Are there graduate part-time jobs?

Written by Calvin Bowers

Much like the growing trend for remote jobs, now more than ever, people are searching for graduate part-time jobs. While some graduates know exactly what career they want as soon as they leave university, for many others, this is not the case. Getting a part-time job after you graduate is a great way to explore your options and continue side projects, while still earning money.

How many hours is part-time

There is no strict definition of part-time work. A job can be any number of hours under full time and still be classed as part-time. Full-time hours are usually between 35-40 hours a week, so any weekly hours less than this will most likely be classed as part-time. Typically, part-time jobs range between 10 and 25 hours. Part-time workers have the same rights as full-time workers and are protected from unfair treatment by the law.

5 Graduate part-time jobs 

  1. Tutoring

Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, there has been an increase in the availability of online tutoring jobs. You can be a tutor in any subject or skill, and while this is usually for children, there are many adults who also requiring tutoring of some kind. Whether it’s to help a child learn an instrument or prepare for an exam or help an adult learn another language, tutoring is a great job you can do part-time and flexibly to fir your schedule.

  1. Working at your university

You might have thought you had said goodbye to your university, but for those looking for graduate part-time jobs, local universities are a great place to look. Universities tend to have many casual hours and part-time jobs in administration, marketing, project management and student advice.

  1. Childcare

For those who think they may want to work with children in the future, getting a part-time job in childcare is a great place to start. You could be a nanny or a childminder for a particular family; picking them up from school and looking after them while their parents are at work. Or you could work for a nursery or primary school supporting the children as they learn.

  1. Freelance work

A great way to be in charge of your time at work is to work freelance. Working freelance means being self-employed and being hired by different organisations for different jobs or services. While freelance can be challenging at first, it’s a great way to plan your work around your life. Some freelance careers include copywriting, journalism, artist, web development and photographer.

  1. Care work

Similarly to childcare, there are lots of opportunities for part-time care jobs across the UK. Care work is a varied and broad sector covering older people, vulnerable adults, disabled people and children with additional needs. As many people require care around the clock, they are options to take on part-time shifts.

For more information on graduate part-time jobs, visit our guide to graduate careers.

Last Updated: Monday November 29 2021
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