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Long story short I have a job interview for tesco for a role that would require me to work 8 hours on a Saturday. I worked in a shop in first and second year. I did a placement, and after that didn't work in third year. I will be going into the final year of my Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in September.
I don't really need the money so I would only be doing it for experience but would employers really care about a job like Tesco? It's a very full on course and I may be commuting alot but I'm not sure yet if it is online. Is it worth the extra stress? I don't want to go through the hassle of starting the job only to quit a month later because I need to focus on study.
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Take this with a pinch of salt, as I am just speaking from personal experience.

A job like Tesco wont make much difference to employers if you are looking to work within mechanical engineering. If anything it would just show that you dont have any gaps on your CV, but since you are in your final year of a masters degree a gap is expected. If it adds stress and takes focus away from your studies I wouldnt do it. Good grades is worth much more than a part-time job at Tesco in that type of field. I would personally try to build my resume in other ways. Try finding involvement opportunities at your university that could provide you with great references, get a volunteer job that is somewhat related (not sure how easy that would be for your field), write a paper and try to get it published somewhere, try to find a TA position, or look for an internship within mechanical engineering, get involved in uni clubs/associations where you could meet potential future employers. Literally anything related that would stand out a bit on your CV.

I am in a completely different field than you, but I was an applicant for a job related to my course, and one of my friends applied for the same job. I had much more work experience (but it was unrelated), while my friend had some relevant volunteer experience and university involvement related to her studies, and she got the job while I didnt. So the closer related it is, the better.

However, a job at Tesco isnt gonna make you less desired by employers, so if it doesnt add any stress or takes focus away from your studies, you could always do it. It would speak to your character that you worked while studying on a masters level.
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Hi,
Long story short I have a job interview for tesco for a role that would require me to work 8 hours on a Saturday. I worked in a shop in first and second year. I did a placement, and after that didn't work in third year. I will be going into the final year of my Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in September.
I don't really need the money so I would only be doing it for experience but would employers really care about a job like Tesco? It's a very full on course and I may be commuting alot but I'm not sure yet if it is online. Is it worth the extra stress? I don't want to go through the hassle of starting the job only to quit a month later because I need to focus on study.
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congrats on getting an interview and also on almost completing your masters! I personally think that employers do look for someone who has work experience as long as it is relevant in some way to the job that you're hiring for. You clearly have a lot of experience including work and your placement and now your degrees as well, so Tesco may not be a must per se, but it may not hurt to have the experience either, seeing as we can all always learn from different places. If you think it will not hinder your academics then go for it! If not, then that's okay, because at the end of the day your masters degree is more important in this case. Hope that helps, and best of luck to you!

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Hi,

congrats on getting an interview and also on almost completing your masters! I personally think that employers do look for someone who has work experience as long as it is relevant in some way to the job that you're hiring for. You clearly have a lot of experience including work and your placement and now your degrees as well, so Tesco may not be a must per se, but it may not hurt to have the experience either, seeing as we can all always learn from different places. If you think it will not hinder your academics then go for it! If not, then that's okay, because at the end of the day your masters degree is more important in this case. Hope that helps, and best of luck to you!

Samantha, Official UoP Rep
Thanks for the advice! Really helpful 👍
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Take this with a pinch of salt, as I am just speaking from personal experience.

A job like Tesco wont make much difference to employers if you are looking to work within mechanical engineering. If anything it would just show that you dont have any gaps on your CV, but since you are in your final year of a masters degree a gap is expected. If it adds stress and takes focus away from your studies I wouldnt do it. Good grades is worth much more than a part-time job at Tesco in that type of field. I would personally try to build my resume in other ways. Try finding involvement opportunities at your university that could provide you with great references, get a volunteer job that is somewhat related (not sure how easy that would be for your field), write a paper and try to get it published somewhere, try to find a TA position, or look for an internship within mechanical engineering, get involved in uni clubs/associations where you could meet potential future employers. Literally anything related that would stand out a bit on your CV.

I am in a completely different field than you, but I was an applicant for a job related to my course, and one of my friends applied for the same job. I had much more work experience (but it was unrelated), while my friend had some relevant volunteer experience and university involvement related to her studies, and she got the job while I didnt. So the closer related it is, the better.

However, a job at Tesco isnt gonna make you less desired by employers, so if it doesnt add any stress or takes focus away from your studies, you could always do it. It would speak to your character that you worked while studying on a masters level.
Thanks for the advice! Very useful information and you've given me a lot to think about. Unfortunately there aren't many internship opportunities around me to get relevant experience but I'll keep hunting for some thing useful. Cheers!
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