Monday, 13 April 2015

Part-time jobs for students

Part-time jobs as a student aren’t great. Many students remain unable to find work, and even those that do are often uninspired by folding clothes or serving plate of food. Here are a few job ideas for funding your student life which are a bit less dull and more importantly, have regular opportunities available.

Bar/club work 
Many students – especially those living in cities – work for bars and clubs alongside their studies. The shifts tend to be relatively short and fit well around university timetables. Common jobs include bar staff, PR workers (handing out leaflets and vouchers to the public), cloakroom staff, glass collectors and more. It’s more exciting than working in a shop, especially for those who love nightlife. Take it as a chance to gain communication skills, confidence and work alongside other young people who will make your job a lot more fun.
Call centres 
Working in a call centre is definitely not the average person’s dream job, but it’s not the worst option. Call centres jobs in Scotland tend to be quite flexible with shifts, meaning that when you start, you can work a few hours over a few days or for one or two full days, whichever suits your lifestyle. Lots of students work in call centres due to the flexibility, and it’s likely that you’ll be working with a great team. They are also great jobs for building contacts, as usually the centre is part of a large company, and it looks great on your CV due to the customer service skills you’ll develop. Pay tends to be above minimum wage too, which is always a bonus when you’ve spent all of your student loan!

If you enjoy swimming, it’s one of the easiest hobbies to turn into a part-time job. Albeit, it can take a long time to get through training and to become qualified. However, once you are fully qualified, it’s quite a highly paid job for a student. It’s a fun, low pressure job and it’s often quite simple to find a job at the end of your training due to lifeguards being, at times, in high demand. Your employer will probably offer you discounted or free usage of their facilities when you aren’t working.
Similar to lifeguarding, if you have a skill or hobby that you feel you could pass on to others, it could be worth trying to become a coach or tutor in your specialty. Many opportunities are voluntary – especially within sports and hobbies – but paid jobs do exist. For sports, group coaching is most common but tutoring tends to be one-to-one. Keep a look-out for agencies advertising who will post your details on their websites, which will receive more traffic and exposure than if you just post on your personal social media that you’re looking to coach/tutor.
Brand ambassador 
Brands are always looking to hit the student population, and they create jobs especially for students. Sometimes you’ll be based just at your university, sometimes your city. They will also pay for you to travel elsewhere if necessary. Because they aim their jobs specifically at students in the area they want to target, they are flexible with the times and days you work. The only experience that will often be asked on you is to have a good knowledge of your campus or town, so it’s really one that any student can apply for and enjoy.
Zero-hour contracts cause a lot of controversy, but in some cases they can be ideal. For students, certain zero-hour contracts can be perfect for fitting around studies. With most security companies, you pick the shifts you want to work, with a minimum of one shift every couple of months. At times where you have less coursework or no exams coming up, you can earn more money. To become a fully qualified security guard, it is necessary to obtain a SIA badge. Your company will often organise a payment method using a portion of your wages to pay it off. Even if you don’t want to spend the money on this badge, many students work casually as stewards at venues and events without any qualifications. This is arguably one of the most fun options for student employment – you are essentially paid for attending festivals, football games and concerts. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Paid work experience / internships 
We are regularly told as students that a degree is no longer enough to get our dream jobs after graduation. It is now necessary to gain some experience whilst at university, and paid work experience is perfect. Most of the time, unpaid experience is needed first to build up your CV in order to get these paid chances. Opportunities are more widely available within some subject areas than others, but they do exist. Business, engineering and science undergraduates have a wide range of paid internships on offer. Humanities students have less direct opportunities, but they exist. From writing for websites, to being a personal assistant to someone in your ideal field, there are opportunities that are relevant to your degree and will give you the transferrable skills and experience to succeed after graduation.
Creating a blog or starting a YouTube channel is a hobby which gives you skills that may be useful in the future – from PR to social media. Money can also be made from this hobby through advertising on your posts or videos. Albeit, it is necessary to have a good number of followers and subscribers to begin making money from it, which can take a lot of time. If you already have friends who will help promote you, or a lot of social media followers, it may take less time. The best part about using this as your part-time job is that you choose your own hours and own content, and you will make money from something that you definitely enjoy. Payment for bloggers and content creators often comes in products as well as money, so you may receive freebies to review which relate to whatever you talk about on your platform.
You don’t have to work in a shop or a restaurant to make money as a student. There are opportunities out there, so just keep checking your favourite job websites and the perfect job to fund your studies will come up!
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