How important is it to gain some work experience during your time at Aston?

The answer is simple: very! 

Experience in the real world of work shows placement and graduate employers that you've gone beyond your academic studies to gain employability skills. In a competitive placement and graduate jobs market, work experience is highly valued and could be the difference between you landing a role or not.

A paid part-time job not only helps boost your CV, but can also boost your bank balance while you're studying. Employers across the region offer flexible opportunities that you can fit around your studies and commitments.

Volunteering is a win-win: the organisation gains support in delivering its service and you gain valuable experience in the working world. Approved volunteer work can be added to your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

What do we mean by employability skills?

Employability skills are essential in a variety of roles and careers, whether it be in retail or radiography. You may not find them explicitly mentioned in job descriptions, but that doesn't mean employers aren't looking for them. Here are just a few examples:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Initiative

In interviews, it's likely you'll be asked to give examples of where you've shown these skills, and work experience gained through part-time work or volunteering makes answering these questions much easier. 

How can the JobShop help?

The JobShop team is on hand to help Aston students develop their early work experience and find part-time or voluntary roles to fit around their studies. They also offer CV support and advice on applying for roles, as well as help with interview preparation.

In addition, the team runs a range of events during the academic year where you'll have the chance to chat with employers. Keep an eye on our social media channels or Aston Futures for more details.

Start your search now

All of the vacancies which the JobShop source are added onto Aston Futures. Log in using your Aston student username and password. 

Although we recommend using Aston Futures to start your search, we know it isn’t the only job portal available. Here are some links to some other suggested sites you can use to help you with your search:

Get in touch

Book an appointment with a member of the JobShop team via Aston Futures.

Tel: 0121 204 4844
Visit us: Careers and Placements Centre, Main Building, South Wing, First Floor. Head to contact us for our latest opening times.


Are you an employer looking to recruit a student? Visit our recruitment support page for further information.