Posted by: emilygilmour | March 8, 2015

The perks of having a part-time job on campus

… and what Newcastle University has to offer!
Here at Newcastle University, there are a variety of different jobs on campus that we can apply for. From Student Ambassador to Jobs on Campus, there’s always some opportunity that you can get your hands on. I’m a Student Mentor, and the job doesn’t require me to work regularly, so it would be ideal for those that are wanting some experience (with a bit of cash). However, there are varying degrees of responsibility for each different position, meaning that there is a job for everyone. Here’s a little run-down of just some of the opportunities we have at Newcastle:


Student Mentor:

Although there are voluntary positions within the different faculties, this Student Mentor role is a paid position for the ‘Inspiring Minds’ Scheme, which has an aim of raising the attainment and aspiration levels of secondary school pupils within the area. We deliver sessions to students in Year 9, 10 and 11, with workshops exploring topics such as CV’s, entrepreneurship and degrees. We attend schools roughly once a month, however there are also campus-based events throughout the scheme and communication with the mentees via an e-mentoring platform. I love working as a Student Mentor not only because it is rewarding, but it is also a great way of improving your communication, organisation and presentation skills. This position is great for anyone who is interested in teaching, passionate about education and wants experience working with children. Applications usually open in September.

Student Ambassador:

The role of a Student Ambassador is to inform prospective students about the “student experience”, and what Newcastle University has to offer, through a variety of different events. The job supports the Marketing and Recruitment Directorate, the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering and the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in aspiration-raising and recruitment activities. You would be notified via email on jobs where ambassadors are needed, which includes: leading campus and accommodation tours; delivering presentations in local schools and representing the university at higher education recruitment events. Stacy Williams said that “I like being a student ambassador because it allows you to see the people that will become part of the university. Also, it’s nice to be a friendly face on open days.” Similarly to the Student Mentor role, applications usually open in September.

Jobs on Campus:

Colloquially named JobsOC, this is an on-campus jobs agency that offers casual work placements within the University for students. If offered a position, you will be entered into a Student Temp pool with job opportunities in a variety of different sectors such as hospitality, catering, I.T and events. Benjamin Brown, a JobsOC temp, stated that “apart from being a fantastic way to earn extra money to support my studies, JobsOC has also given me the chance to work with a great group of people and make some valuable additions to my CV.” This is another flexible job that enables students to stay committed to their degree, whilst gaining an income. Applications for this position open on 9th March 2015 and can be found on the Careers Service Vacancies.

Acommodation Tour Guide:

For first years, there is the opportunity to provide accommodation tours in your halls of residence during parts of the year when prospective student attend Open and Visit Days. Lizzie Garvey from Central Link states that “This job gave me the chance to increase my public speaking and communication skills, whilst being flexible around my degree and providing me with a bit of income. I’d recommend this to anyone… So long as you can tidy up your flat in time!” This job would be suitable for somebody that would like to promote and give back to the university, but without the responsibilities of a “proper” part-time job. This position can be sent to students via email or found on the university’s website, so be on the lookout throughout the year!

The part-time jobs on-campus are designed for students, so that they can balance their workload, extra curricular activities and social life with their job. These are just a few of the opportunities that are provided on-campus for University students. If you would like any more information, the Careers Service has a drop-in service Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm, and they would be happy to provide you with tips and advice too! And remember, the JobsOC applications open on 9th March!

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