A major advantage of choosing to study at West London College is that the campus is located in the heart of the most prosperous part of London, so there are plenty of part-time and vacation jobs available
Many students choose to work part-time while they are studying, and the College actively encourages this because it provides students with valuable commercial experience which can often lead to a career job in the future.
Employers like to see some work experience on your CV; it means that you have already adapted to the rigour of a commercial environment and it demonstrates that you have the drive and energy to take on something extra while you are studying. There are many ‘blue chip' companies within walking distance of the College that employ students, including world-class retailers, hotel chains and tourist attractions. It is one of the benefits of a city centre campus location, and West London College probably has the best city centre campus location in the UK in this respect.
The Job Shop is a service run by the Department Administrators from the Tuition Support Centre at Parliament House which provides assistance to students who are seeking employment either while they are on course or upon graduation. The Job Shop can assist with CVs and covering letters, application forms and interview preparation. The staff maintain contact with local businesses to ensure that the availability of West London College students for part-time and vacation work is well known in the locality. They also offer a careers advice service to final year students and can provide information on job opportunities for graduates.
For students who care more about gaining industry-specific experience than earning money the College is able to offer unpaid internships through a specialist agency. The placement is usually for one month and the arrangement fee for this is £474, which is paid directly to the agency. Students are offered a choice of placements relevant to their course of study.
Students from overseas who are on Heriot-Watt University degree programmes are allowed to work but are limited to 20 hours per week when classes are running, though the College would not expect anyone to work more hours than this whilst studying anyway. There is no limit during vacation periods, which are usually two months in the winter, December and January, and two months in the summer, June and July.
International students studying Diploma level programmes or pre-sessional English Language courses are not allowed to work.