The first exam season for university students is just about over and, with all that revision, you may think that you simply don’t have time for a part-time job.
Of course, your studies should come first – while the money may look good in your pocket now, it won’t help you get a job a few years down the line. But, the student loan will only go so far, right?
It would be all very well saying that the first thing to go out the window when money is tight is nights out. But this would be a very irresponsible thing to say – part of the university experience is a social life and finding out about who you are. No-one will hire you, even if you’ve got a top notch degree if you have zero life experience.
There are many ways to enjoy cheap nights out – the inordinate amount of flyers you get handed on your way to lectures advertising free drinks or entry to clubs is probably the most common method. However, what if your interests extend outside of dancing and boozing? What if you’re a music or comedy lover?
Gigs are expensive, especially if your tastes are mainstream. But did you know that you can actually get in for free? All you need to do is apply for work as a reviewer on any number of review websites in the UK. A Google search will reveal hundreds of options - www.thegigreview.co.uk and www.scorpio-promotions.com are a couple of examples.
If they agree to take you on board, you get free entry to the gig and all you have to do is write a few hundred words about the gig. You might even get to meet and interview some of your heroes - all whilst not paying a penny. One of my friends who does this says he’s saved £7000 a year doing this.
The reason this type of ‘job’ is perfect for students is that the gigs are distributed to writers on a pick and choose basis. So, if your work piles up, you have no obligation to write for them. However, if you find yourself with too much time on your hands, you can usually go to as many gigs as you desire.
Or you could go work in a coffee shop. Your choice.