Side-Hustles for Medical Students

Earning money on the side can be difficult as a medical student. With a shedload of debt, endless hours spent studying and never-ending exams, finding a job that can fit in with your schedule feels like mission impossible. Sometimes a traditional job such as working in retail or waitressing is just not feasible, so we created this post to get you thinking about ways to earn money on the side as a medical student.



Many of the options listed are flexible and work with tighter schedules. Have an honest conversation with yourself about the number of hours you can work. Contrary to popular belief, there is the opportunity to find time to earn money as a medical student. Learn to work smart, not hard and you will end up freeing up some time to earn some money.



Tutoring:


Number one on the list is tutoring - a very popular job amongst medical students. As a tutor, your responsibilities include supporting your student’s learning, instilling confidence and setting the foundations for their future. Tutoring often requires tutors to be knowledgeable about their chosen fields, good communicators and patient. Luckily, for most medical students, they often possess these skills, making them an attractive choice for parents and tutoring agencies.


Also, the potential to earn as a tutor is impressive. With some tutors charging as little as £10 per hour to some charging a whopping £150 (sometimes more) per hour, there is the opportunity to rake in some serious change. Based on your experience and qualifications, you will be able to set a price for your services. Make sure that your prices are reflective of the quality of your teaching.


Consider tutoring if you are someone who enjoys teaching younger students. The best tutors will have a great relationship with their students and often serve as great mentors and role models for them. As much as the money is enticing, if you are unable to do your job well and support your students, you may want to consider doing something else.


For students interested in tutoring and are unsure of where to start, especially if it’s been years since you last sat your GCSE exams, let us know if you would like a blog post on it.



Health Care Assistant (HCA)

HCAs are known as healthcare support workers whose aim is to make the patient’s experience as comfortable and as stress free as possible. Some of their roles may include washing and dressing patients, making beds, helping patients move around. HCA roles provide medical students with hands-on experience and the opportunity to see healthcare from a different perspective.


Being a HCA requires very few prerequisite requirements and shifts can be taken up flexibly. Many HCA jobs offer Bank shifts, where workers can choose when they want to work which is great for medical students.



Monetize Your Skills

You’d be surprised by the number of skills that can be monetized. From being a makeup artist, photographer, fitness guru, graphic designer, tutor, hairdresser, web developer, the list really is endless. Contrary to personal belief and doubt, you probably have something you are good at that you could charge a fee for.


Even if you are not yet an expert in your field, start investing in yourself. In this world wide web, you can almost always learn something online. Also, given the current pandemic, you literally have no choice but to.


If you are stuck on finding out what your niche is, create a table of the different skills/hobbies you have. In the following column brainstorm how you could monetize them. If you are completely out of ideas, speak to your friends to help you spark some ideas. Send out a few questions to some of your peers and ask them what they think some of your best skills and qualities are.


Monetizing your skills may take some time and it will not happen overnight. However, if you put in a consistent and smart amount of effort into honing in on your skills, you’d be surprised by how far you can get in the space of a few months. Avoid thinking about what you lack now. Set some short term goals for yourself and think about where you can be in a few months/years from now. All you need to do is get started.


Student Ambassador

Many universities in the UK offer a student ambassador role for their students. A student ambassador is a student employed by the university to represent the institution at open days, events and may also be involved in Widening Participation. Information can be found on your university website about how and when to apply. Once you have done that you will have access to a number of flexible university jobs. Depending on the university, some of these jobs do pay well. So, keep an eye out.



Social Media

Nowadays, we are seeing more and more medical professionals leaving their mark on social media platforms, and rightfully so. Becoming a social media influencer is no easy feat and requires confidence, consistency and effort to help build your online community. This type of side hustle is very rarely something that will make you money overnight, it is likely that you will see the benefits of it in weeks, months or maybe even years to come.


We live in a generation that immediately expects the end result, rather than enjoying the process of getting there. Once you keep putting out quality content, you will start to reap those benefits.


Interning

Pursuing internships are a great way to earn money (if the internship pays of course). Some medical students have gone on to take up internships within research, health tech and even in the financial sector ($$$). Doing an internship has a number of benefits such as industry exposure, aiding career progression and possibly even acquiring a job at the end. Finding an internship may be as easy as reaching out to someone on LinkedIn, for others it may require a lengthy application process. If you are to reach out to someone on LinkedIn, try to network with people who have managed to secure internships previously, or are working in the company that you have in mind. Have a think about what interests you and start building your network from there.


COVID-19 Related Jobs

Due to COVID-19 many hospital trusts are recruiting the help of medical students. Keep an eye out for updates released from your medical school. Some medical schools in the UK are allowing some flexibility for taking these shifts. Before taking these shifts, assess your risk and ensure that you are happy to help out during these times.


Hopefully this blog post has given you some ideas about potential jobs that you can do as a medical student. If you need any more advice feel free to reach out to us.


Written by: Bimpe Adeyemi (Co-Founder of The Black & Forth Platform)

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