Get a job mate! Five ways to earn money

Keen to start saving for next year’s Ibiza trip, a shiny new Xbox or that outrageously pricey pair of boots? There are loads of ways to make some extra dosh which don’t involve washing neighbours’ cars or cleaning up the dog poop in your garden. Waiting Tables that is. Waiting and waitressing is a common first job for loads of people and can be really fun and flexible. Waiting work can be found in cafes, restaurants, bars, fast food outlets – you name it. As a waiter you will either have to keep an eye on a whole premise or…

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The most bonkers jobs in Britain

We all know the kind of job roles that get talked about in session with careers advisors. Teacher, admin assistant, engineer, mechanic, strolling elf… Hang on, what? Yes, last year, one recruitment company was asked to try find a strolling elf for a client – according to a new survey carried out by CV Library. The UK’s leading independent job board ask their site users for the most unusual job roles they’d recruited for recently. Here’s a flavour of the most bizarre… Cricket Mascot – Warrington: £7.00/hour Seeking an outgoing and self-motivated individual to become Lizzie the Lizard, the mascot…

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Watch the show. Get the job.

Ever found yourself watching your favourite TV show and thought, ‘They’ve got the best job EVER. How do you do that?’ We do. All the time. (Apart from when we’re watching Orange is the New Black. Obvs.) Kirsty McKenzie’s taken a look at some of TV’s leading ladies and found out how you get the brilliant jobs they have. Rachel Zane, Suits, Paralegal Law is fast becoming a very over-crowded market – the number of training contracts for would-be solicitors has fallen from more than 6,000 in 2008 to 5,200 in 2013. Working as a paralegal, like Rachel Zane in Suits,…

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Apprenticeships: Earn while you learn

With Scottish Apprenticeship Week kicking off today, we take a look at how apprenticeships work, what you get out of it and how to get involved It’s one of the biggest crises we all face – what am I going to do when I finish school? Continuing with education at college or uni isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s another learning option which could pay off – literally! Modern Apprenticeships offer Scots the chance to get started in the workplace, earn money and pick up a qualification all at the same time – a pretty sweet deal. It’s a mixture of practical work and studying, so great for those who enjoy…

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YOUR VIEW: To tattoo or not to tattoo?

Lindsay Duncan looks at one of the last taboos in the world of work – body modification. For students today, a big worry is finding a job after graduation. With thousands of qualified students eagerly looking for employment and not as many jobs available as we’d like, it can be extremely difficult and stressful for many to put their degree to good use. It is hard enough for students to even find part-time work while studying, so leaving the comfort of student life and stepping out into the ‘big bad world’ is never easy. This thought is hard to swallow for students…

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Travel the world… in just a few months!

Whether you’re at school where the summer holidays stretch to six weeks, you’ve got a a whopping three months of summer at university or you’ve just left education and not sure what to do next, why not get involved in a mini gap year project abroad? Laura Redpath takes a look at some of the best short-term gap options that the world has to offer… Summer backpacking Backpacking trips don’t necessarily have to cost a fortune. South-east Asia is an often coveted destination, and with its travel-friendly budget and must-see sights, it’s no surprise as to why. Start researching where you’d like to visit first and get Googling a cheap flight to get…

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What if I don’t know what I want to do?

Gap year student Leila Wallace offers some words of wisdom to those who aren’t quite sure what the future holds for them… When we were five, we all had our own idea about what we wanted to be when we grew up, some beyond our wildest dreams. Princesses we saw in Disney films, football icons or our favourite pop stars – everyone had a dream. It was definitely easier answering the question of what we wanted to be when we grew up then than it is now. Some people are lucky, and can make that dream a reality (we’re looking…

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HOW TO… Apply yourself

We break down the ins and outs of applying for the job of your dreams… Summer – a time for holidays, festivals, sleeping till three in the afternoon, epic day trips with your mates… And for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have a money tree in the back garden, it’s the season for looking into getting a job too. Whether you’re after your first full-time post after education or some part-time summer work, now’s the time to start getting applications out there before the end of the educational year. So how do you apply for jobs, and…

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8 fictional bosses you will definitely encounter in your working life

The employer-employee relationship is such a fruitful source for observational humour and covered in such depth by movies, books and television, that frequently a work of fiction will stumble upon a  management archetype scarily close to the reality of the modern workplace. Such is the popularity of this relationship there are whole films dedicated to it, such as 2011’s Horrible Bosses – though if you think you’re going to turn up for your first day of work to find Jennifer Anniston then you, my friend, are deluded, dreaming or in no fit mental state to be seeking gainful employment. To clear…

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