Part-time work in Colchester

Want to boost your employability? Get a part-time job locally, on campus or remotely, and develop essential skills for your CV. Remember to balance your study/work commitments. We recommend that you only work up to fifteen hours per week alongside your studies. Demonstrate your flexibility to future employers, by searching for work:

  • on campus
  • in the local area – a cycle or bus ride away
  • remotely – roles available worldwide.

Essex CareerHub

Essex CareerHub includes our free vacancy board advertising a range of opportunities, including part-time jobs, internships, placements, and graduate roles. Log in using the first part of your Essex email (you don’t need the bit!).

Jobs on campus

Students' Union

The Students’ Union recruit for a large number of student staff roles in a wide range of areas including retail, catering, bars, marketing, reception along with a range of office-based roles such as HR, marketing and finance. SU vacancies are advertised throughout the year.

Event Essex

Event Essex employs conference team leaders and conference assistants. These people are the first point of contact for all conference guests so good customer service and admin skills are required, and good knowledge of campus would be an advantage. Roles are full time from mid-June to mid-September.

Student Ambassadors

These are current students who help to promote the University and higher education. As a Student Ambassador you can get involved in a whole range of opportunities: helping our Student Recruitment, Education Outreach, and Admissions teams.

This includes working with young people, supporting events including Offer Holder Days, Open Days, higher education fairs and campus visits, and providing campus tours to visitors. Ambassadors are recruited each year via CareerHub at the start of the Spring Term (January). Apply to become a Student Ambassador.

Residence Life

Residence Life builds a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community that supports students to adjust to University life.

Join a friendly team of students and staff to help students become more involved and connected to their peers at Essex. Becoming a Residents’ Assistant is a valuable opportunity to support students in a paid role which guarantees campus accommodation if you are successful in your application.

Keep an eye on social media and our webpages in January for recruitment info. Email if you have any questions about becoming an RA.


Frontrunners offers on-campus paid part-time opportunities, giving you the chance to gain relevant work experience and develop skills in the supportive and interesting environment of a university department.

Contact for more information.

Welcome Assistants

Accommodation Essex is looking for highly motivated students who are passionate about making a positive contribution to the student experience to work as Welcome Assistants during Arrivals Day.

Essex Food

Essex Food is often looking for on-demand staff to carry out a variety of duties in restaurants and cafes on campus on an ‘as and when’ basis.

If you are looking for work to fit in around your studies, visit the Essex Food office (room 4NA.6.1) to register your interest or email

Jobs off campus

Essex Interns

The Essex Interns team is here to find short-term paid internship opportunities exclusively for Essex students and graduates.

Contact for more information. All the opportunities listed above will be advertised on CareerHub.

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies recruit staff for many local employers. We recommend you search for recruitment agencies via The Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Local jobs on websites

For local part-time opportunities consider the following sites:

Also, search for jobs in Colchester on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Use the governments Find a Job page to look for part-time work in the local area. You can search for jobs without an account but will need to create one to apply.

Part-time work can count towards the Big Essex Award, which, once completed, will be recorded on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).

For information about the Big Essex Award and Chart My Path contact:

Further support

For more information, advice, and support with part-time work opportunities, email or visit CareerHub to book an event or 1–1 appointment.

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