What's the worst job you had as a student?

Pouring pints in grimy bars, handing out flyers in the street in the rain, and dressing up as a hot dog to sell new products: these are just some of the ways that cash-strapped students can earn money alongside their studies.

As a struggling student there's pressure to find a part-time job – any job – to help make ends meet. Whether it's babysitting the spawn of the devil or working in a demotivating call centre job, part-time jobs help meet the costs not covered by your student loan.

According to the NUS the average student has to find over £7,800 per academic year to cover the shortfall between their living costs and their student loan. This year 86% of students want to find summer work, according to a recent survey of 529 students run by the Student Room. But you shouldn't expect anything too glamourous: 79% of the students surveyed said there are too few jobs available, and 23% said conditions are worse for part-time staff than for their full-time colleagues.

It's a tough time to look for work, so it's hard to be too fussy as a student. Any opportunity to earn is one to be grabbed with both hands. I was once required to choreograph a dance routine as part of an interview for a bar job – and the job turned out to be awful too.

What's the worst job you've ever done? Do you have an unusual story of earning money as a broke student? How about part-time work that seemed great on paper but ended up being far from it? Or was there a job you thought you'd hate that actually turned out to be much better than expected? Share you experiences in the comments section.

(Source: TheGuardian)


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