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There is no doubt that Starbucks has had its share of controversy over the years - but there is also no doubt that the coffee chain is a huge employer of full and part time staff all across the planet.

You can find a Starbucks coffee shop in more than 60 countries (at the time of writing) and the chain employs something in the region of 150 thousand members of staff in full and part time roles worldwide. There are Starbucks outlets in Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and dozens more countries and territories around the world.

The Starbucks story got underway in Seattle, USA, in the early 1970s, the brainchild of three former students who wanted to serve up high quality coffee to discerning drinkers. Founders Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker took the name of the company from a character in the Moby Dick novel by Herman Melville.

Starbucks has well over 20 thousand outlets around the world - and currently provides a coffee fix go-to for customers from over 800 shops in the United Kingdom alone. In the US, Starbucks has over 13 thousand coffee shops. Controversy or not, that’s a pretty big story - and makes the company a work option to be taken seriously for students and graduates in the UK.

If you are in a major student area then it is pretty unlikely that there will not be a local branch of Starbucks within easy reach of you. We are not saying that there will always be vacancies available in your immediate area, but there it is certainly always worth calling in to the Starbucks outlets near to you to find out if there are any opportunities going begging. You can track down your nearest Starbucks by using their online store locator here.

If you can land a full or part time job at Starbucks then you won’t just be an employee, you will be a partner. The company hopes to capture students, graduates and other young people at any early stage in their careers and retain them for the long term.

Retail positions at Starbucks in the UK include full and part time roles for baristas, shift supervisors and managerial positions further up the hierarchy. If you are a young student at school or college and are starting to think that university might not be the way forward for you, then it is worth considering an apprenticeship with Starbucks. Okay, you’ll be starting out at the lower echelons of the company, but you will learn the ropes quickly if you put in the effort - and you will have the opportunity to move up through the ranks to management.

As well as in-store positions at Starbucks, there are also many support roles available for students and graduates at the coffee giant. Options include positions in finance, HR, IT, public affairs, legal, marketing, supply chain and other roles.

You can apply for current UK vacancies at Starbucks coffee shops below right now, or find out more about what jobs might be brewing at Starbucks in the UK soon by visiting their Careers Website for the United Kingdom.

Also, in addition to their main social media channels for customers worldwide, Starbucks also have specialist Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts for their careers functions - and you can check out their latest updates at the left of the page without even leaving the e4s student jobs website.

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