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How do you find it?
It's decent. Good holidays / pay, able to wear what I want, pretty laid back atmosphere most of the time (besides right now as enrolment begins next week)
Are you applying for a job then? Which Uni?
If the current round of NHS jobs I've applied for don't come to anything I think it'll be time for me to start looking outside the NHS. I'd like to work in the public sector and Unis appeal to me.
I've just stumbled on the jobs.ac.uk site this morning and started browsing and seen a few admin jobs I could probably apply for and stand a reasonable chance of getting.
is a brilliant site. I've been applying for posts on there with some success interview wise. Keep checking back because new positions are posted on there regularly.
The money's generally decent (certainly much better than I'm on at the moment and for a similar level), the perks seem good as well.
pfft. i've already had enrolment, AND exam board, the last month has been mega-busy for me (probably shouldn't be posting here then...)
and all the bank holidays and a week off at Christmas, is that similar to you?
i only get 27 & a half days (1 extra day only because i've been here for 5 years), not counting the usual bank holidays and christmas closure (which are the days in between christmas and new year)
any jobs going at your uni? :p
I get 33, plus bank holidays. We have a week off at Christmas but those days that aren't bank holidays get deducted from the 33 as 'mandatory leave'.
And I struggle taking THAT many days off!
job was a doss, it was pretty laid back, hours were great, it was right near my house, my Mam also worked at the uni so she bought me lunch now and then, and there's always lots of pretty girls to acknowledge. In short, it was great.
Been working in one for the last 3 and a bit years. I (generally) like it. Actually intellectually challenging from time to time, which is more than I can say for most other jobs I've had.
It's good in a laid-back kind of way, it's bad if you don't like mental middle-aged women...
I'm well used to mental middle-aged women.
you do have learn to handle the 40-60 year old women with a screw loose.
They'll be baking you cakes and making you tea forever.
uni workers unite!
the worst thing about it is the bureaucracy and red tape in order to get things done, which is extremly frustrating at times.
but I have worked in and for HE (not Patrick Wolf though). I love the red tape, if it didn't exist they'd be no admin jobs! I just hate students/tutors.
have worked at the Uni for over three years.
It's decent - good holidays (extra closure days, Christmas off), flexible hours (generally). It's also only a 10 minute walk from where I live which is a major bonus. They also generally have good initiatives to look after staff and clubs and events that you can get involved with if you so wish.
Most people are very nice, some arsey academics but there'll be people like that in all jobs.
i work in a uni library. yeah as everyone's said holidays are great, but i can only really take leave during vacations. the job's alright i guess (i'm doing a distance learning masters so i can become a REAL librarian) but i find that everyone's restricted by the grades they're on, i.e. i'd like more responsibility but they can't give me any more work because they'd have to pay me more. also, i find everyone here really laid back (which is a good AND bad thing) and yeah i get to wear what i want :D
Good holidays, good sick leave policies. Not very competitive or pressure intensive, which is good. Can work on several projects, get papers published etc. It's better than those other jobs...
the pay and training are so much better than in commercial sectors, However, there is so much more form filling but I can live with that.
it's a great job, especially in london where you get the london weighting salary bonus. so yeah, it's awesome: 34 days holiday, short hours, no overtime ever... yeah, it's great.
as to how to find them, just look at the university websites. that's how i found mine. also, check the generic admin rolls - sometimes they have decent specialisms despite officially just being called 'admin officer'.
and free courses is a nice bonus too. good way to pick up a masters.
I'd ONLY worked in Universities until I was 22 - pretty much.
Very good, however I would agree with the comments on bureaucracy. Not much chance of jobs here, as 5% of staff have just been voluntarily severed. Not physically mind.
People who make a lot of noise/take on 'projects' that aren't important and leave everyone else to do the real work go far and get promoted. Hardworking and modest people get left behind, although I'm sure this is the same in any sector. I class myself as the latter.
Have done for years. I work in epidemiology- nice working conditions, pay, good hours, leave. I also like the fact most people are quite educated and generally nice. No cut throat bastards, harsh financial targets to meet etc. Highly recommend working for a uni.
i don't know why; i assume a lot of the jobs are given to people they already know. we're talking basic jobs as well.
any tips? i've got to do some applications this week.
those that promote/support subjects and research. I know that one such place certainly has a nice atmosphere to work in and I suspect that others are likewise.