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Student Jobs – Earning that extra Cocktail! (Or Mocktail!)
Having a student job is pretty important for a lot of us, particularly when it comes to finding things like having a little reserve for those nights out that we’ve all been dying to get back to.
If you’re like me, an international student, finding a job in the UK isn’t the easiest thing, especially over summer when you’re likely to go back home to visit the family.
That being said, all hope of gaining pocket cash over the holiday isn’t lost!
Whether you’re in the UK or somewhere across the globe, there are plenty of options to keep UK cash trickling in, and once the Academic year starts up again? There are a few more options to keep that flow!
Before I get into the details, here are a few good links to help with job searches!
- a quick google search like this
Also, check out this student blog page, https://www.savethestudent.org/student-jobs/student-job-websites.html They cover so much that is super beneficial for students with lots of options to earn a bit of cash!
Now, let’s start with the jobs, shall we?
Hospitality and customer service type roles:
There are always the obvious choices of working in your local pub, cafe, or shop usually under roles including
- Bartender (over 18s)
- Sales Assistant
- Shop assistant (at places like Iceland and Tesco, or your local WHS, or Primark!)
Depending on where you look, these roles tend to require minimal experience, which is great if you’re an international student or a younger student who hasn’t had the chance to do much work before coming to Uni. These types of roles, particularly. In the hospitality sector tend to be very good with tips as well, so aside from your salary, you’re sure to take home some extra cash! (As long as you’re positive and provide good customer service)
Of course, not everyone is made for or enjoys those kinds of roles. Some people (such as myself) just don’t have the coordination to carry a tray of drinks from the bar to the table. I speak from experience, it’s better to find a job that you can do well, tan just Amy job that you might not be able to shine through in. Plus, you’re more likely to get a good recommendation after you leave the job if you’ve done it well!
Remote/Uni Based Roles:
Anyways, that leads me into another category of jobs that are student-friendly, and a lot more flexible! These are mostly remote or campus-based jobs, things like:
- campus brand ambassadors (always in high demand)
- student bloggers (because yes, we do get paid, although that isn’t the only reason we do this!)
- student ambassadors (not to be confused with brand ambassadors, these people represent the university!)
- department specific ambassadors (like me!)
All of these roles are more long term, so you know you can depend on them, but they are also less consistent with pay since they are dependant on you actually participating in events and making progress. You get paid based on the work you do, rather than a constant monthly payment.
Temporary and Small Roles:
There are also tons of small part-time opportunities that are available through Unitemps. Unitemps is a job search platform, and it’s also where you would log your hours for any of the uni based jobs.
Oftentimes, Unitemps will also have tons of postings for roles like event staff for a weekend, or a one night bartender gig. These are the last resort types of gigs to take part in when you’ve got some spare time and could use the spare cash!
Advice for international students:
For most international students, regardless of your home country, you’ll be studying on a tier 4 visa (like me!) which gives you certain restrictions on how much you can work.
This is typically 20 hours a week during term time, because ultimately you are in the UK to study, and if you get a job that is a part-time thing in your free time. So keep this in mind when applying to roles, because if the description requires someone to work 35 hours a week then you’ll have to pass, or wait until you’re on holiday to take up the role.
I’d also really recommend applying for a National Insurance number early on if you do plan on working, because you’ll need it for any job you apply for, and the process can take up to 20 weeks in total to complete.
It’s also important to keep in mind how long you’ll be in your uni accommodation and any home travels because your job may only give you 2 weeks of holiday, meaning you need to plan going home accordingly or find another job.
These things might seem complicated at first, particularly for newbies and internationals who just don’t have any experience working in the UK, but it really is super worth it to find a job for your time at Uni, whether to help with rent or to add a little boost to your nights our and Sunday morning brunches! You can save up for a trip over easter, or binge your first paycheck that same weekend on a night out to remember (or forget lol).
As always, if you have any questions for me, related to the blog, or about anything else, just pop me a message!