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Finding work isn’t always as hard as it may seem. There are plenty of job vacancies posted online and in newspapers every day, so you should be able to have a wide range of options to try out. Have a good look at the jobs available, and then send the company offering employment your CV.

You may be limited to certain jobs if you come straight out of school or college, as you do not have a degree or apprenticeship qualification. However, many people have followed this route successfully.

Part-time jobs

If you have time outside of your studies, you might consider getting a part-time job. This will allow you to have more money, for either the essentials or to fund the nights out that many students love.

There will likely be a number of opportunities, either within the Students’ Union (SU) or local businesses and shops, to work. Supermarkets are always a good option for a part-time job, as they offer reasonable wages and generally do not ask for experience. You may even be able to get a transfer to a store closer to home at the end of term.

Restaurants can also be a good choice, as these are usually evening shifts, and can have additional perks, such as free food and tips. Bars and nightclubs can also offer similar experiences, including discounted drinks.

Summer jobs

If you find yourself with plenty of spare time and a need for money, why not get yourself a summer job? There are likely to be a number of these available in your local area, and it’s a great way to get yourself a bit of extra money. It can also provide you with something to fill the potentially empty days of a summer break.

Many small jobs will pop up in the summer due to the better weather, such as grass cutting and gardening jobs, or car washes. These can provide a bit of extra cash, or if you want to earn more, you could try to get seven-hour shifts at proper stores and warehouses.

You could even do some work abroad for the summer, with options including summer camps or bar work at party resorts such as Ibiza, Magaluf, Malia, Kavos and more. There are a few companies that offer summer work abroad, such as Camp America. However, it is worth remembering that these types of summer jobs are often unpaid and actually cost you money. Make sure you don’t rush into any decisions, and talk it through with your parents or guardians first.

Work abroad

Getting a job abroad can be a very rewarding experience for students. Not only will you be able to earn money, but you can gain independence and experience a new way of life.

Some students choose to work abroad during the summer holidays each year, or during a gap year before university. Popular gap year destinations include Australia, New Zealand and the USA, partly due to English being the official language.

While working abroad can be very rewarding, it can also be expensive and complicated. You may need a visa to work in certain countries, and the length of your stay can also play a role here. Ensure you check all the details thoroughly to avoid problems, because you don’t want to waste time stressing about paperwork when you’re in the country.