April 21, 2017, by Grace Pownall
Five Fun Ways to Make Money at University
By Grace Pownall, third year, MEng Hons Civil Engineering
Balancing part time work with a full time degree can be a daunting prospect. However, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. During my time at Nottingham, I have had several temporary, casual jobs – but none of them felt like hard work. In fact, they were really fun. Here are some examples of ways you can gain a bit of extra cash while increasing your employability and enjoying yourself:
1. Become a student ambassador
The University employs hundreds of students to help out at open days and UCAS applicant days. For the last two years I’ve been an ambassador for my school, the Department of Civil Engineering, giving tours of lab facilities and talking to parents and students interested in my course.
I find the experience really enjoyable and rewarding. It often reminds me of the reasons why I decided to study civil engineering, which helps motivate me – especially when I’m struggling with a difficult piece of coursework! There’s also usually free lunch too…
2. Join a calling campaign
When you applied here, you might have received a phone call from a current student like me asking if you had any questions about the campus, the course, or the city. I enjoyed this for the same reasons as being a student ambassador – but you don’t have to spend the whole day on your feet, just a few hours in a comfy chair. If you have a phobia of making phone calls to strangers, this might cure it. Practice makes perfect after all.
3. Say cheese!
The University is always looking for willing students to feature in photography for new prospectuses and campaigns. This is great provided you don’t mind your face promoting the University on the back of a bus or on a massive poster. I’ve participated in several videos for the Faculty of Engineering marketing team, and it’s always been a bit of a laugh.
4. Explore campus online
The digital team are always looking for people to share their experiences with prospective students. This can be through various mediums: vlogs, twitter Q&As or event Snapchat takeovers. Who doesn’t want to be paid to run around campus taking pictures?
5. Write about your experiences
You don’t have to be an English student to write for the University; as an Engineering student I have swapped numbers for letters and enjoyed writing for a range of different blogs, sharing my experiences. Writing about the things you’re passionate about is an easy way to make money.
Unitemps is a great place to start looking for part-time casual work. If you want to find out more, check out their website and register now. You can also find more information about part time work online.