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The best jobs for university students

The best jobs for university students
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There are many reasons why you might want to get a part-time job while you’re at university. You might just be in need of some extra spending money. Or perhaps you want to gain some valuable work experience, boost your CV and meet new people. Whatever your situation, here is our list of the best jobs for university students right now.

1. Telesales

This is a perfect job if you are someone with good speaking skills and if you are not afraid to makes a sales pitch over the phone. Telesales is actually one of the best paying jobs for university students, with the average rate being around £12 per hour according to online job site CV-Library.

Keep in mind, however, that shift patterns may vary from week to week in telesales. However, this flexibility might actually help you balance your work and studies.

Another great benefit of working in telesales is that you stand to gain additional bonuses if you perform well.

2. Tutoring

Tutoring involves working with children, teenagers and even adults, providing educational advice and instruction on particular subject areas.

Hourly rates for tutoring vary depending on the subject and the requirements of the clients you work with.

One advantage of tutoring is that it can be done face-to-face or online. this offers flexibility to fit around your studies or to work with clients based anywhere in the world.

3. Hospitality

The food and beverage services industry is among the top providers of jobs for university students in the UK. Most of these jobs require little or no experience and tend to be quite flexible, allowing you to work part-time.

If you have an outgoing personality and good communication skills, a job in hospitality could be perfect for you as a university student.

An added benefit of jobs in hospitality is that you might be able to earn more in the form of tips from customers on top of your hourly wages. If you work in a restaurant, there could also be the added benefit of free meals!

4. Receptionist

Typical duties in this job include data entry, answering phones, keeping records and scheduling. This job provides a great opportunity for you as a university student to interact with professionals in your desired work industry and build a network on top of helping you earn extra money.

If you are pursuing a career that requires administrative skills such as office management and accounting, this could be a great fit for you.

5. Customer service assistant

Customer service jobs are an excellent way to earn some extra money while at the same time boosting your CV and improving your people skills. This can be a perfect job if you are someone who likes helping people to solve their problems or issues.

6. Virtual assistant

This is a relatively new area of work that has become increasingly popular among university students. A virtual assistant is an admin-savvy associate who helps busy professionals handle secretarial, office, bookkeeping and computing services, among other things.

If you know your way around a computer and the internet, this could be an excellent job for you as a university student. The biggest advantage? You can do it from the comfort of your room or hall of residence without ever setting foot into an actual office.

So, if you are uni student looking for a way to make money from home online, this could be the job for you.

7. Retail assistant

Working as a retail assistant is perfect for university students who are looking for a job that does not involve sitting around all day behind a desk. You could work in a shoe store, a clothes store or even a supermarket.

Your roles might include helping customers find products, organising store inventory, or performing routine clean up duties. Similar to jobs in the food and beverage services industry, this job also comes with a lot of flexibility. This can allow you to smoothly balance work with your studies.

A job as a retail assistant also helps improve your people skills, which is an aspect that can come in handy in your future career.  

Final word

Working part-time while in uni can help you do more than earn extra spending money. It can help you test out jobs that you may want to pursue after your studies. These jobs can also help you cultivate work habits that can serve you in your future full time job.

However, it is important that your job does not negatively impacts your studies. This is why it is a good idea to go for those jobs that have flexible schedules, allowing you to balance your work and your education.

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