Internships v paid work

Some students find they get more out of paid work than internships. Which would you choose?

This Guardian Article looks at the merits of working while you study versus the experience students can gain while undertaking an internship. Both paid work and internships are an excellent way of boosting your employability skillls but which option works best for you?


High Fliers Research – University of Reading Account Manager

High Fliers Research Ltd. are looking for enthusiastic, committed and innovative individuals to work as University Managers at 30 leading universities across the UK. All 30 University Managers will provide vital support to the Research Manager by coordinating a variety of campus based market research tasks. It is a challenging position for a final year student, but if you are successful you will enjoy competitive benefits and gain invaluable experience to take to future graduate employers.

The ideal candidate will be sociable and have a good knowledge of their campus, with connections to societies and clubs. They must be able to plan and organise efficiently; and have the ability to work independently using their initiative to deliver the task at hand on time and to a high standard. Excellent communication and leadership skills are imperative, as the main task will involve recruiting, managing and motivating your own team.

You will conduct a number of tasks during Semesters 1 and 2; the largest of which will be to manage The Times Final Year Student Survey. The results of the Survey will be presented to the UK’s top graduate employers in spring 2013.

For further information please copy and paste the following address into your internet browser:

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Teach First Brand Manager Vacancies

Become a Teach First Brand Manager and earn some extra cash whilst having fun and making a real difference.

Voted fourth in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, Teach First is an independent charity focused on delivering far-reaching social change by addressing educational disadvantage – driving up standards and raising aspirations in schools facing challenging circumstances.

Teach First is looking for ambitious, enthusiastic, confident and committed individuals to support our team of recruiters at Reading University. If you are passionate about addressing educational disadvantage, are an effective communicator with strong levels of initiative and organisational skills, this could be the perfect role for you.

What is in it for you?

  • Join a network of people dedicated to achieving change in education
  • Work for the UK’s largest graduate employer in 2012-13
  • Gain invaluable experience in marketing, advertising and event management
  • Work towards the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Career Development Award (optional)
  • Develop transferable skills which will look great on your CV
  • Get paid a termly salary and work towards a performance related bonus
  • Gain exposure to professional contacts and social networks
  • Get a unique insight into the graduate recruitment market

How do I apply?

If this sounds like the right job for you then please do contact us:



APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! If successful you will be invited to an assessment centre at our National office in London. More information is available here:

International Student Ambassador

Do you have a real passion for the University and are you keen to tell others about it? If you would like to gain some paid work experience and to help prospective students from all over the world, we have an excellent opportunity for you!

The International Office is looking for current University of Reading students to talk to prospective students from all over the world including Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. We would like you to share your experience of life at the University, from academic tutors and the library, to the best places to relax in Reading and where to find the best food!

Applicants must be mature and confident communicators and at ease speaking on the phone.  They must have a passion for the University and be able to enthuse about the many facilities and options open to Reading students.  Applicants can be from any academic discipline. Those students who speak languages from the above regions would be desirable.

We are running a phone campaign during the weeks 30 April-4-May and 14-18 May. You will also have to attend a training session on Friday 27 April from 3pm – 4pm. Pay is £7 per hour, including the training session.

If you are interested, please fill in form found at the application URL below and return it to by no later than 12pm on Monday 23 April. Interviews will be held from 12pm – 1pm on Wednesday 25 April.

Careers Fair for Malaysian Students 1st April

The United Kingdom & Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC) are running the 2012 UKEC-Graduan Career Fair on Sunday 1st April at University Colleague London. This annual event will provide students with an opportunity to apply for jobs or internships this coming summer in Malaysia. 

Every year, approximately 40 firms and businesses spanning across various industries from Malaysia participate in the annual Careers Fair to provide you with more information and opportunities, about either working or undertaking an internship with them. 

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: 1 April 2012, Sunday (Interviews will be held on 2nd and 3rd April by the respective companies)

Time: 9am – 5pm

Venue: University College London (UCL)

 To apply for either a job or an internship, all you need to do is to send your CV to, and we will forward it to all participating companies for you! Yes, it’s that simple. On top of that, the best 100 CVs will win an invitation to a luncheon and networking session with top corporate leaders from Malaysia. 

The deadline for submission is 14 March 2012, 11.59pm, so do send in your CVs as soon as possible! 

For further details please see the website: