I graduated from City, University of London in 2017 with a 1st class degree in BSc Business Studies. Since then, I have been working in the Careers Service at City as Micro-Placements Programme Coordinator in the Employer Engagement team. I coordinate The Micro-Placements Programme. The programme is an initiative that provides students with an opportunity to take on short-term, working projects at an employer’s office in the summer.
Why did you start temping through Unitemps at City?
As a former City student, I was looking for flexible working roles to fit around my studies and provide extra income to support me during my time as a student. I approached Unitemps due to the convenience of them being on campus. I learned that they were a service that I felt had the student’s best interests at heart. The first role I applied for was a Marketing Student Ambassador. I carried out this job for the duration of my undergraduate degree. Moving forward, the simplicity of the Unitemps Recruitment platform and the City student-specific jobs role encouraged me to apply for further roles thereafter.
What kinds of roles have you taken on in your temping career through Unitemps at City?
As mentioned before, my first role working as a Marketing Student Ambassador was convenient. Working on campus in a familiar environment allowed me to balance my education and work priorities well. Therefore other roles have also been City related such as; providing support at the University Open days and Taster days. After graduating, I approached Unitemps to build up my work experience and took on a temporary Marketing and Events role in City’s Careers Service.
How did the flexibility of temping help you?
The flexibility element was one of the main reasons why I approached Unitemps. My University workload was quite intense so I did not want to commit to a job that was fixed and could not work around my studies. Therefore, the fact that many of the roles I took on through Unitemps were temporary and allowed me to choose the hours I would work enabled me to balance my studies with gaining valuable work experience and an income concurrently. In addition after graduating, the flexibility of the jobs offered allowed me to again build up my work experience and gain an insight into different career paths I could take.
What skills has your role(s) through Unitemps given you?
I have developed a number of practical skills that have been invaluable to me. The most important ones have been project management, administration, verbal and written communication, time management, the list is endless!
If you could give temps one piece of advice, what would it be?
Take full advantage of the Unitemps Service, particularly if you are a City student. Unitemps source many opportunities that are exclusive to City students. This is very beneficial given the competitiveness of the job market. Build your experience and network. An internship that was meant to last for three weeks ended up becoming a fixed term role that I applied for. Without Unitemps, I may never have had the experience to apply for my current role.
What are you doing now? (if relevant)
I am now working as Micro-Placements Programme Coordinator in the City Careers service. The programme provides students with an opportunity to take on exciting projects at an employer’s office in the summer.
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