Get paid to teach while studying at university

Many university students end up taking odd jobs to earn extra money. These jobs are found in bars, restaurants, markets, and retail stores, and are generally endured rather than enjoyed. But what if you could get paid to do something you love, and teach it to others?

Going to university to become a teacher is a long-term goal for many students. But teaching doesn't necessarily have to be something you can do only after a long road of tests and certifications. Becoming an instructor or coach in a sport or hobby that you already enjoy can be a satisfying pastime or part-time job that's rewarding personally as well as financially.

Many sports teams and activity groups could use good instructors and coaches — not just traditional sports like rugby, football, or basketball, but also less physical pastimes like chess. Being a coach isn't necessarily as rigorous and demanding as being a professional teacher — although you will need some technical skill in the field you'll be coaching, as well as a working knowledge on how to create a safe and instructive learning environment for your participants. Coaching involves setting up equipment, supporting participants in honing and cultivating their particular skills, as well as helping maintain morale and enthusiasm throughout the process.

Most sports groups will probably require a CRB check in order to potentially begin coaching. The CRB looks at any potential criminal background, in order to make an informed decision about whether or not you would be a good fit to teach children or adults.

Becoming a part-time coach offers a number of potential benefits. To begin with, you have an opportunity to re-acquaint yourself with a sport or activity you may previously have left. Many athletes, both professional and amateur, often turn to coaching after they age or get injured and can no longer perform as they once used to. Coaching is a great way to get involved with a sport and help young people get enthusiastic about it.

Coaching can also be a chance to expand your social circles, make new friends, volunteer your time, or just do something you love and get paid for it at the same time. Part-time hourly rates for coaches can range from £10-£20/hr. Some coaching jobs may also offer opportunities to travel abroad during the summer months, to teach at holiday destinations or special events. There may be significantly more job satisfaction in doing something you love than just picking up a shift at a bar or market.

Taking on a coaching job can also be great for your career. Many employers look for candidates whose resumes include "extracurricular" activities like volunteering, coaching, or charitable work. Coaching can broaden your set of qualifications and skills, as well as teaching you about leadership, confidence, and problem-solving, even while you teach other people about something you enjoy.

Most of all, teaching or coaching is a chance to give back to the community and help create a better world for the next generation. Coaches teach responsibility, teamwork, and good sportsmanship, and set young people on a path to cultivating leadership skills. Many coaches become role models to young people, because they encourage others to excel and cultivate a passion for the things that matter to them. The process can also be beneficial for the coaches themselves, as they gain the satisfaction of developing players into effective teams. Being a youth coach is a chance to make a difference in young people's lives, and help them build confidence and memories that will last them a lifetime.

Daniel Kendal – author of this article – is a graduate who found his university place via the Telegraph clearing newspaper. It was at university that he had a part-time job as a tennis coach.