Making the most of the Christmas vacation

If you are staying in the UK over Christmas there are a number of ways you can gain experience, research careers, develop new skills and generally boost your employability.  But first of all though make sure you take some time to relax and rewind after a busy Autumn term!

From now until into the new year there are a lot of seasonal opportunities available for part time (term time) or full time (vacation) work.

Examples include:

  • Bars, restaurants and hotels
  • Retail work
  • Delivery drivers
  • Warehouse staff
  • Postal staff

For some positions you might need previous work experience, but for others an ability to work hard, pick up tasks quickly and provide a high level of customer service (if required) are as  important. If you are dealing directly with customers it’s vital to have a good level of spoken English. You may need to negotiate hours with an employer to make sure you stay within the rules of your Tier 4 immigration permission.

Finding work

As well as Careers Gateway and our usual sources of vacancies, it is quick to do a search on Indeed or CareerJet– using search terms like “Christmas”, “temporary”, “seasonal” for example. You will find specific opportunities,  and you can identify recruitment agencies who recruit temporary staff on behalf of employers over Christmas and new year.

What else could you do?

  • Volunteer – help out a good cause. Contact charities in the city directly or use the website. Charities supporting the homeless will be happy to have some help
  • Job Shadowing – if there is a company or job role that you’re interested in contact the employer to see if it would be possible to shadow a member of staff to get an insight into the role. Talk to a careers adviser about how to do this.
  • Check out free online courses that focus on skills and employability (you don’t need to pay for a certificate)
  • Practise your interview technique using our online interview simulator on the VLE
  • Use our profiles to contact a York graduate to learn more about their experiences of a job sector – a great way to get an insider’s view!
  • Review the wealth of careers information on our website – especially the pages for international students
  • If you’ve not got a CV prepared this is a great time to start one
  • Come to our taught Postgrad careers event on 6 December for an evening of mince pies and advice!

Keep safe! Never send your bank details or payment for any job you see advertised.  There are a lot of scams around targeting students so if you have any doubts about anything you see online come and talk to us.  The SaferJobs website has lots of good advice.

Good luck!


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