This article will explain how to look for a part-time job and the help available from Purple Door.

How do I look for a part-time job?

Many students look for part-time employment while studying at university to earn extra money or to gain additional skills.

This could be anything from bar and restaurant work to retail and customer service roles. This may involve working during the evenings, on weekends and on free days during the week.

Purple Door can support you in a number of ways, from providing information and support with your CV to using MyPurpleDoor to find jobs available in the area. As a University of Portsmouth student, you get free access to this system!

MyPurpleDoor has hundreds of part-time vacancies across many different sectors. You can log in very easily with your university username and password. Once logged in, you will be taken to your own dashboard which you can update and personalise to get notified about the jobs and events that interest you!

Purple Door can help you find a part-time job, by advertising part-time vacancies with local employers on the MyPurpleDoor Jobs Board and with information on preparing your CV for part-time work.  

If you would like to speak to someone about finding or applying for part-time work, drop-in to Purple Door at any time during our opening hours.

Can I work part-time at the University?

The University of Portsmouth has a large range part-time jobs offered to our students that will easily fit around your studies. Jobs vary and can either be part-time during term-time, short contracts or during the summer.

Below is a list of some of the roles advertised with the University of Portsmouth’s employability service, Purple Door, from across campus and various departments.

  • Telephone Fundraisers and Interviewers
  • IT Helpers
  • Faculty Administrators
  • Building Monitors, Halls assistants, Domestic workers
  • Faculty Student Guides
  • International Student Ambassadors
  • Mentors, Ambassadors and Marketing Assistants
  • Student Liaison Assistant
  • Elections Assistants
  • Graduation Staff and Gowning Assistants
  • Clearing and Admissions Assistants

How can I apply for these jobs?

A majority of part-time jobs at the University are advertised on MyPurpleDoor online and you can also approach departments direct.

I am a non UK student, are there any restrictions to the number of hours that I can work? 

If you are an International Student or Croatian Student, there are restrictions on the hours that you can work during the term and vacations while you are studying at the University. Please see this article on working hours for more information.

I am an International Student and my employer has asked me for a ‘work letter’ as evidence of my study

The International Office at the University does not provide a ‘work letter’ for students.  Your visa or biometric resident permit is sufficient evidence that you are allowed to work. The International Office can provide you with key dates of the academic year, which can also be found on the University Website. If, however, your employer continues to insist on proof of enrolment at the University then please contact University House to provide a confirmation of studies letter.

Where can I get further information and advice?

Purple Door, the University of Portsmouth’s employability service, have a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can drop-in at Purple Door at any time during our opening hours or call us on +44 (0) 23 9284 2684. You can also access a wide range of information and advice on our website at www.port.ac.uk/purpledoor.

How to contact us

Visit us at:

Purple Door

University of Portsmouth

28 Guildhall Walk

Portsmouth

PO1 2DD

Opening hours:

Monday–Thursday: 8.30am–5.15pm

Friday: 8.30am–4.15pm

Telephone or Email:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 2684

Email: purpledoor@port.ac.uk

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