Part-time jobs

  • Jobshop October 2018
  • Looking for a part-time job while you study? Here are some of the ways Careers can help you.

    The Jobshop

    The Jobshop is a service for students ran by students. The Jobshop offers general careers and employment advice to students seeking part time or summer work, as well as promoting local part time and summer work opportunities that can fit around your studies.

    Jobshop opening hours

    The Jobshop is located in the JHBB Ground Floor, just outside Careers in the Forum.

    • Monday 11.30am - 2.30pm
    • Tuesday 11.30am - 2.30pm
    • Wednesday 11.30am - 2.30pm 
    • Thursday 11.30am - 2.30pm
    • Friday 11.30am - 2.30pm 


    Online Job Vacancy site

    View our current part-time vacancies by visiting our Job Vacancies site. The system will automatically register you when you login using your PIP username and password (or you can register as a graduate). You can filter for preferences.

    Job Vacancies »

    Jobshop Pop Ups

    Jobshop Pop Ups are a chance for you to meet employers on campus and discover part-time work opportunities directly. Jobshop Pop Ups take place just outside Careers in JHBB.

    Visit our Jobshop Facebook page for an up-to-date calendar of employer events, including Jobshop Pop Ups, employer presentations and career fairs.

    Jobshop Facebook page »

    On-campus job fairs

    We run career fairs where employers come on campus to promote opportunities they have within their organisation.

    Semester 1

    • Part-Time Jobs Fair - Tuesday 1st October 2019, 11am - 2pm, Forum, John Henry Brookes Building
    • Volunteer Fair  - Wednesday 2nd October 2018, 11am - 2pm, Forum, John Henry Brookes Building

    Semester 2

    You can find all of our events listed on our News and Events page.

    Looking for resources?

    Pick up our tip sheets at the Jobshop for advice on:

    • Where to find a local part-time job
    • Checklist for when applying for a part-time job
    • Minimum Wage and National Insurance Information
    • Tax Facts for Working Students
    • Tax Refunds
    • References
    • Brand Ambassadors and Who's Hiring?

    Once you have found a part-time job that you would like to apply for, Careers can help you with your application!

    Make a start by using the resources below and then bring in a copy of your application to Careers during our opening times

    Checklist for when applying for a part-time job

    ✔ Money: Ensure the role pays minimum wage or above.

    ✔ Availability: Let the employer know the hours you are available for. We recommend you work a maximum of 15 hours per week alongside your degree. Do not exceed your working hour's visa limit.

    ✔ Duties/responsibilities: Ask questions relating to your role prior to starting your new job.

    ✔ Transport: Ensure you are able to travel to and from your workplace safely, and that your salary covers any travel costs.

    Tax refunds

    There are a few reasons why students often end up paying more income tax than they need to – and without even knowing it.

    The most common situation is that when starting a part-time job, employers will often put you on an ‘emergency’ or incorrect tax code (PAYE code) if you don’t give them a copy of your P45 as evidence of your tax code.

    If you’re sure you have overpaid, download a P50 form. Fill this out and send it – along with parts 2 and 3 of your P45 – to HMRC (keep part 1 as a personal copy).

    If you’re still working but have noticed you’re paying too much tax – probably due to being on the wrong tax code – simply contact HMRC and tell them. They’ll advise you from there.

    Brand Ambassador Guide

    A Brand Ambassador’s job is to represent and promote a brand on campus. The work is varied and can include attending and supporting at employer-led events, organising and leading own events, data capture, providing competitor insights, Social media promotion, viral videos and competitions, auditing, merchandising, mystery shopping, providing product sampling and product demonstrations. You will usually be expected to run the campaign yourself and therefore you can expect to build up a portfolio of skills from the campaigns you work on.

    Come to the Jobshop and pick up a list of companies that are hiring for Brand Ambassadors now!

    Where to find a local part-time job

    The Oxford Brookes Careers online jobs portal is the best place to start. We have built up good relationships with local companies and encourage all to post their vacancies here with us. We have on average 700-800 vacancies available each week.

    Local shops, bars and restaurants often advertise for staff through a notice in their window. You should follow companies that you are interested in on LinkedIn and other social media platforms to find out when they are hiring.

    Types of references

    An Academic reference highlights a student’s academic history, character, and academic and/or career goals.

    A Professional reference is typically a current or former employer, colleague, client, vendor, supervisor or someone else who has first-hand knowledge and can recommend you for employment.

    A Personal reference, also known as a character reference, is a reference provided by an individual who knows you and can vouch for your character and abilities, personal references are often used if you don’t have a professional reference or to support a professional reference.

    We recommend you contact your referee before giving out their contact details to ensure they are happy to be contacted by a potential employer, if they are happy to proceed it’s a good idea to get their preferred contact method. If it’s not clear what the employer is asking for from a reference contact the organisation and ask for clarification.

    Come and pick up our Hot Tips sheets at the Jobshop for further advice.