Campus jobs - work while studying
The importance of work experience during university
You will probably engage in a variety of different types of work during your time at university. This experience is valued by employers as the majority prefer prospective employees with work experience as well as a degree.
There is competition for most part-time roles, and you should make sure you put together a good CV or application. For one to one support from the Solent Futures team, we also offer virtual advice appointments up to 20 minutes in length. Book through Solent Online Learning. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to look for opportunities
Solent Futures Online advertises a range of opportunities including full-time and part-time jobs, placements, voluntary opportunities, and work experience. Some opportunities are exclusive to Solent University students and graduates.
There is an abundance of part-time job opportunities locally in Southampton. The majority of these are in retail, hospitality, catering, care, leisure and tourism. Look in the city centre, but also in areas such as Shirley, Portswood and Bitterne, which are all within a few miles of Solent University. Westquay and the Marlands shopping centres are good starting points for retail opportunities, and the bars and restaurants in Above Bar Street, Westquay Watermark, Bedford Place and Oxford Street frequently advertise vacancies. Casual work at St Mary's Stadium is also an option worth investigating.
Work on campus
As well as external vacancies, another option is the chance to work on campus, employed by Solent University Services Ltd. See below for more information about Campus Jobs.
Information for international students
If you are an international student, you may have restrictions on how many hours you can work. Check out our page that covers general issues on visas and working in the UK.
Campus Jobs - work for Solent University
As well as external vacancies, another option is the chance to work on campus, employed by Solent University Services Ltd for Campus Jobs. See below for more information about Campus Jobs
Campus Jobs is the University's recruitment service for student opportunities on campus.
Applying for jobs
If no jobs are showing, you can set up a job alert on Solent Futures Online (find out how by watching this video) and you will be notified when a new campus job is advertised.
Applying for a campus job requires the same care you should give to any job application. Read the advertisement carefully and provide all the information requested. Don't forget to provide contact details. You might want to use the CV 360 tool on Solent Futures Online to check your CV is ready to be submitted before applying for a campus job.
You can access further support on CVs and applications here.
Depending on the role, you may be contacted to be interviewed for the role. We advise you practice using the interview simulator tool on Solent Futures Online to help you prepare, or book a mock interview with one of our Careers Advisers on Solent Online Learning.
Frequently asked questions
I have been appointed to a Campus Jobs role, how do I get paid?
Step 1 – Register with Payroll here
Step 2 – Claim your hours using the VT system (you will have received information from your supervisor on how to do this)
Step 3 - Meet payroll deadlines to ensure you are paid on time
Where do I access my payslip?
Your payslip can be accessed via your MyView system.
I have a query over the amount I have been paid -
Please contact email@example.com
I was sick for the days I was due to work – will I still get paid?
You are not entitled to company sick pay but you may be entitled to statutory sick pay dependant on your previous earnings at the University.
To be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) you must be sick for four calendar days or more and have average weekly earnings of £120 in the two pay periods prior to your period of sickness. If eligible, you will receive £13.69 SSP per day from day four of your sickness (£95.85 per week). For further details please contact a member of the payroll team.
In order to determine this, you must enter details of your sickness on MyView, for all CALENDAR days you were absent. If you are sick for more than seven calendar days you must obtain a fit note from you GP. Please contact your line manager for instruction on how to send this securely and confidentially to the payroll department at Solent.
I would like a reference for the work that I did for Campus Jobs
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to provide your employer with the dates that you worked. You may want to ask your supervisor if they will write you a reference for your LinkedIn profile after you have completed your Campus Jobs role.
The Government's auto-enrolment pension scheme will affect some Campus Jobs workers. Read this information from the University Finance Service for more information about pensions and auto-enrolment.
Campus Jobs documentation
When you have been appointed to a Campus Jobs role, your line manager will provide you (via email) with documents relating to your role, which will include an offer letter and a link to the Campus Jobs terms and conditions. A reference copy of the terms and conditions will be available to Campus Jobs workers on My View. You can also download a copy here.
Please refer to the Campus Jobs privacy notice for information about how, what and why we hold your data in relation to Campus Jobs.