Katy Scott, International Officer (Eurasia and South Asia) of the University of Glasgow, opens up about the importance of international students gaining part time work experience. She tells us that it’s highly important for students to gain experience and skills associated to working in a different country. Students of the University of Glasgow can work up to 20 hours per week during term time- she lets us know. The type of work students choose is completely up to them and must be in balance with their study time to ensure it leaves enough time for them to study.
She says job shops are available on campus for students looking for work and jobs are also advertised online and on campus. Employers may keep the university posted about their job openings or opportunities for summertime internships. She says that apart from jobs, related to their academic field, students can also choose from jobs that focus on administration work or even restaurant work, involve themselves in tutoring or office work. On campus, she assures us that overall there are plenty of opportunities for students to do work on the side of their studies.
She points out that the key point is that students must keep in mind that they’re making a huge investment in a degree abroad and that they should take caution not to jeopardise it by spending too much of their time on part-time work. She feels that it is crucial for students to balance studies and work.
As per visa regulations, Katty says students can work up to 20 hours per week, whereas as a University, Glasgow encourages students to perform work no more than 16 hours per week.