5 summer jobs you haven't thought of

Here at Student Money Saver we’re all about planning ahead when it comes to cash flow. Right now you’ve probably just had a nice loan injection, maybe some Christmas money, perhaps even a cheeky bursary or scholarship payment. Now let’s journey forward...

It’s the end of May. Exams are (hopefully) over. If you haven’t got any travel plans, you’ll most likely be heading home for the summer. Your next loan installment is due in... three months?! Shit. Major cash shortage.

The most obvious (and arguably most effective) way to combat this situation is to get a summer job. Lots of tourist attractions and shops get a lot busier during the summer months and therefore must take on ‘seasonal’ staff for this period. Seasonal staff like you.

Working the summer months should provide you with lots of lovely cash. Lets say you earn £6 an hour working full time for the three months, that’s a summer profit of almost £3000!

A summer job will also have the following added benefits:

  • Enhancing your CV
  • Decreasing levels of boredom
  • Allowing you to meet new people
  • Social events (Buckingham Palace has an annual ball for its summer staff)
  • Providing an escape from irritating siblings/parents/pets at home

If you’re interested, you need to start applying NOW as many stop taking applications around February.

Here’s our selection of favourites:

legoland job idea

Merlin Group

LEGOLAND (Windsor)

Doing what?
Various Team Member roles available

For how much?
£6.50 per hour

For how long?
(We're waiting for confirmation from Merlin)

Deadline: Sat 31 Jan

glastonbury festival job

Glastonbury Festivals

Glastonbury Festival (Worthy Farm, Somerset)

Doing what?
Kitchen/Service Assistant

For how much?
Not specified, includes free entry to Glasto on shift days.

For how long?
Choose either a two week position (20th June - 5th July) or a seven week position (29th May - 18th July)

Deadline: Sat 31 Jan

wimbledon summer job

Compass Group

Wimbledon tennis championships 2015 (Wimbledon, London)

Doing what?
Food Service Assistant
Bar Staff
Plate Waiting Staff

For how much?
Not stated, but includes meals

For how long?
27th June - 12th July


camp america student jobs

Camp America

USA summer camps (various locations)

Doing what?
Advanced Skills Counsellor

For how much?
$600 - $1200 (varies by role), although you also have to pay some initial fees and your flights to the USA.

Deadline: When you fill out the online application, you will be asked to select and interviewer and arrange an interview - the interview must take place by the beginning of April. Alternatively, see if there's a Camp America Recruitment Fair coming up at your uni (you can get hired on the spot at these!)

BUNAC work experience

BUNAC’S Work America programme

USA - various locations

Doing what?
Working at…

Theme Parks
Water Parks
Country Clubs
Retail Stores
Bars and restaurants
Spa Resorts

For how much?
$7 - $12 per hour plus tips!

For how long?
June to September

Come along to the Work America Jobs Fair on Wed 4th Feb in London to get hired on the spot!

Other ideas:

  • Check individual shops and restaurants, either on their careers websites if they have them or pop into the store and ask if they're hiring summer staff.
  • Apply for an internship or summer placement. You can see what's available on sites like Rate My Placement or Milkround - they are usually very competitive and involve several rounds of tests and interviews, so ask your university careers service for some advice before applying. Summer internships are typically available in accountancy, banking, finance, HR, marketing, IT and compliance (legal).
  • Have a look at your university's own careers website or pop into the careers centre. Local employers looking for seasonal workers often use uni websites to advertise.

Happy job hunting!