With the usual bar and retail gigs off-limits, searching for a part-time job can feel pretty hopeless for students right now. But despite the world being on fire, unfortunately we all still have bills to pay! Here’s the lowdown on how you can get a part-time job during lockdown

How to become an essential worker

It’s not just Doctors and 100-year-old Veterans (shout out to Captain Tom!) who can become #nationalheros during the pandemic. You too can help your community by becoming a part-time carer. Most care work is incredibly flexible, ranging from just a few hours a week to full-time work, so it’s the perfect way to earn a bit of extra cash in between zoom lectures. Depending on your preference, you could either work within a residential home or provide domiciliary care to the elderly. Home Instead is currently hiring for a number of vacancies in the Chester and Ellesmere Port area and pays £10.50 an hour. Find out more about the application process here.

How to become an online tutor

If you’re not too keen on the idea of leaving the house to work, then tutoring is the job for you! Flexible, fulfilling and fits around your schedule, online tutoring will help you put your degree to good use and add valuable skills to your CV, all whilst earning a bit of extra pocket money on the side. There are plenty of different online agencies which will source the clients for you, such as MyTutor, so all you need to do is sign up and start teaching!

How to become a delivery driver

Everyone knows that one of the main perks of working in a restaurant or bar is the tips. But with all this uncertainty around an extended lockdown, no one can really know when the industry will be back open for business. In the meantime, you can still get tipped handsomely by working as a food courier. If you’re fortunate enough to own a bike or car at Uni, why not consider becoming a fast-food delivery driver? Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats are all currently searching for new drivers in the Chester area, so you can take your pick!

Whether you’ve managed to bag yourself a part-time job or you’re relying on your student loan, we have a range of reasonably priced student houses in Chester to match any budget. Pop into Hoots HQ for a chat or give us a call on 01244 399734 to find out more.