Calling all night owls…
Whether you’re looking for a change from the 9-to-5 grind, you need a job that will work around your daytime commitments, or you just find you’re most productive at night – there are many opportunities out there that will do anything but make you fall asleep.
To find one that suits your skillset, here are five of the best night jobs that you could be doing right now:
What they do: Provide assistance to aircraft passengers, ensuring everyone on board the plane has a safe and comfortable flight. And, since planes fly around the clock, night shifts are a common occurrence. Duties could include checking boarding passes, demonstrating safety routines, ensuring baggage is stored correctly, serving food and drink, or simply comforting nervous flyers.
What you need: You won’t need a degree to become a Flight Attendant, but you’ll need to have good eyesight, a valid passport, and an ability to swim. Additionally, you’ll need to be friendly, approachable, and attentive. Height restrictions may also apply.
What you can earn: Starting salaries are around £12,000, but could rise to £18,000 with experience.
Perfect for: People who don’t have a lot of excess baggage.
Our advice: Gaining work experience and/or qualifications in related areas is a great way to boost your skills and stand out from the crowd when applying for Flight Attendant positions. This could include working in hospitality, taking a course in leisure and tourism, or learning a new language.
What they do: Help, care for, and treat those in need of medical attention. And whether you’re working night shifts as a Paramedic or a Nurse, on call as a Doctor, or working in A&E – there are many jobs in healthcare that require workers to operate on a 24 hour schedule.
What you need: The entry requirements differ depending on what you choose to do. Doctors, Nurses, and other medical professionals will need a degree to get started, but if you want to become a Paramedic, or work in a clinical support role, more focus will be placed on your practical skills, or previous work experience.
What you can earn: Salaries will vary greatly depending on the position. Paramedics and Nurses could earn in the region of £30,000, while Doctors and Surgeons are likely to be salaried at £60,000 or more.Those in clinical support roles (e.g. Healthcare Assistants) will earn around £16,000.
Perfect for: People who can watch an entire episode of 24 Hours in A&E without crying.
Our advice: Finding a job in healthcare might seem like an unachievable task if you don’t have a specific set of qualifications – but you don’t always need a degree to get involved. Working in care, admin, or in assistant or secretarial roles in the healthcare industry is often an entry-level way to make a difference.
What they do: Work in a variety of hospitality-based settings to provide a range of services to customers – whether it’s working at a nightclub, bar, or restaurant to serve food and drinks, or at a hotel on a 24 hour reception desk. In other words, if you’re craving a burger at 2am, night shift hospitality workers have usually got your back.
What you need: Aside from excellent communication and customer service skills, you’ll also need to be able to work well in a team and deal with difficult customers. There aren’t any specific qualifications needed to work in hospitality, and your personality and flexibility will be the main focus for employers.
What you can earn: Your earnings will depend on where you work, but you could expect to get between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. Many bar and restaurant jobs also come with tips – meaning that will be added onto your basic pay.
Perfect for: People people.
Our advice: Finding a job in hospitality often comes down to proving your customer service skills – and this isn’t always easy if you’re lacking in relevant experience. Consider doing temp work at events or at local bars at busy periods to get your foot in the door. Then, you’ll be able to use your experience to put your personality on paper to find a more permanent role in hospitality.
What they do: Ensure an area is safe and secure, protecting people, valuables, and buildings. Their job could include: patrolling a location, being responsible for a specific person’s safety, guarding an entrance, keeping the contents of a vehicle secure, or using CCTV to detect suspicious activity. And, if security is breached within their area, they’re also responsible for dealing with the situation.
What you need: Previous experience in the armed forces or the police may be helpful, but is not usually essential. An ability to deal with difficult situations, make quick decisions, and be confident, honest, and responsible at all times is also vital for anyone wanting to work in this field.
What you can earn: Specific salary expectations will depend on the type of security you work in, but experienced Security Officers could get up to £22,000 a year, or £15,000 as a starting salary.
Perfect for: People who aren’t afraid of confrontation.
Our advice: If you’re struggling to get a job in security, entering the field through an apprenticeship scheme is a great way to gain the skills needed to progress, whilst earning at the same time. And, if you’re looking for work in a CCTV based role, learning the basics of the technical equipment used could help you get started.
What they do: Deal with goods delivered to a warehouse, assisting with the processing, storing, transportation, and safe dispatch of items. Warehouse Operatives and related staff (e.g. Drivers) are required in all areas of the manufacturing industry, and although they don’t always work night shifts, many organisations require stock to be delivered and unloaded before the beginning of the day.
What you need: Good physical strength and dexterity, as well as an organised and responsible attitude. You’ll also need to be a fast and efficient with an ability to work well in a team. Specific qualifications aren’t essential, and you’ll usually be given on-the-job training.
What you can earn: You can expect to earn approximately £12,000 a year as a starting salary, which could go up to £18,000 with experience. Senior warehouse workers (e.g. Supervisors) will have a greater earning potential.
Perfect for: People who don’t want to pay for the gym.
Our advice: As employers hiring for warehouse roles place precedence on your previous work experience, gaining some initial experience in a related field (such as shelf replenishing in a retail job) is a great way to make your skills known to recruiters. Achieving relevant qualifications or industrial driving licenses could also be useful.
Honourable mentions: Taxi Driver, HGV Driver, Mail Sorter, Retail, Radio DJ.
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