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How To Balance Part Time Work and Study

Are you at university? Are you looking for a part time job to boost your bank balance and build you skills? Gaining a part time job while studying at college or university can have many benefits. It will enable you to:

  • Earn extra money

  • Enhance your CV

  • Build your ‘on the job’ skills

  • Gain practical, transferable skills you can put into practice in other jobs in the future

As many as 66% of students have part-time jobs at uni. By getting a job, you could start earning a regular, reliable income. However, it's worth noting that while a part time job can have many benefits, it shouldn’t impact your studies in any way. Many students balance a part-time job with their studies effectively. It just takes more planning to make sure your grades stay on track.

Work out how many hours you can work

When you start your job, be clear about how many hours you can work around your studies each week. When you're applying for a part-time job, how many part-time hours the employer is looking for is usually stated on job ads. This will help you find jobs that fit around your studies.

Keep track of when exams and deadlines are

Keep a long-term calendar so you can see when exams and deadlines are coming up and plan your work accordingly. You can also use your calendar to book time off work if you have a number of exams coming up you need to focus on.

Put your studies first

If you find yourself falling behind in your course, get advice from your course leader and your manager at work on the best way to get back on track.


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