This month students will be heading off to university, some for the first time while others will be back for their second or third years.
Top on their agenda is likely to be socialising, Freshers’ Week and settling into their accommodation. But at the back of their minds – and certainly in their parents’ minds – is also the issue of student debt.
Tuition fees were introduced way back in 1998, and were then at a maximum of £1,000 per year. In 2004 the maximum went up to £3,000 and memorably in 2012 it rocketed to £9,000.
Now each student could potentially be taking out a loan of £9,250 per year to cover tuition fees. Add to that the maintenance loans to cover living expenses, and it won’t come as a surprise to learn that the average debt, when a student graduates, now stands at more than £50,000. That’s a pretty eye-watering amount for a young person starting out.
Jobs for students
Help with this financial burden could lie in part-time work. If you’re a student worrying about debt, there’s likely to be a job out there for you to fit around your course, which will help you make ends meet and might event mean you can take out a smaller loan.
Contact time with tutors – in other words, the time you spend in lectures or tutorials – is notoriously low. The national average hovers around 13 hours a week, so that gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to looking for a part-time job.
Best sectors for students to work in
If you’re on a campus, there are likely to be jobs available for students. Most offer positions in bars, the library, as hall reps, or uni ambassadors. Just keep an eye on the university notice boards and website to see what’s available.
Hospitality is a diverse industry, and working in a local bar or restaurant is likely to offer shifts that fit around your course.
You could consider working in a care home or becoming a home carer. You will need to undergo training in the requirements of the Care Certificate, and on-going training is also required, but these are all transferable skill and offers many opportunities for part-time work.
Finally, signing up to an agency for temping could be a good source of part-time work. If you’re clear about your skills and your available hours, you could find yourself working in lots of interesting companies and, you never know, building up contacts for your future working life.
For more help and advice about part-time and temping work, please get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing.