Aug 03, 2016— read in full
Jobs and Making Money: the Essential Guide
Do I need a job?
To start working out whether you’ll need to work while at uni, you need to review your finances and make a budget. If you find you can’t cover all your costs without working, you’ll probably need a part-time job. Either way, thinking carefully about how much you’ll spend on what is much more reliable than guessing or following a hunch.
Remember, working while you study isn’t just about the money: you also gain valuable experience for your CV - and some students even find the start of their career.
Balancing work and study
- Working during the holidays will be less disruptive than working during term
- Evening and weekend work such as bar work won’t clash with lectures
- Working close to uni will make life a lot easier - a long journey makes a job eat into your time even more
- Try to cut down for exams and coursework: you will need to dedicate more time to your course at these times.
What job should I look for?
- Work in the university is usually conveniently located and usually flexible when it comes to exams or coursework. You could work in a student bar or as a student ambassador.
- If you already have a job at home and it’s with a national chain like a supermarket, you might be able to arrange to work for the same company during term-time.
- Some jobs don’t take up as much time as it seems: working in the union bar might be part of your social life as well as a job, while a job with lots of quiet time might even give you a chance to do some study.
- You could also sign up with a recruitment agency, who can help you find a job that fits your needs in term-time or the holidays, or use a website like The Student Job to help you find jobs for students.
How else can I get some extra cash?
- Volunteer for experiments: students of subjects like psychology are often looking for people to run their experiments on, and there’s often a cash reward for a few hours of your time. Keep an eye on noticeboards, mailing lists and even Facebook for opportunities.
- Start a business: it might sound daunting, but starting a business can be a good way to make money, fits around your studies and could kick-start your career.
Do I need to pay tax?
Most part-time jobs won’t bring in enough cash for you to have to pay tax. You will have to pay National Insurance if you earn more than £149/week, but this will normally be taken straight out of your pay. Find out more with our full guide to tax.