Work experience is an important section to have on your CV as it helps you to give examples of your skills and achievements in a variety of settings. Work experience is any opportunity that gives you the work-related learning that will help to prepare you for employment. It can take many forms including part-time work, vacation work, work shadowing, voluntary work, placements and internships.

There are lots of ways in which you can find work experience, both voluntary and paid, while you are studying at university. Here are our top five ways to find that valuable experience!

  1. Jobs4Students

Jobs4Students offers Manchester Met students paid, temporary on-campus job opportunities throughout the university. This is a great way for you to develop your skills and get paid work experience to put on your CV. The roles can range from being a Student Ambassador or maybe even an IT Rover. You can sign up to their mailing list here!

  1. FuturesXChange


The Manchester Met FuturesXChange programme allows students to gain short, unpaid work experience through a variety of mini projects. Employers are looking for students specifically on Science and Engineering courses so this is a great way for you to gain some real-life practical skills and to develop your CV. See their full list of opportunities here!


There are a range of local employers who are looking for undergraduate students currently studying in either the Business School or the Law School. These employers can offer you short-term work experience which can last between 1-20 days to help you to put your skills into practise. See their full list of opportunities here!

  1. Faculty extra-curricular opportunities

There are a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for you to get involved in within your own faculty! For Arts and Humanities students, you can get involved in Make a Difference to develop your skills and to make a difference in the local community. Some of their opportunities include: Schools’ Outreach, Manchester Children’s Book Festival and Community Outreach. For Education students, EdLab is an amazing employability project which aims to develop innovative provision. For Health, Psychology and Social Care students, you can do a placement within your course or get involved in the Futures Skills Award to learn how to evidence your skills!

  1. Volunteering

Volunteering in your community is very rewarding as you’ll be able to witness, first-hand, the outcomes of your hard work and commitment. We have a dedicated volunteering department at Manchester Met’s Students’ Union who are on hand to help you to find and secure a volunteering role in a variety of areas. Click here to find out more about volunteering in the community and in sport!

  1. My Career Hub

MyCareerHub enables you to access Careers and Employability services online! Manchester Met students and graduates can search for hundreds of jobs and placement opportunities advertised by employers. This is a really useful tool when looking for work experience as you can filter your search to look for part-time work in your local area.