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Working 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.

Creating a new CV? The CV Builder tool on Solent Futures Online will help you to create a professional, ATS-friendly CV to suit your skills and experience.

Want to get 50 plus checks done on your CV in seconds? Upload it to CV360 for instant feedback.

One to one support

For one-to-one support from the Solent Futures team, you can drop in to The Workshop (JM108), no appointment necessary. Wheelchair access is through The Spark Atrium. We also offer virtual advice appointments up to 20 minutes in length. Book through Solent Online Learning. You can also email

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.

Download our leaflet for Solent Futures support finding part-time work. 

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.

Want to work on campus? Solent University employs students for a variety of work through Campus Jobs.

Does your course have a placement? Your course may have a placement element of anywhere up to a year. Find out more about placements and course related work experience.