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Is it possible to get a part-time grad-level job/internship?

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    I'm currently doing an undergrad in my second year. Ideally I'd like to do a masters after I graduate. It would be in an arts subject and purely for my own personal enjoyment, not to advance my career. Because of this, I'd ideally like to do it part-time while also working and building some experience in a professional field. Is this possible? Obviously not through official grad schemes but maybe I'd be able to negotiate something with a smaller company?

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    (Original post by thedral)
    I'm currently doing an undergrad in my second year. Ideally I'd like to do a masters after I graduate. It would be in an arts subject and purely for my own personal enjoyment, not to advance my career. Because of this, I'd ideally like to do it part-time while also working and building some experience in a professional field. Is this possible? Obviously not through official grad schemes but maybe I'd be able to negotiate something with a smaller company?

    Advice welcome, thanks.
    Almost anything is possible. Is it likely? No, very unlikely. Most employers will expect full time work for junior staff in early career roles. Part time work is a model that work either for low skilled work where it is perfectly easy to get multiple staff to do the same job, because there is no need for continuity of knowledge eg retail, anything customer service related, or it's a model (forced?) on employers to retain highly experienced staff for who would be very hard to replace. A new entry graduate in a graduate/professional role is neither of those things. Their role probably needs doing full-time, they ned the continuity in teh role to build the right foundation for a career, and to be effective, but they have no specific skill set that makes it worth going to the additional cost and effort fo what effectively will be a job-share situation.

    There might be some niche exceptions to this, depending on your sector, but by and large, this isn't going to work.
 
 
 
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