One thing I love about Goldsmiths is the variety of ways you can earn money around campus. As someone who likes saying yes to anything and everything and who has been in her overdraft for almost a year now, I know firsthand the pain of being strapped for cash and wanting to do something about it.
So, I am here to offer you some tips on how to make some ~easy money~ around university based on my own personal experiences (desperation).
DISCLAIMER: All of these have been tried and tested by myself, and if there are more easy ways to make money - please leave a comment below!
1. Psychology experiments
Just like many other universities, we have a psychology department! They are located in the Whitehead Building and Ben Pimlott Building and regularly advertise psychology experiments on posters and flyers across university. Being a veteran 'experiment participant' in my gap year back in Oxford meant I could make as little as £10 for an hours worth of my time or even as much as £120 for regular visits!
At Goldsmiths, participating in psychology experiments will reward you with on the spot payment from £10+ and sometimes even extra compensation, like food!
Look out for these experiments which are hosted by both undergraduate and postgraduate students, or visit the department yourself.
Pros: cash in hand!
Cons: not advertised that often!
2. Telephone fundraising campaign
Every year, Goldsmiths run a 3 week telephone campaign with the purpose of fundraising for our Annual Fund. The fundraisers are students! Applications open quite a while in advance and the position is advertised via email and posters around campus.
I worked on the telephone campaign last year in March/April. After being selected for a group interview, in which you have to talk about why you love Goldsmiths and why you would be good on the telephone, many people get selected and then it begins! They employ a lot of people and all of you attend a two day training session and then you're off! The role is temporary, lasting only three weeks. You work two weekday evenings and then one full day on the weekend.
The role involves talking to alumni which can consist of recent graduates to retired pensioners and asking them to donate to the Annual Fund. It was very interesting to chat to ex students of Goldsmiths to find out what they got up to after their degree, and if you were brave enough you could ask them for work experience! At the end of the three weeks, I made £600!
Look out for an email and posters advertising the role in the spring term.
Pros: gain communication skills and earn fast money + bonuses in the form of chocolate and alcohol for getting good donations from alumni.
Cons: intense work which can get exhausting, lots of people go for the role!
3. PAL Mentor
PAL stands for Peer Assisted Learning and you might have seen more of this scheme around university this year already. I was a PAL Mentor last year, and I received a £250 bursary for volunteering at least an hours worth of my time each week to mentor first year students. After being interviewed (in a group of course) and then attending a two day training session, I was good to go. It was an easy job and meant that I could meet other students in my department I would never normally interact with.
The details of the role are described on the website, 'continuing students help new students make the transition to university life by providing a supportive environment for them to develop study skills, improve self-confidence, make friends and get the best from their studies. As a PAL Mentor this student will run workshops and study sessions and/or provide one on one support for new students.'
Anyone can apply for this role - so long as you are not in your first year of study (because how can you mentor someone about something you are yet to complete yourself) online during the summer term when the scheme recruits new PAL mentors for the next academic year.
Visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/eas/peer-assisted-learning/becoming-a-pal-mentor/, in order to find out more.
Pros: get help with your modules from other mentors, share in the struggle, change a 1st years' LIFE!
Cons: slow money (bursary is in three instalments).
DSC stands for Departmental Student Coordinator and now we also have DDSCs - Disabled Departmental Student Coordinators in every department too!
This is a Students' Union job that is also advertised like PAL - during the summer term in order to recruit DSCs for the next academic year. I am currently one of the Sociology DSCs, there are two, as well as a postgrad DSC and a DDSC.
My role involves 'acting as a senior representative, representing the academic views of students to their departments, the University and the Students' Union, via the attendance of committees, producing reports and making presentations.'
As a DSC you get a £700 bursary, paid in three instalments throughout the year. To apply to be a DSC, you fill in a short application form on the SU website and wait for an interview (not a group interview this time!) After securing the role, there is a day's worth of training and then you're off!
Visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/hear/activities/departmentalstudentcoordinator/ for more info on what the role entails.
Pros: rewarding role and you learn lots about your department, the SU + uni as well as producing a joint research report on a theme in higher education.
Cons: longer application form than PAL, competitive role, only few are selected.
5. Student Ambassador
Student Ambassadors are the students you see walking around campus with those strange looking orange t-shirts on. They are also one of the first people you would of met at an open day at Goldsmiths. I started my role as an Ambassador last year and have completed a ton of different jobs already - like working on open days, visiting schools, filling envelopes with letters and summer schools. The best thing about this role is it is flexible, they text and email you jobs (zero hour) and you set your availability. That means if you have a lecture on a specific day or you need time to study - you are not obliged to accept a job that is sent out to you!
The pay is the best bit - £11.15 an hour! But what exactly do you do as a Student Ambassador? Well, the website describes the role as, 'promoting and enhancing Goldsmiths' reputation to prospective students and their influencers. Student Ambassadors undergo a range of training which includes, making effective presentations, and working with young people. They are key to the delivery of activities which include events, campus tours, summer schools, college visits and open days.'
All you have to do is complete an application form, and if successful attend a group interview (clearly a Goldsmiths tradition) and then an induction day. Lots of ambassadors are recruited, and positions start being advertised during Autumn 2017 and the deadline is normally early October.
You can also apply online in the summer (like I did) if you are keen.
Pros: pay is the best around, jobs are varied and rewarding, you get to meet other students you didn't even know existed.
Cons: lots of ambassadors so you need to respond to a job when its offered fast or you will lose it, you can get carried away and put the jobs on offer before your studies and it is zero hour (jobs not as frequent as some would like).