I just finished my undergraduate degree in Nutrition at the University of Surrey and Unitemps was an important part of my academic journey. Since I was moving to a new country for the first time, I searched for ways I could make my student life more enjoyable. I also wanted to become more independent, personally and financially. While I wanted to focus on my studies, a part-time job with a flexible schedule, was the ideal situation for me to achieve this goal.
When did you sign up for Unitemps?
So it happened, I was lucky enough that during fresher’s week. I was advised by final year students to sign up with Unitemps. I was advised they offer a plethora of part-time job opportunities inside the university and in the local area. To register, all you have to do is set up an account with Unitemps and allow notifications to be alerted of any available opportunities.
Engaging with Unitemps from my first year meant that I had to prepare my CV and write a few cover letters. I found this was useful for my placement year and my first official professional working experience. I received emails daily notifying me of available work opportunities in the area.
What kinds of roles have you taken?
Since I wanted to engage more with the university I applied to work at university open and applicant days. This involved guiding, talking and answering questions to prospective students about the course and the Bioscience department in general. This year I worked as a lab demonstrator in the biosciences labs. It was exciting to share my academic and professional work experience during university. I could not believe how I could engage more on campus. I met many of my lecturers personally, interacted and communicated with new students while getting paid for my time.
Did working for Unitemps fit around your studies?
The flexibility of finding work opportunities through Unitemps, allowed me to focus on my studies. This worked especially well during my 4th and final year. During this time your free time is much limited due to the dissertation being added to the timetable. In specific months that I felt I could fit more on my schedule, I applied to work in additional smaller events. For example, I worked at a Halloween event located at “The Village” at Guildford town centre. I was looking after young children that participated in various fun activities. We all need a break from writing reports and reading research papers, why not wear a fancy Halloween costume and play with children while earning some money. I realised, once I first worked at these events, the university kept asking the same team to work on upcoming events, through Unitemps.
Would you encourage others to work for Unitemps?
I would recommend that new students who are interested in these positions to sign up with Unitemps and update their CV as soon as possible so that they do not miss any opportunities. It is really easy to sign up, turn on email notifications. You will find the perfect part-time job without even having to search for it. It is a win-win situation since you gain professional experience and earn money while having plenty of time to focus on your studies.
Last updated on 5 November 2021Share this article