Students need all the help they can get when it comes to finances. While most of your time should be dedicated to study, you could get a part time job to keep the cash flowing in.
I had a part time job when I was in full time study. I really enjoy it but I was lucky enough to have an employer agree to casual hours but had hours available each week. There was always a guarantee that something would be available but I wasn’t under the pressure to work them if I couldn’t.
Not everyone is going to be that lucky but that doesn’t mean you should avoid working.
I’ve compiled a list of some great part time job ideas for students.
Find Student Positions at Companies
Most companies will hire students and specially offer hours that are suitable for students. They could be weekend hours or after 6pm, depending on the company.
You may find a business that offers flexible hours or “casual” hours as my position was called.
Most of these availabilities will be in retail or in a bar. You’ll normally be paid minimum wage but at least it is some money coming in and you’re getting the work experience to put on your CV.
Check out your student job centre for these positions, as that’s where you’re more likely to find them.
Offer to Tutor Other Students
As you develop an understanding of your course material, you may find that you can help people who are struggling. This could be people in the same year who need to re-sit exams or those in years below who aren’t grasping the content.
Hire your services as a tutor for these students. This is one of my favourite part time job ideas for students. You’ll build on your own knowledge while earning money.
You can charge as much or as little as you want—usually between £10 and £20 per hour, depending on the topic, number of hours booked and how much you actually know.
Use Your Skills Online
Another one of the great part time job ideas for students is to use your skills online. This doesn’t work for all degrees but it definitely does for some.
For example, if you’re doing a computer science degree, you may develop software for people on the side. You build on your knowledge and gain the experience of working for others.
Make sure you declare this side business to the tax man! That last thing you want is to get fined for not declaring yourself as self-employed, especially if you are going to use it as experience on your graduate CV!
There are some really great websites that let you offer your skills online. Some of my favourites include PeoplePerHour and Fiverr. Fiverr is great for small jobs that you can do quickly.
Get Into PR for Companies
There are a lot of companies looking for PR employees. These are the annoying people you see on the streets handing out leaflets!
If you don’t mind being one of those people—or at least getting paid to be annoying—consider offering your services. You’ll usually need to do an hour or two on the weekends or whenever there are big events coming up, depending on the companies you PR for.
Watch out for this job though. It could start to eat up into your day as you need to get rid of all the leaflets and you may end up with a measly hourly wage. It’s difficult to track how long you’re really doing this for.
There are lots of part time job ideas for students. Avoid anything that will take up a lot of time, though. Remember that university is for studying!
What are your part time job ideas for students? Did you work during your studying or did you rely solely on the student loan? Share your thoughts and experiences below and feel free to share this post with your friends and people you know who would benefit from it!
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