Best Summer Jobs 2022 for UK Students
Summer is the perfect time to get a temporary job and earn some money ahead of the new academic year. To help you get started, here’s a list of the best summer jobs for students.
Looking for a summer job? We know of loads that can boost your CV and earn you decent money.
Your first stop should be our part-time job search. You’ll find a huge range of jobs that are perfect for students in your area.
And if you’re hoping for some inspiration, we go through a list of the top summer jobs below. Some, you may well have thought of already. Others are a bit more surprising – but could be ideal.
7 top summer jobs
Here are the best summer jobs for students:
1. Retail work
If you’re able to find a job in a shop, this is a great way to earn cash over the summer. You might even be able to keep the job when you start studying again, just with fewer hours. When it comes to retail work, there’s a wide range of options. You could consider supermarkets, high-street chains, or independent stores. Think about which shops are best suited to your interests and career goals. For example, if you want to work in publishing, see if there are any local bookstores that have job vacancies. Or, if you’re keen to go into the food industry, you could try to get a job in a delicatessen.
2. Work abroad
Keen to travel and make money? See if you can find a summer job overseas.
We go through some different jobs to consider in our full guide to working abroad. A few examples are:
- Becoming an au pair for a family
- Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL)
- Working as a holiday rep.
You could also look into working for an American summer camp. These are great ways to teach your favorite hobbies while seeing the USA (and earning money in the process!).
3. Work in a restaurant, cafe, or bar
Whether working as a waiter/waitress, behind the bar, or in the kitchen, hospitality jobs can be perfect for summer.
Some companies (especially chain restaurants) have good employee benefits like free food.
Have a look for jobs in cafes, bars, and restaurants in your area. Small independent businesses are likely to advertise job vacancies by placing a sign in their window, so keep an eye out for these.
And you can find loads of hospitality jobs for students by clicking the button below.
4. TV or film extra
Ever thought about working as an extra for a film or TV show?
It’s a great part-time job to do during the term as it usually involves flexible hours. But, as you can earn around £80+ per day, being able to work more hours during your break from uni could make this a very lucrative summer job.
5. Temp work
When looking for a summer job, it can help to sign up with a temp agency. They should be able to help you find short-term work contracts with good rates of pay.
There can be a huge range of roles available as temporary contracts. You might find opportunities that involve admin, customer service, sales, warehouse tasks, working on reception, and more.
You could gain some valuable experience through temp work that would look great on your CV.
A good place to find flexible and temporary roles is Indeed Flex (link below).
6. Work for your university
Working for your university is easily one of the best jobs for students – and not just during term time.
Over the summer, you might find there’s work available at your uni in loads of different areas, like accommodation, admin, and events.
Chat to the careers team or student services to find out how to apply for summer jobs at your uni.
You might also be able to find temporary jobs at unis by searching on job sites like CV-Library.
Throughout the school holidays, many parents will be looking for babysitters to look after their kids during the work day.
As you’ll have so much time off over the summer, babysitting to help out working parents could be an ideal summer job.
To find babysitting jobs, you could ask any parents you know whether they’d be interested in hiring you, like family friends and aunts/uncles.
Parents will likely prefer to hire babysitters who they already know and trust. And equally, if you already know the children you’d be looking after, it’ll be easier for both you and them.