Need to earn while you learn? A part-time job could be for you…
Whether you’re looking to gain some work experience, or you just want to earn extra cash at uni, getting a part-time job is a great way to put your free time to good use, and enhance your CV at the same time. Whether it’s on the weekends, evenings, holidays, or just one-off jobs.
To make sure you’re looking in the right places, here are five of the best part-time jobs for students:
Events and hospitality
What it involves: Whether you’re working at festivals, gigs, or other events (from Ascot to London Fashion Week) – jobs in hospitality are a great way for students to find flexible work. Depending on the position you go for, it could involve anything from bar work, waitressing/waiting, and events organising, to catering and cleaning.
What you need: Enthusiasm, flexibility, and excellent customer service skills. VIP venues will also call for someone who’s well-presented and smartly dressed,and all positions will need you to be approachable, hardworking, and efficient.
What you can earn: Work in this field is usually paid at an hourly rate, and the amount you get will depend on the event you work at. The best-paid positions could pay you anything up to £12 an hour – or more if you move up to supervisory or team leader roles.
Perfect for: People who never miss a big event.
Our advice: If you’re struggling to get accepted for a position at your favourite venues and events, consider gaining some initial hospitality experience in local bars and restaurants. That way, you’ll gain all of the skills needed to get involved with larger scale settings.
What it involves: Working at a bar in a pub, club, or hotel, serving a variety of drinks and snacks to customers. You’ll also take payments, and may be required help serve meals. Other duties could include keeping the bar clean and tidy, clearing tables, and washing glasses – as well as assisting customers with any queries or questions.
What you need: No formal qualifications are needed for bar work (aside from being over 18), although previous experience in a customer-facing environment may help. You’ll also need to have excellent communication skills, an outgoing personality, and an ability to deal with difficult (see also: tipsy) customers.
What you can earn: Bar jobs will normally pay around £50-60 per day (not including tips), although this will depend on the pub or bar you work at.
Perfect for: People who are night owls.
Our advice: Employers will place precedence on your flexibility when recruiting for bar work positions, so being adaptable with your hours will work in your favour. Personality is also an important factor for roles in this field, so always make sure you come across friendly and approachable at your interview and/or trial day.
What it involves: Most universities offer positions in anything from admin, library work, and events support, to catering and cleaning – and because roles are generally given on a casual basis with varied hours, you won’t need to feel tied down if you’re not always free to work.
What you need: There aren’t usually any set requirements for most university-based roles, but there may be a fair amount of competition. You’ll also need to be enthusiastic and hardworking, as well as able to exhibit the essential skills needed for the specific role you’re going for.
What you can earn: This will depend on your university, the job you do, and how often you work. However, you could be looking to receive up to £50 or £60 a day.
Perfect for: People who can’t get enough of uni life.
Our advice: Pay attention to the notice boards around uni to find the latest roles fast, and join clubs and societies to get yourself known around campus. Additionally, you should always show a genuine interest in the role you’re applying for – whether you want to do bar work to enhance your communication skills, or you’re looking for admin experience as it will help you succeed after uni.
What it involves: Temp workers are frequently needed in admin, sales, and customer service, and involve working varied hours at lots of different organisations – making it the perfect way to earn money and gain work experience in an office environment. General duties for a temp could involve anything from answering phones and greeting clients, to filing, data entry, and sales.
What you need: Versatility, and flexibility with your working hours. Temp jobs often come up last minute, so you’ll also need to be ready to work whenever you’re needed. Organisational skills and IT experience are also valuable traits to have when looking for temp work.
What you can earn: Salaries for temp jobs will vary depending on the role you choose, but you could stand to earn up to £12-15 per hour for the best-paid positions.
Perfect for: People who don’t like routine.
Our advice: Be clear about your availability – because having to turn down roles might mean your temp agency may not think of you first when an opportunity comes up. And, if you find good temp job, treat it as a trial run. If you work hard and make a good impression, they might be able to offer you a permanent position after you graduate.
What it involves: Working with children, teenagers, or adults of all ages, to provide one-to-one advice and education on a particular topic or subject area. Tutoring can be done online or face-to-face, and is a great way to use your knowledge for more than just your degree.
What you need: Skills in teaching, motivation, and communication. You’ll also need to be studying for a degree/have a degree in the subject you’re tutoring in. Previous experience and/or qualifications in teaching may be beneficial, but are by no means essential.
What you can earn: You’ll usually get around £20 an hour – but this will depend on your level of experience and what the tutee is looking to learn or gain from the sessions.
Perfect for: People who want a job related to their degree.
Our advice: See if there are any tutoring opportunities within your university and/or local area before you branch out – after all, if you’re a third year student, there’s bound to be first years studying your course who might need some help. And always be careful not to take too much on.
Honourable mentions: Retail, Mystery shopping, Childminding, PR, Photography, Freelancing.
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