Summer 2012 is going to see a huge influx of tourists both for the Olympics, Paralympics and the Queen’s 60th Jubilee so not only will be really exciting to be in London, it will give you a good chance to add to your CV and your bank balance!. Here are some ideas of how to get started:
- While jobs at the Olympic park are no longer an option (all employees needed to be UK Boarder Agency approved by April), extra help within pubs, cafes, restaurants and retail will needed to handle the crowds. Keep an eye on the Careers Services Jobonline website or visit the jobs section of the UCL Careers Service website so you don’t miss out.
- Often smaller business advertise their roles by posting notices in their window so keep your eyes peeled as you’re walking around your local neighbourhood. Getting a local part-time job keeps your travel costs down, and also gets you really involved in your local community.
- The most common type of summer work is within the hospitality industry. Agency’s such as Hospitalitystaff.co.uk or fest staff recruit for a whole range of roles from checking tickets to serving food and security across loads of different festivals and events.
- Individual venues also take on extra staff over the busy summer period. A good example is the Royal Albert Hall which hosts the Proms between July and September and who is currently looking for stewards to help out.
- If you’re more interested in an experience and less worried about the money, why not try volunteering. UCL Volunteering is right here on campus to help out and organisations like the Volunteer England have special sections on volunteering for Olympics. Also many of the museums, galleries and concert halls will be looking for volunteers over summer. An example is the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank who are looking for extra volunteers for their Festival of the World.
To help you out with other ideas, doing up your CV or preparing for interviews, the UCL Careers Service will be open throughout the whole of summer (apart from the official UCL closure days) offering application checking and short guidance sessions. To check times and see how to book, visit the Careers Service website.