Careers Service

Where to look for part time jobs

Working for the University

The university has a jobs website where roles in administration, estates, academia and support services are advertised. However, many of these will be full time and not suitable for students.

Although there are opportunities across the university for part time or casual work not all will be advertised widely. Take a proactive approach, select the areas of the University that interest you and ask them directly whether they have any positions available. Prepare a CV and try to make a good impression.

Student ambassadors and guides

  • The International Relations team recruit students each year to be Student Ambassadors and to provide support to our new students during Orientation and Welcome each September. There are a variety of roles from staffing welcome desks in Halls of Residence, to delivering social events, collecting students at the airport and supporting at the Start of Year Fair. Oportunities are advertised around Feb / March time on CareersLink.
  • The International Programmes Office (IPO) recruits Global Guidance Ambassadors (GGAs) to work regular part-time hours for a full academic year. Only current undergraduate students who have studied or worked abroad as part of their University of Manchester degree are eligible to apply. The GGAs support the work of the IPO in promoting international opportunities at The University of Manchester: helping out at our events and offering support and guidance to students interested in going abroad. GGAs also have the opportunity to develop and lead their own projects to support the IPO’s work over the year. The application opens in late July, training takes place mid-September and the GGAs start work at the beginning of Semester 1. information, including full eligibility criteria and details of how to apply
  • Development and Alumni Relations Event Ambassadors. The Division runs a wide range of events and activities throughout the academic year. You will have the opportunity to meet some of our speakers and engage with some of the University’s most cutting edge academics, alumni and friends. We welcome applications from current students who have the necessary skills and enthusiasm to help us make our events run smoothly. To request information about opportunities and apply email
  • Other student ambassador programmes are available - ask in your school for further details.
  • The University recruits students to provide guided historical tours around campus. The jobs are posted here

Other jobs on campus

  • Brand managers - you may work for an organisation to raise their profile on campus and improve recruitment. These opportunities are advertised on CareersLink
  • Students' Union - bar / shop staff and other roles are advertised on the SU website.
  • Work for HORNET at the University Part Time IT support for Halls of residence.
  • Shops and cafes on campus often recruit simply by putting a poster in their window - keep a look out.

Jobs in the local area

Many businesses don't bother to formally advertise part-time jobs because they know they will get enough interest. Here are a few tips:

  • Large shops, stores and bar / hotel chains may advertise on their own websites.
  • SU job shop advertises a range of jobs around Manchester
  • You can also find vacancies by asking around at shops, bars and restaurants. Many advertise vacancies in their windows. The best way to find these jobs is walk around the city centre and ask.
  • Don't just look along Oxford Road, where you compete with thousands of other students looking for work. Check the city centre and areas like Didsbury, Withington and Stockport, all accessible via public transport.
  • Follow Job Centre Plus Manchester on Twitter @JCP in Manchester to find out about part time and casual jobs in Manchester and especially the Oxford Road corridor!
  • Use your networks and social media Get some tips on using Twitter and LinkedIn effectively to find opportunities.

Applying for part-time jobs

Part-time opportunities cover a huge range of roles, some will require very specific skills or experience while others are looking for more general skills that many students will have. Most jobs will require an application, often a CV. Therefore, you will have to demonstrate relevant skills and possibly experience that match the needs of the role. If you are a new student or new to the UK you may not have much work experience to talk about these are our recommendations.