How to avoid ending with a zero bank balance while at university
I am sure everyone reading this blog post right now, who goes to university, has said or been heard saying, “I am broke”, “I am scared to check my bank account”, “Where did all my money go????” or something along those lines and you all must have wondered what the age old trick is to save money and budget yourself while at university. Well, to be honest, even I don’t know, and to be honest, I don’t think there is any trick. However, what I can tell you is, how to make money while at university.
It is fairly easy to get a job in places on campus. There are several options ranging from working in the library to working in a restaurant or a bar, to working as a fundraising officer, to working in the student union receptionist to working in the arts centre, to working as a blogger like me to working in the nursery under the holiday scheme! Depending on how much time you have, how much money you want to make, what you are interested in doing and how flexible your time table is, you should pick the job that is suitable for you. I have tried to share with you first hand student experiences so that you have unbiased, honest opinions of the different jobs available on campus!
Katrina Lane, a second year psychology student, who was on campus, had great things to say about her job.
Additionally, you can also work as a barista at Curiostea, or simply at any of the other eating joints such as Fusion, Dirty Duck, the arts centre café, or even La Gusta. If you want to experience working at the bar, you can even work at the Terrace Bar or at the Duck!
Sofija Armoskaite, a second year student studying language, culture and communication, working as a again has only positive things to say about her campus job.
Shachi Banthia, a second year international management student, working as ain the resource room at the Warwick SU shares her experience:
Maggie Cheung, an English Literature finalist, worked as a at the Warwick Arts Centre and loved her job.
On the other hand, if you do not want to spend so much time on your work, but, say, about two hours a month, you can apply to become a , like me! If you want to do it more for the experience than the money, and more importantly if you prefer sitting behind a computer screen and working from the comfort of your own home but still making a difference to student lives’, rather than having to travel to university, this job is for you! You earn about twenty-five in total, for submitting at least two blog posts every month. In addition to writing blog posts, you also get to be part of digital marketing campaigns and invited to interesting photo-shoots. For instance, I was invited to a photo-shoot where I had to pretend to be a math student and a teacher, one after another, for the math prospectus! It was a rather interesting experience and I was paid for it too. As far as the blog goes, there are no restrictions on what you can post, and the posts are not edited by anyone, so you are free to post whatever you want, provided it is an appropriate topic. The application process is really simple. At the start of every year, you fill in an application form, usually sent to you by your university department, showcasing your interest, and why you should be selected. Then, if you get selected, voilà, you are a blogger! Its been a great one or so year and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all in the next two years!
Last, but not the least, if you are looking at working during the holidays, such as the Easter break or the Summer months, don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities. For instance, Lizzie Eyre, a third year chemistry student is going to be working at the university nursery for two weeks under the Easter holiday scheme. The pay is about nine quid/hour plus about a one quid holiday pay. Hours are a minimum of 20 hours a week. The application process is fairly easy. She applied on the holiday scheme website, where she sent her cv and her cover letter. She was asked to go for an interview which mainly included competency type questions, such as “What would you do in this situation?” She will be overseeing the activities of the children and making sure that they are safe and having fun in the holiday scheme and is looking forward to starting her job!
So, that’s all for today. I hope this blog post gave you a fairly good insight to the different jobs available at university and I hope they keep you from repeating the afore-mentioned lines.
Thanks for reading and hope you have a lovely day x