JobShop FAQs

The most common questions asked by students.

The JobShop team get asked a lot of questions about part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities, so we've put them together in one place.

How do I get help finding a part-time or volunteering role?

Log in into Aston Futures, where our part-time and voluntary opportunities are advertised. The JobShop team keeps in touch with local employers and charities to find out what vacancies they have. Thousands of vacancies are advertised on Aston Futures every year – many of these exclusive to Aston University students. Aston Futures is also where placements, internships and graduate roles are advertised. 

Where are the jobs based?

Any jobs linked to the JobShop/on Aston Futures will be located in the West Midlands area, with many situated close to campus.

Can I find a weekend job?

Employers understand you're a student and many are flexible to your needs, including offering weekend work.

When is the best time to look for work experience?

Begin as soon as you start university – preferably in your first term. It gives you a head start to build your employability skills and your CV. 

What types of part-time jobs does the JobShop advertise?

The JobShop liaises with all sorts of organisations within a variety of sectors including marketing, care, administration, hospitality, retail and many more. Take a look at Aston Futures to see the wide variety of exciting opportunities we have for you.

What types of volunteering roles do the JobShop advertise? 

Most of our advertised volunteering opportunities are course-related. We advertise roles that are related to business (administration, marketing & HR) as well as roles in befriending, IT and admin support. Take a look at Aston Futures to see the wide variety of exciting opportunities available.

Why should I get a part-time role?

Part-time jobs are a fantastic way to gain real-life examples of your skills in skills in action which will be perfect for your placement and graduate interviews later down the line, as all employers want to see evidence that you have some form of work experience. It tells them that you're self-motivated and that you understand the expectations an employer has of you. Plus there’s the added benefit of earning some money.

Why should I look for a volunteering role?

Aside from the valuable contribution you'll be making, working for a charity gives you the opportunity to experience an industry that relates to your course. You'll develop many transferable skills such as working as part of a team, dealing with people and overcoming obstacles. Approved volunteer work can also be added to your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

What are the other benefits of work experience?

It'll give you an insight into the working world, you’ll develop a range of transferable skills and you’ll make new connections. It's also a great training ground for your placement or graduate career search, as you’ll gain experience applying for jobs and handling interviews.

Do I need a CV to apply for a part-time job or volunteering role?

Yes, you do. But don’t worry if you don’t have one yet. Book an appointment with the JobShop and we'll advise you on how to put your part-time work CV together.

You'll need a CV in the future when you're seeking your placement or looking for your graduate job, so this is a great chance to start working on it. You can develop it over time – your new work experience will need to be added for a start!

Will I need to attend an interview?

Almost every role you apply for will involve an interview, even if it’s quite informal. As with your CV, we can help you prepare for it, and it'll be great practice for your placement and graduate job searches.

Should I get work experience related to my degree?

Not necessarily. Whether it’s connected to your degree or not, work experience teaches you skills that help you become more employable. These may include teamwork, thinking for yourself, interpersonal behaviour and even simple things like punctuality.

How many hours do you recommend I work?

We don’t recommend working more than 20 hours per week during term-time – your studies must come first! If you're an international student, your visa could restrict your working hours. For more information about visa restrictions please contact the Hub

What is a National Insurance number and how do I get one?

You can’t work without a National Insurance number. If you're a British student, you should have one already. If you're an EU/ International student, please contact the Hub for advice.

How do I know if I need to pay income tax?

It's a myth that students are exempt from taxation. If they earn enough, students pay tax along with the rest of the working population. The only way to avoid paying tax is by remaining below your personal tax allowance. Find out more about paying tax as a student.

Who can help me with employment issues? e.g. I've not been paid.

Firstly, raise the issue with your employer. You'll probably find it's resolved easily. If not, or you need advice, there's always someone here at the JobShop to help. We won’t contact employers on your behalf, but we will advise and support you. 

Got further questions? Get in touch:

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

Tel: 0121 204 4844
Email: jobshop@aston.ac.uk 
Visit us: South Wing, First Floor (SW105). Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm.