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CASUAL WORK FOR STUDENTS - SOME JOBS YOU SHOULD AVOID

Declaring yourself bankrupt

Obviously this isn't a job, but we'll mention it because it is one way of clearing your student debt on graduation - all due to a loophole in government policy. If you declare yourself bankrupt, graduates can dispose of a debt of £15,000 or more. So what is the catch? Well amazingly, the only catch is that the law says that can't work as an estate agent, solicitor, MP, accountant, magistrate or local councilor if you declare yourself bankrupt. Shame! Actually, that's not quite true - there are loads of cons including:

- If you declare yourself bankrupt, bank current accounts, loans, mortgages etc can be difficult to get in the future.

- If you try to obtain credit of more than £500, you must disclose your status as an undischarged bankrupt.

- You cannot be a company director or trade under any other name than the one used at the time you were made bankrupt.

- Your name will be published as a bankrupt in the London Gazette and the local press.

- Your name will be published on the Insolvency Service website - the whole world will know that you are a bankrupt!

Basically, bankruptcy carries a stigma for life - we do not recommend it.

Pole dancing/lap dancing

In lap-dancing clubs, the dancers can earn about £1000 per night on a good night. Realistically, it's more likely to be a few of hundred pounds per night, usually less. Obviously you need to be able to swing round a pole in a seductive manner, buy the appropriate clothes, and be prepared to keep it a secret from most people, especially your parents. The other downside is that it is mainly a female occupation. NOT RECOMMENDED

Drugs trials - taking drugs for money

There are many pharmaceutical companies who will pay money to people who are willing to test their latest drugs. If you agree to be a participant in a drugs trial, you will be put in one of two groups - those that take the drugs, and those who do not (the lucky ones). The scientists will monitor the effect of the drug on your body against a control group of those who have not taken the drugs. Normally, the test is quite safe, but there have been cases in the past where the drugs administered have had horrible side effects. NOT RECOMMENDED

Become a walking advertisement

A company called Cunning Stunts planned to pay students £88.20 per week to have an advert printed on their forehead, provided they walk around in public for 3 hours a day. There's no sign of it on the internet now. I wonder why? NOT RECOMMENDED

Cat food tester

Like cats? Or like their food? A cat food quality control testing job could be just the job for you. The tasks involved are as follows:

Task 1: Bury your nose in a huge tub of cat food and sniff it to make sure it's fresh.
Task 2: Plunge your arms up to your elbows in the cat food and grope around for bony bits and take them out.
Task 3: Smear a huge dollop of it on a flat surface and squish it with your fingers to find out how much gristle is present.

OKAY IF YOU LIKE CATS AND CAT FOOD

Chicken sexer

One of the more disgusting jobs that students can resort to if desperate is that of Chicken Sexer. Chicken sexers have to sort out chickens in males and females. The males are sold for meat and the females are used for egg production. Chicken testers work in a room full of chicks, and the sound of the chickens is deafening. Chicken testers can tell the sex of a chick by the length of feathers as male chicks ten to have longer wing feathers. But the tester is not sure, they have to resort to vent-testing which is by far the most horrible part of the job. The sexer has to squeeze faeces out of the chick. As this happens, the chick’s rectum opens slightly, letting the chicken tester see if there’s a small bump inside. If the small bump is present, it's a male.

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