Get a part-time job that makes sense for uni

The 2-minute noodle and Passion Pop diet is real.

Going to university doesn’t inherently make you poor but it’s definitely a common theme among students.

Finding a part-time gig is hard and finding a part-time gig that works nicely around a university schedule is EVEN harder. I myself worked primarily as a barista throughout uni making sub-par coffee for sub-par people and often rocking up late to lectures covered in sweaty coffee grinds. I would always have to fight my boss for upping or lowering my shifts to fit with lecture and exam timetables.

However the money is out there and dream jobs DO EXIST. After polling a group of past university students, I’ve compiled a list of the best ways to make money at uni and still maintain your sanity and social life.

First and foremost, before committing to a job, you should explore your ability to receive scholarships and/or Centrelink (free money is the best money). Finding out if you’re actually eligible for Centrelink will probably be the hardest endeavour you’ve ever undertaken but push through it! Between your friends and Centrelink staff there’s a lot of bad information out there so make sure you get at least 3 Nos before giving up.

In regards to scholarships, comb through all of your university, faculty, student union and society webpages. You will be surprised how many amazing scholarships are out there. Free money alone is a great deal but getting some form of scholarship in your early years can often give you an easy pathway straight into a post-uni full-time job.

After you’ve explored the free money option, you should try to get part-time work in your field of study (even if it’s just the mail-room). You’ll be surprised how many industry professionals will happily take cold calls and invitations to a free coffee to talk about their experience. Use those conversations to eventually ask for a part-time position. These professionals have been in your shoes and they will generally appreciate your university timetable.

Finally if job in your field of study isn’t possible then you should consider these part-time jobs that will complement your lectures and study loads.

  1. Tutoring

Tutoring is the perfect job for students who achieve good grades. Teach what you’re learning and be your own boss. Vygo is the best platform for academic students to source and manage tutoring work.

  1. After-hours cleaning

Cleaning work offices provide you with dependable hours outside of your uni timetables and you’ll be able to listen back to lecture recordings as you do it!

  1. Event Staff

Working for a large event staff company such as Spotless allows you to work out of uni hours and be very flexible with the amount of work you take on. This means you can say no to shifts during exam periods.

  1. Markets

Working for a fruit stall at your local markets every Saturday morning works well for students because it gives you dependable hours and often pays cash in hand!

  1. Food delivery

With the success of Uber EATS, Deliveroo and Foodora there is a plethora of job opportunities for students willing to clock up some kilometers on their bicycle in the evenings. Fresh air, exercise, and a wage? Sounds perfect.

If you have any ideas for other perfect uni jobs or money making tips (outside of crypto billionaire) please let us know. We’d love to grow this list for other students, so give us a shout out on social media #vygo #unijobs


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