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Looking for part-time work in the UK? The online gaming industry is thriving

Many students studying for a Masters or Bachelors degree course find that they need to supplement their student loan with part time work to help fund their studies, particularly if they choose a city as expensive as London to study in.

Halls of residence accommodation fees are amongst the highest in the country, and even if you opt for shared digs in a private residence, be prepared to pay London prices, which are fairly eye watering when compared to the rest of the country. On top of this there’s tuition fees, house bills (internet, TV licence, water, gas, electric etc), contents insurance, travel or car costs, credit card repayments, your phone bill, food and, of course, beer money.

Once you’ve added up the money you have to spend from your student loan, any grants or bursaries, the bank of mum and dad and any savings you’ve accumulated, chances are you’ll still find yourself coming up short. Here’s where a part time job might come in.

London has job opportunities in abundance, many of which are part time or casual work – perfect for students! Bar work, restaurants and one-off private functions offer the most opportunities for students, however, these types of roles tend to pay the bare minimum and involve being on your feet the whole time, which can be exhausting. If you’re looking for a different kind of part time role that pays better and will actually help to develop the type of skills that you may want to use later in life then a part time office role may be more suitable.

You’ll find recruitment consultancies all over London – Office Angels, Reed and Adecco are the big ones, and there’s even more choice online. In terms of sectors, digital media is flourishing at the moment, and none more so than the online gaming industry. Always hungry for new talent, businesses such as Gamesys – the company behind the nations favourite bingo brand Jackpotjoy – are based in the West End and offer a young and dynamic working environment. Customer service, web design and SEO are just some of the areas that you could be working in.

Alternatively, head over to London’s very own version of Silicon Valley – the East End’s Tech City, centred around the Old Street roundabout, and you’ll find hundreds of start-up digital agencies. These new companies like to keep costs down and staffing skill sets up, so if you’ve got good IT knowledge and a mind for digital you might just find yourself getting a foot on the career ladder with a role at the Google of tomorrow!

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