(Original post by confusd_puzzled)
The best option for a summer holiday job is temporary work. Find a local agency that deal with temporary placements. Sign up with them and they'll keep throwing jobs at you. Even though they are temporary jobs you'll be employed most of the time cos they have a lot of jobs going. The pay is attractive as well. the minimum wage through the agency i have signed up with is £4.80. beware though cos most jobs you'll be given will be in factory environment especially packing. If you dont mind that then this is the best option for summer work.
That's what I did this summer — I went to all the agencies I could find in Leicester, but most said they wanted someone with experience, or else had enough people anyway. One place had a queue of 3 students, they told me to wait for an interview, and the next 2 that they had plenty of people. Maybe they have to like the look of you.
Anyway, through that agency I've had work since the day after the 'interview'. Firstly two week-long cleaning jobs (the first was fine, the second horrid [_very_ noisy factory, make drinks cans, I hated that one]) then two weeks making scaffold boards (mindless, but outside in the sun at least) and now working in a cake factory. Which I like, it's very varied. The pay varied, cleaning is better paid, but I prefer the cakes (and scaffold). Today the manager at the cake factory offered me a permanent job, he was most disappointed that I was going to uni.
None of the other agencies have called me. Neither have the supermarkets etc.
Factory work can be horrid, or you can get lucky. The first job this summer I was very lucky, the job was dirty and hard work, but at least satifying (nice clean factory at the end) and with ample "tea breaks" (like, 6 or 7 a day). The second was not, I was unlucky. At least, as it's temporary you can quit whenever (but I made myself do the whole week).