Getting started with part-time work

Discover how we support you to find part-time work in Portsmouth while studying


If you've not had a job before, part-time work is a great way to develop skills and gain experience. Find out more about the types of part-time jobs available, and some of the things you should consider when thinking about part-time work. 


Getting started with part-time work




From balancing work and study, to applying to part-time jobs, we talk through everything you need to know and answer your questions!



Types of part-time jobs

It might be difficult to find part-time work that directly relates to your studies. However, part-time jobs can help you to build experience and valuable transferable skills, such as organisation, team-working, and much more! You could find part-time work in:

  • Restaurants, cafes and bars
  • Retail stores and supermarkets
  • Seasonal jobs 

Find out more about types of part-time work

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Things to check when looking at part-time jobs

There are a few factors you should think about before starting your search for part-time work:

There are several different types of contract that might be available to you as a part-time worker:

  • Seasonal contracts
  • Zero-hour contracts
  • Part-time contracts

Find out about more different contract types

If you are working part-time, you will be entitled to receive National Minimum Wage, which is calculated depending on your age.

  • Your employer should list how often you will be paid, in your contract.
  • TargetJobs have a page on your employment rights
  • Students are not exempt from paying tax. You can find out more about paying tax on the website.

Get more advice on salary and tax

Having a part-time job is a great way to build your transferrable skills, but make sure you are taking time to look after yourself too!

  • Ensure you are giving yourself enough time to work on your studies 
  • Make sure you are organised and plan your time effectively
  • Take time out for yourself to rest, take part in hobbies, and see your friends!

Balancing work and study

Another important consideration is the location of your part-time job. You should think about how long it will take you to travel: 

  • Use journey planners to help you plan your journey
  • Aim to find a part-time job locally
  • Always check local transport links

Plan your journey