Part-time work

Part-time or temporary work may be necessary to boost your bank balance, but it is also an opportunity to improve your CV and develop the skills and experiences that graduate employers look for.

LSE allows 15 hours of part-time work per week in term-time and depending on your visa, you may work full time during vacations.  You must not miss lectures or classes in order to work and always ensure you prioritise your academic work if committing to a part time job.  

Working on campus

Most part time positions on campus are advertised between September and November.  Vacancies may arise at any time but work on campus is popular and competition for places high.  Work is normally basic administration, event stewarding and postering but pay is reasonably good and departments will understand your academic demands and be willing to be flexible.

  • LSE CareerHub  -  LSE Careers vacancy board, lists all part-time and casual work suitable for students on campus.  
  • LSE Student Union  - jobs page. LSESU may advertise its jobs only on its own website.
  • Academic departments -  contact departments directly for information about Graduate Teaching Assistants and availability of any student research assistant positions.

Options with LSE Careers

Volunteering can give you valuable experience and transferable skills, a network of contacts and allows you to help a worthwhile cause.  The Volunteer Centre| at LSE Careers can advise you on how to find opportunities and make the most of volunteering, and advertises voluntary opportunities on CareerHub|.

LSE Careers arranges Parliamentary Internships|, which offer 15 hours per week interning in parliament. The scheme is open to postgraduate students at LSE and applications open in early October.

Working outside the school

Bars, restaurants and shops can be flexible about working hours so are popular choices if you need to work during term time. They often put jobs vacancy notices in their windows, but you can also just ask if they need more staff.  If you take this approach, try to speak to whoever is in charge of hiring rather than just leaving your CV; being friendly, confident and proactive counts.

Tutoring someone in your subject may be an option; there are many sites where you can search for positions or place advertisements, but ensure you agree terms and contracts and speak to the Careers Service if in doubt.  

Temping agencies are a good option for work during holidays or evenings, but you'll need to take a proactive approach and contact them regularly to ask for work after your initial registration.  

  • LSE CareerHub -  lists part-time jobs around London in a wide range of companies. Often they are looking specifically to recruit an LSE student.
  • Employment 4 Students - lists other part-time jobs in London.
  • Just Jobs 4 Students - lists other part-time jobs in London.
  • Student Gems  -  a temping agency that makes use of your skills to match you with suitable part-time projects.

Visas, national insurance and tax

UK law specifies that all workers, including students, must be paid the national minimum wage for work. In reality the distinction between part time and voluntary work can be hard to define and work undertaken as part of your study can be unpaid.  Read through the information on the UKCISA website and know your rights.  If in doubt, speak to LSE Careers.

Student visas normally allow you to work the School's recommended 15 hours a week of part-time work during term, but 'vacation' time varies depending on your visa and programme of study. The International student advisers at the Students' Union Advice Centre can help with queries about your student visa.

Everyone working in the UK must have a national insurance number, but you only pay tax if you earn above the annual salary threshold; visit the HM Revenue and Customs website for full details.

Applying for a part-time job

Most applications will be by CV| together with a cover letter|. Make sure that you submit an adjusted version of your CV and covering letter, suitable for part-time work.

Whether meeting an employer face-to-face or contacting them by telephone, make sure you are prepared in terms of what you say and how you dress, as first impressions count!

Ensure you know the basics, i.e. the job title of the vacancy you’re interested in and the job reference number and/or contact name if appropriate. Also be sure to have any relevant information that the employer may want from you to hand, including your telephone number, email address or details about your experience and availability.

They may wish to contact you at a later date so it might be useful to keep a notebook with details of the different roles you are applying for to avoid confusion.

You may also want to find out more about the job to ascertain that the position is suitable, for example finding out the number of hours or days a week you’d be expected to work. Be careful not to ask questions that have already been answered in the original job advertisement as this may call your attention to detail into question.

Rehearse your questions beforehand to ensure you come across clear, confident and concise as this is the first opportunity for the employer to assess your communication and language skills.

If you have been successful in your application you will be invited for an interview| so again you must be prepared!

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