they meet our Code of Practice.

If you’re an international student, you will need a National Insurance Number (NINo) when you get a job – this is a unique personal number that is used to record your National Insurance (NI) contributions. Don’t worry: we can help you apply for this.

So, perhaps you’ve found a few jobs that you’d like to apply for, but you’ve got no idea where to start. Or maybe you just need a bit of extra support applying for a role. Apart from providing you with a large range of part-time jobs, we are also here to help you with your CV and covering letter, and to give you guidance on job applications and interview preparation.

We offer a drop-in service three days per week during term time (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12 -2 in Steward’s Lodge) designed for quick 10-minute queries. Alternatively, if you’d like a longer session, you can book a 1:1 appointment with us from ANY campus or accommodation block – we can’t be more flexible than that!


Finally, once a year we also take part in the ‘Student Employee of the Year’ awards – this is a national award, providing a fantastic opportunity for employees to be nominated for all their hard work in combining a part time job with their studies. If you’re lucky enough to be nominated and even win a (cash!) prize, then you’ll be invited to an awards ceremony on campus where we celebrate you!

For more information on any of the services the Job Shop offers, please email us at: or phone us on 01225 875864.