Are you often awake at the break of dawn, twiddling your thumbs and waiting for work to start?
If you’re an early bird and find your concentration levels peak in the morning hours, finding a role that suits your body clock could be the best way to make the most of your skills.
We’ve already covered five of the best night jobs, but, here are six jobs for morning people that may suit your routine more than the standard 9-to-5 grind:
What they do: Bakers make bread, pastries, cakes and other baked goods. Whether they’re working at a plant bakery using machinery and production lines to manufacture large amounts of baked goods, or at a craft bakery, making smaller amounts by hand, they’re guaranteed to be starting work at the crack of dawn.
What you need: You don’t need any formal qualifications to become a Baker, but some employers may prefer candidates with a basic level of education – and a GCSE or higher in food tech could also be an advantage. In order to stand out from the crowd, you can improve your knowledge and boost your skills by gaining a qualification in baking, such as a Baking Diploma or Introduction to Baking certification.
What you can earn: Starting salaries are around £15,000 but could rise to £20,000 with more experience.
Perfect for: People who love bread (and pies, pastries, muffins, cakes, croissants…)
Our advice: If you hope to become a professional baker it is important to acquire relevant experience. One option is to participate in an apprenticeship program to learn the best practices for measuring, preparing, food safety, as well as how to operate machinery under professional supervision. While a degree isn’t necessary, apprenticeship programs can often result in an associate degree or certificate.
What they do: Great baristas are essential to the success of cafes and coffee shops, from small independent organisations to worldwide coffee chains. They grind, brew and blend coffee, tea and other beverages to serve to customers. The morning shift gets you Baristas up early enough to give everyone their first coffee fix of the day.
What you need: There are no set entry requirements to become a Barista, and employers will usually place most precedence on personality and a passion for coffee. However, coffee barista training and bartender courses will be beneficial, along with a good standard of Maths and English. Experience working in a similar environment could also help you stand out.
What you can earn: Your salary will depend on where you choose to work but will be between £12,000 and £18,000.
Perfect for: People who don’t mind standing for long periods of time.
Our advice: If you’re interested in starting a career as a Barista, it’s a good idea to gain some relevant experience in hospitality. Whether it’s working part-time at a cafe, pub, or restaurant, or carrying out temp work at an event or wedding, you’ll be able to develop your customer service skills and prove your suitability to employers. Knowing the difference between an Americano and an Affogato may also help.
What they do: A Bus Driver transports people between a variety of places at all hours of the day – from early mornings to late nights. Some drive regular routes, whilst others transport passengers on chartered trips or sightseeing tours. As the early morning rush can see an influx of daily commuters, Bus Drivers with a knack for waking up early are particularly in demand.
What you need: Aside from a full UK driving licence (held for a minimum of two years with no more than 6 penalty points), you’ll also need to gain a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) license and a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). Excellent driving skills and road knowledge is also a must, along with a friendly and assertive attitude.
What you can earn: The average salary for a Bus Driver is around £24,000.
Perfect for: People who never get road rage.
Our advice: Bus Drivers could work in various fields, whether it’s driving school children or hospital patients, working for a holiday tour company (in the UK or abroad), or driving buses around your local community. Once you’ve figured out which route suits you best, you’ll be able to broaden your skill set accordingly. For example, knowledge of your local area will be particularly beneficial for community Bus Drivers, whilst school Bus Drivers will benefit from any prior experience working with children.
What they do: Postmen/Postwomen sort letters and packages for delivery to homes and businesses. The early shift will start around 5am and will involve preparing and delivering the mail.
What you need: You’ll need good time-keeping skills and the ability to keep to a delivery schedule. There are no set requirements, but it is useful to be proficient at reading, writing and maths. An ability to deal with repetitive tasks quickly and efficiently, basic IT skills, and excellent communication and customer service skills are also essential.
What you can earn: Your starting salary will be around £13,500 but with experience you could be earning up to £25,000 in a managerial position. You may also get paid extra for unsocial hours, driving duties and extra responsibilities.
Perfect for: People who don’t mind repetition.
Our advice: If you’re struggling to find work, ask to shadow your local Post Worker for a few days to see if the job is for you. It’s also possible to do an apprenticeship with Royal Mail. Additionally, physical fitness is essential, as delivery rounds (walks) can take 3 to 4 hours and you’re likely to be carrying bags that can weigh up to 16kg.
What they do: Gym Attendants are responsible for the overall setting up, maintenance, and cleaning of a gym. They may also stock and organise supplies and equipment, and deal with general enquiries and bookings, both in person and on the phone. The morning shift starts early so that everything is ready in time for the pre-work exercisers.
What you need: Educational requirements vary according to the gym, but the candidate will always need excellent customer service and communication skills, as well as a pro-active approach to work. Experience working in fitness is an advantage.
What you can earn: Pay varies by location and facility type but usually averages at around £17,000.
Perfect for: People who aren’t afraid of exercise.
Our advice: Working as a gym attendant is a great way to get a good deal on a membership and access to facilities and classes. It’s not always required, but will give you a good advantage if you have completed a first aid training course and have CPR certification.
What they do: The type of work varies seasonally but involves anything from looking after and milking livestock to planting, tending and harvesting crops. As well as farming, Farm Workers are also responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the farm equipment and buildings. They’re expected to be up at sunrise working hard and outdoors.
What you need: There aren’t any set requirements, but employers will prefer you to have some experience and an interest in farming. You will need to be physically fit and a driving licence is very useful. If you are interested in pursuing a career in farming you could consider a Level 3 Apprenticeship or Diploma in Agriculture, which will provide you with experience and a qualification. You could also take short courses in farming machinery care or farming management.
What you can earn: You might expect to earn anywhere between £12,000 and £18,0000 per annum, rising to over £23,000 as you increase your skills and experience and take on more responsibilities.
Perfect for: People who aren’t afraid of weather.
Our advice: Skilled workers are in high demand, so the more qualifications and experience you can gain, the better your career prospects. It may also be useful to gain experience in anything agricultural, whether it’s gardening or working with animals.
Honourable mentions: Supermarket Stocker, Morning News Presenter, Taxi Driver, Truck Driver, Flight Attendant, Pilot.
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