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Jobs whilst you are a student
Jobs whilst you are a student
Date: 20/08/01, updated on 22/03/04 (79 review reads)
Advantages: Money, Alternative, Experience
Disadvantages: Not always available
It is inevitable that some students will need to work during their time at uni. A job will not necessarily mean that your studies will be neglected, thats up to you. But what is available? The Student?s Union are pretty good at advertising local work and there is always the job centre. These places however tend to churn out the usual jobs. I know that I didn't want to work in a bar, get paid minimum wage and not get to go out with my mates. Here are a six alternatives to earn a bit of cash and gain some experience.
1. Guinnea Pig
Psychology departments especially are always looking for participants to take part in their experiments. Our department at Lancaster pay about £3 for a 15 minute experiment, that works out at £12 an hour if you do enough experiments. Don?t be put off by the term ?psychology?, most of the experiments do not require any electrical rods and the researchers do not wear white coats! The nature of experiments tend to be memory and perception based. Downside is that you can only do them once and there is only a certain amount of experiments going on at one time.
2. Teaching Assistant in School
I was on the Casual Non-Teaching Register in Lancaster. This means that if any of the classroom assistants or special support assistants are ill or on courses, the school phones up and you take their place. I was paid £6.32/hr. To get enough work it is up to you to be known by the schools. For example, drop in to the schools or phone them to check they?ve got your details. This work is great if you want experience with children or in schools and is looked upon favourably by PGCE admissions tutors.
3. Teaching Assistant at Uni
Some departments need postgrad and final year students to help in the workshops, lab sessions and seminars. This is not widely available but does pay well. Depending on what you are doing the pay ranges between £7 & £15.
4. Life Model
If you?ve got the guts to strip off for the f
irst year art students can earn you a little extra. They look for models who have more interesting bodies than your average skinny catalogue model. My housemate with a curvy body and tattoos modelled in her second year, they loved her! She enjoyed doing it and they look after her. She can have a drink or move whenever she wants. They play by her rules. She got paid £8 and hour.
5. Bank Work
No, not robbing banks, although it could be fun?Local hospitals and care homes often need staff to stand in when they are inevitably understaffed. Pay usually starts from £6/hr but increases considerably for weekend and evening work. I have a couple of friends who really enjoy working in the local mental ward. They get as much work as they want and relevant experience for their future careers.
Local swimming pools cry out for qualified lifeguards. The course costs between £60 and £150 and gives you the training required. It is tough but enjoyable. The course is mainly first aid and rescue techniques but you have to have fitness and theory tests too. It was the hardest exam I have ever taken but would recommend it! The pay varies from minimum to about £15/hr for specialist activities. The hours fit in well with lectures as more lifeguards are needed at weekends and early evenings.
Try them out!