Christianah Babajide, a second year law student at City, University of London looks at how Unitemps enhances the student experience.
Take on a variety of roles
University can be expensive so finding a part-time or temporary job is important for most students. During my time at university, I’ve had a variety of jobs through Unitemps. This ranges from representing my university, modelling for the undergraduate prospectus to giving campus tours and assisting on applicant days.
Unitemps is a recruitment service that offers part-time and temporary work on campus. They offer interesting assignments, excellent rates of pay, holiday pay and complete flexibility around your studies. With Unitemps, you can earn while you learn, gain valuable work experience and develop your skills for the graduate job market. Let’s look at the key benefits of working with Unitemps.
Represent your university
Many of the jobs advertised on Unitemps involve representing your university on and off-campus. There are lots of opportunities to work as a Student Ambassador at open days, UCAS fairs and even during postgraduate open evenings. You have the chance to speak proudly about the historical developments and progression of your university to prospective students. You can do all of this and earn while you learn!
One of my favourite jobs was going out to schools and colleges and talking first-hand about my law degree. I provided an overview of my university experience. The students found it much easier relating to student ambassadors. They are relatively close to their age group and will provide a genuine unscripted view of their university experience. I really enjoyed talking to the students one-on-one and being part of the decision-making process that is choosing a university.
Gain long term placements
Working through Unitemps significantly enhances employability. Unitemps doesn’t just offer temporary assignments. They help to generate six weeks or longer paid internships, undergraduate and graduate opportunities. These can turn into into a job offer for the ideal candidate. Additionally, Unitemps provides practical help for student finances whilst allowing students to add skills to their CV, LinkedIn profiles and experience new roles that may be out of their comfort zone.
Develop transferable skills
I had to give a speech on an open day about my student experience at City in front of a large group of people. This was terrifying at first. But, with hindsight, it improved my public speaking skills and boosted my confidence. The key transferable skills gained from these roles increase your chance of finding employment once you have graduated. Just to name a few, I have gained strong communication and interpersonal skills which are applicable to my chosen field, regarding client interaction and being a people person.
The benefits derived from working through Unitemps include improvements to my studies through greater self-confidence in my abilities, motivation, and time management. Prior to working with Unitemps, I had poor time management skills and was not very punctual. However, since I began working for them, I have become an expert at timekeeping and can organise my schedule better.
My various roles have boosted my CV and helped me develop personally. I’ve had the opportunity to sharpen my people skills, such as communication and problem-solving and improve my telephone manner. I have also learned to be a good team player as well as how to work independently and take full responsibility for my work. I have really grown in self-confidence over the last two years through the different jobs I’ve taken on, by not focusing on the jobs in which I was weaker but where my key strengths lie.
Unique student experience
It goes without saying that working through Unitemps has enhanced my student experience on campus. Through giving campus tours and being informed about the university, I have been able to navigate my way to seminars quicker and have also learnt things about my university that I didn’t know before.
More importantly, I have built a strong network of friendships and connections during my years as a Student Ambassador. I have also had the chance to try out a variety of different jobs which have helped to develop my skills. In fact, my positive Unitemps experience has motivated me to apply to become a Senior Student Ambassador in my final year of study. Being a Student Ambassador has been an immensely rewarding experience and I’d recommend it to anyone starting university.
The benefits I will be taking away from my Unitemps experience is enhancing my employability, improving my time management, and most importantly, networking with others to form strong connections at the university.
Last updated on 23 August 2022Share this article