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7 great student jobs you probably haven’t considered

Forget retail and bar jobs – there are plenty of great part-time jobs out there that probably haven't even crossed your mind…yet!mascotsAs we know, working a part-time job while you're at uni is a great way to boost your CV, meet new people and most importantly – rake in some extra cash!

But entering the competitive world of the part-time job hunt can be super daunting, as every student and their dog are looking for a way to supplement their student loan, which barely even covers rent these days.

So why not increase your chances of landing something great by looking where others don't?

The hardest part of working during term time is juggling shifts with your studies, and most universities recommend you work no more than 15 hours per week. Check out our guide to getting the balance right.

7 student jobs you've probably never considered

  1. Public relations (PR)

    PR-JobWorking in PR is a perfect option if you're an outgoing, enthusiastic and social person. A lot of brands are interested in hiring student ambassadors  – or ‘Student Brand Managers' as they're also called – to promote them online. As a student, you have something totally invaluable to brands: access to the student market!

    Often brands will ask you to post about them on your Facebook to get interest from your friends, or they'll simply just ask you to spread the word in exchange for a bit of commission.

    Doing PR for clubs and student nights (where you get paid a small commission for every person you get into the club) is also a popular option for students, and this can be as easy as creating a Facebook event and inviting everyone in your halls, or flyering on campus.

    While it can look like easy money, PRing for clubs is a late night job, so it's important not to let it interfere with making it to lectures the next day.

    Most companies will ask to see your Facebook profile when you apply, because PR is all about knowing people. Best get working on your friends list then, eh?

    This kind of work is particularly useful to students who are interested in a career in marketing, and is a great way to build contacts.

    How to get started: Try googling ‘student brand manager' or just reach out to your favourite brands and ask if they're looking for a student ambassador.

  2. Tutoring

    TutoringParents will pay big money to help their kids get decent grades, and if you're confident in your subject, that money could find it's way straight into your pocket.

    You'll need top grades to do this, as well as be blessed with a lot of patience, and confidence working with young people to be good at this one. A high point is that some parents will even give you a bonus if their child gets the grade that they want. Nice!

    Working as a language tutor is a fantastic way to boost your CV, and it also opens doors for you to teach abroad in the summer (although teaching English is also perfect to land you a TEFL gig abroad).

    If you were always the best at English at school, or algebra comes easily to you, use your skills to make money and get a warm fuzzy feeling that you're helping someone achieve their best.
    How to get started: Find out everything you need to know in our guide to making money as a tutor.

  3. Resident Assistant

    Student Resident Assistant Do you live in student halls? Love it so much that the idea of leaving next year just breaks your heart?

    Becoming a Resident Assistant at your dorm might mean you don't have to go anywhere! RA roles basically involve being like a live-in supervisor for your building: You'll be the person students come to if they have an electrical fault, they've found a wasp nest by their window or there's a fire in their kitchen.

    But don't worry – you won't have to sort these issues yourself! RAs simply act as the middle man between student housing companies and students, to save them being bombarded with emails on a daily basis.

    Whilst you don't technically get paid for this position, you will get to live in halls free of charge, and with student housing rents rising as much as 11% this year alone, this is sure to save you a lot of cash each month.

    As an RA, you might also be required to run some team building exercises like movie nights and pub crawls, which can be fun!

    How to get started: Contact your university housing provider to see if there are any RA vacancies up for grabs!

  4. Childminding

    noodlesbabyUse your many years of experience bossing about your younger siblings to earn some extra cash.

    Lots of working parents need someone to pick their children up from school or nursery and keep them entertained until they get home, and that's where flexible uni timetables come in handy! If you're good with kids this is a great option, and the money is normally pretty decent too!

    Having a driving license is usually an advantage (but is by no means essential), and you can also stick to offering your services at night instead, which admittedly involves less work as you'll spend most of your shift being paid to watch telly whilst the little ones sleep.

    Getting some informal experience with children while you are at university might come in handy if you choose to work as an au pair abroad, or move into primary teaching.

    How to get started: Signing up to agencies will get you frequent jobs, but they will take a cut of what you make. Often the best option is just going by word of mouth – let everyone you know you're in the babysitting game and the offers will roll in!

If you're not keen on the ‘child' part of ‘childminding', pet sitting is basically the same thing but with furry friends instead!
  1. Working for your university

    Uni-AmbassadorSometimes the best opportunities are right under your nose! There are heaps of different opportunities to start making some cash on campus.

    The most obvious would be landing a job at your union – meaning you'll get to see your friends while you earn some dough (but this can also be torture if you're desperate to join in the fun!).

    Most universities are keen to hire students to call up alumni for donations, and as uncomfortable as this work can be, it does tend to pay well (and shifts are normally in the evenings so they won't clash with classes).

    Another good option is to work as a student ambassador for your uni, where you'll visit schools and speak to the general public about how fab your uni is in order to bring in new students.

    These positions are paid and tend to be really flexible so you can work around your timetable and deadlines.

    How to get started: Check out your uni's website, as most will have a jobs page with different options.

  2. Become an extra

    become an extra

    Rather than spending all your time watching Netflix, why not be on Netflix yourself?

    Ok, so we can't guarantee that you'll end up on Netflix if you become an extra, but there's certainly a chance of it happening, and that's good enough for us.

    In terms of qualifications, you don't actually need any to become an extra – just a good work ethic and a patient attitude!

    The hours can be fairly long, and you'll often be asked to work at fairly short notice, but depending on the job, you could be earning well over £80 a day!

    How to get started: Read our guide to making money as an extra and then sign up with an agency!

  3. Temp work

    promo workIf you're not interested in turning up to the same place every shift, signing up to temp agencies that provide staff to businesses looking for an extra pair of hands for the day can be a great option.

    The good thing about this kind of work is that there's loads of variety in the jobs you do, you'll get to meet lots of new faces and the money is pretty decent.

    You also won't have to deal with the commitment of a permanent job, and you can choose when you're able to work and when you can't.

    The pitfall of temp work is that unfortunately you won't be entitled to the same employment rights that part-time workers get – find out more here.

    The most common positions for temp jobs are hosting at events, catering or bar work: From serving drinks at conferences to dressing up as a mascot to sell peperamis in the street, this is a good way to make money as and when you really need it!

    How to get started: You'll need to sign up to a temping agency for this sort of work (or two, if you're really keen!).

Remember that if you go for temp work, you'll need to declare your own tax. We've got everything you need to know in our tax guide right here.

If these all sound like they involve a bit too much commitment for your liking, have a peak at our guide to making cash online – whilst these hacks won't provide a steady income, play the game right and you could rake in a fair bit of pocket money!

Or, alternatively, if they don't sound like enough of a commitment, check out the story of the student who owns and runs an alpaca farm in her spare time.

Need a bit more help on the whole job hunt process? Check out our guide to finding a part time job for some additional support. Remember we also have a handy part-time jobs search tool for you to check out if none of the above float yer boat.

Know of any lesser-known jobs worth shouting about within the student community? Please share in the comments!

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