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    A journalist from The Telegraph is looking to speak to students who have had 'unusual' jobs to help them through uni

    SO as per the title - what's the strangest job you've done to top-up your student loan?

    Maybe you've had several jobs at once whilst studying just to keep you afloat?

    Or you've started a business to generate some extra income?

    Share your stories below

    (And if you're interested in being featured in The Telegraph, send me a PM! )
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    I gigged my way through a Masters in a couple of covers bands (no loan!). Actually I did that at undergrad, too.
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    I have a friend a few years older than me (now a final year student) who got into compensated dating during late first - second year. The catch? He did it as a drag queen even though he's cis!

    It's apparently not as niche as you think! Although he does go to a big city uni so there's always someone who's into whatever you're offering there, or so I've heard.
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    I used to clear out and clean the lab rat cages.
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    We're all waiting for that one answer... "Well I blew guys for £15, only the hot ones 😍 😍 😍 I didn't do it for the money tho I did so I could say 'thank you, COME again!' hahaha lol I'm funny 😂😂😂😂"
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    (Original post by Sufyaan65)
    We're all waiting for that one answer... "Well I blew guys for £15, only the hot ones 😍 😍 😍 I didn't do it for the money tho I did so I could say 'thank you, COME again!' hahaha lol I'm funny 😂😂😂😂"
    Positively hilarious.
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    I'm a football stats reporter. Go to non-league football matches with my phone and tap buttons to report in real-time what's happening on the pitch. There's no experience or qualifications required, and it's all managed remotely (no office or workplace as such). After some training over Skype you're let loose. I'm enjoying the free match tickets and the pay isn't bad. I wouldn't mind being featured in The Telegraph, although I'm not sure how interesting my story would be....
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    (Original post by olly100)
    I'm a football stats reporter. Go to non-league football matches with my phone and tap buttons to report in real-time what's happening on the pitch. There's no experience or qualifications required, and it's all managed remotely (no office or workplace as such). After some training over Skype you're let loose. I'm enjoying the free match tickets and the pay isn't bad. I wouldn't mind being featured in The Telegraph, although I'm not sure how interesting my story would be....
    That's really cool.
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    (Original post by olly100)
    I'm a football stats reporter. Go to non-league football matches with my phone and tap buttons to report in real-time what's happening on the pitch. There's no experience or qualifications required, and it's all managed remotely (no office or workplace as such). After some training over Skype you're let loose. I'm enjoying the free match tickets and the pay isn't bad. I wouldn't mind being featured in The Telegraph, although I'm not sure how interesting my story would be....
    Do they employ several of you per match to check for accuracy?
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    (Original post by slurredsquash)
    I have a friend a few years older than me (now a final year student) who got into compensated dating during late first - second year. The catch? He did it as a drag queen even though he's cis!

    It's apparently not as niche as you think! Although he does go to a big city uni so there's always someone who's into whatever you're offering there, or so I've heard.
    A lot of drag queens are cisgendered...
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    (Original post by slurredsquash)
    I have a friend a few years older than me (now a final year student) who got into compensated dating during late first - second year. The catch? He did it as a drag queen even though he's cis!

    It's apparently not as niche as you think! Although he does go to a big city uni so there's always someone who's into whatever you're offering there, or so I've heard.
    I'd point out most drag queens today are cis and there is actually ongoing turmoil in the drag community regarding trans queens (or "bio" queens more generally) - specifically one very well known (TV based) drag queen had some rather transphobic comments on the matter recently. Historically drag and trans culture and community were much more closely very closely linked, but this has grown apart a great deal in recent years. The gentrification of gay culture, so to speak :/

    Anyway the most unusual thing I did was work at a call centre, which wasn't so much unusual as soul destroying...
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    Do they employ several of you per match to check for accuracy?
    I am not sure on the specifics here. They do have ways of checking the most important events, but they don't say how they do it (and interestingly, why bother employing us to record it if they have more reliable info anyway). I know I'm the only one from the company at each match, but other companies send 'reporters' so there's a possibility that they share their info so it is mutually beneficial. I've made one mistake, which was missing a yellow card right at the end of the match, so I was paid a bit less.
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    I've known a few girls who have done some very strange things to top up their student loan...
    Not sure The Telegraph wants to hear about them mind you. :P
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    Unusual no, just tended bar in an anarcho-communist club
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    (Original post by olly100)
    I am not sure on the specifics here. They do have ways of checking the most important events, but they don't say how they do it (and interestingly, why bother employing us to record it if they have more reliable info anyway). I know I'm the only one from the company at each match, but other companies send 'reporters' so there's a possibility that they share their info so it is mutually beneficial. I've made one mistake, which was missing a yellow card right at the end of the match, so I was paid a bit less.
    That is interesting. Makes you wonder, assuming you're right about other company's "reporters" being part of it, how they share without a company using the other company's data without sending and paying for their own reporter. Bit of game theory, prisoner's dilema kind of thing there almost maybe. I guess there must be some kind of mechanism, probably tech enabled, which cuold solve that.

    OK, I'm going into devious (and hypothetical) mode now. You could identify those people somehow, and buy their data for less than you get paid. And not go. You could then do that for many games, at the same time even; you would need to establish different identities from your employer's point of view though for that. Anyway, just babbling. Quite an interesting situation though. Thanks for sharing that.
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    I've started my own Technology website and YouTube channel nearly 1 year ago. (I'll celebrate my first year anniversary on the 26th March).

    Since then, I've written/uploaded over 270 articles and had over 14,000 visitors. I mean, my budget is very small but I am personally very impressed with what you can get over time and effort. (Unfortunately this doesn't make me money yet, but over time - I'm mostly doing it as I really enjoy writing and making videos - why not share it, right? )

    I've started YouTube back when I started my website but I had absolutely no equipment, so I only just started making videos about a month ago - have about 90 Subscribers and 12,000 views. I mean, these are just numbers, but people seem to be impressed with the quality of content - I definitely want to pursue this along with my Software Engineering certificate.

    As a side job - to earn some pocket money - I'm currently working at a pub on weekends to gather enough to go launch events (well, only one precisely as they cost a lot).
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    You and the Daily Telegraph Reporter should come & meet my BSc Business Enterprise (BBE) students at the University of Buckingham. They who must start and run a business as an integral part of our world leading BBE honours degree.

    In the past my BBE students have run businesses importing rum from the Seychelles, importing wine and Port from Portugal and they have exported milk powder to China. Currently three of my students have established a business that sells Disaster Survival Bag "Disaster Master", two others are selling specialist chocolates *Lise G Chocolates" and another two students are importing and selling silk ties and scarves from China. "CAS".

    If you think that this is an interesting story for the Daily Telegraph reporter, please ask her or him to contact me at the University of Buckingham.
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