For rent, fees, books, groceries, transport there’s your student loan. For everything else (holidays, nights out, birthday presents) you’re probably going to need an additional income stream or two. Taking a part-time job that fits around your studies is a great way to expand your social network, pick up new skills and top up those funds.
Here, we round-up the best part-time job options for students depending on your motivation and skills.
If you’re a night owl
If your body clock is all over the place and you’re not sure you can stomach early-morning starts, then don’t worry – there are plenty of jobs out there that allow you to work evenings.
Bar work or waiting jobs tend to involve late shifts and won’t interfere with your lectures. Delivery driving for takeaways is another good option while if you don’t mind working really late, then you should consider warehouse, cleaning or security roles.
If you’re looking to get ahead
If you know exactly what you want to do after you leave uni, then it’s a good idea to apply for jobs that will help you build towards your dream role. The key is to find roles that allow you to learn quickly and pick up a mix of relevant soft and hard skills.
So, for example, if you want to pursue a career in advertising then why not consider a retail or call centre-based role where you’ll get a feel for consumer behaviour and selling products. If you want to be a teacher, then why not tutor children in your spare time. Apprenticeships are another option, especially if you can work them around your studies or do them in the holidays.
If you’re a social butterfly (or not)
One of the biggest upsides of taking a student job is that you get to form relationships with people beyond your uni bubble. Not only does this lead to a more diverse social life but having professional connections may give you a head-start when it comes to finding work once you’ve graduated.
If this is your motivation, hospitality roles should be top of your list. Working as a bartender or waiting tables will see you come into contact with lots of different people and colleagues will most likely want to wind down and do something social once the shift ends. If you prefer to work alone, seek out warehouse, factory or delivery driving roles.
If you need to make good money
If your reasons for finding a part-time job are purely financial then you’ll probably want to prioritise applying for roles that offer more than Minimum Wage. But do they exist for students?
The answer, thankfully, is yes. If you have high-level maths or English skills then definitely consider tutoring children or international students. If you’re an extrovert or have excellent communication skills then go for a sales role that offers good commission – the better you do the more money you’ll make. Hospitality is another good option (hello overtime) as are roles that involve working unsociable hours, such as warehouse packing or supermarket stocking jobs.
If you want to get fit
Fitness levels can suffer at university, what with the constant socialising and lack of home-cooked meals. For that reason many students opt for jobs that guarantee some kind of physical activity.
If this is you, look for attendant jobs at gyms (which tend to include free access) or pursue roles that involve exercise such as delivery riding or manual labour. Cleaning is also a good way to stay active and it’s a role that always tends to be in demand.