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Working AND Studying, Can it be Done? - A Student Blog

By nicsl 10 May 2019

Attending university, getting a degree, being a student, is about so much more than just the academia. Don't get me wrong for one second, that is important too, especially if you're aiming high, and even if you're not. However, so many people cannot see past the studying, and see that going to university is an experience as a whole. Meaning it is full. Full of studying, socialising, joining a society, being part of multiple communities and working.

Even if you can afford NOT to work; if you have a high student loan, or are lucky enough to receive financial help from family, I would still 100% recommend working whilst you study.

Why?

1. Because it can be done. Generally, university courses are around twelve hours per week (plus individual study time), but that still leaves you with lots of spare time. Some of which can be filled with work. Rather than spending time alone, as many university students report feelings of loneliness, spend it being active and making new friends.

2. It's a social thing, and a great way to become a part of a new circle of people. Getting a part-time job gains you friends outside of university students, and keeps you busy. You can even get a job that relates to your degree, which is a huge bonus, as you can get experience in your chosen field. Result!

3. You'll have so. much. more. money! Even if you only work a few hours per week, that is extra money in your pocket for meals out, takeaways, Deliveroo, UberEats....that's all you really need isn't it?

4. If you've never had a job before, it's a great way to build your skills. Get a desk job, and gain office skills. Get a job as a waitress, and build confidence. Get a job working in a kitchen, get skills of working under pressure. All jobs have their benefits, and give you something you can bring to the next role.

A little about me

So why do I know so much? I am right there, right now. I am a Digital Marketing second year student, meaning for the past two years I have been achieving 1:1s and 2:1s whilst working two jobs. One of which is withing a marketing role, related to my degree, and the other is as a waitress because I love the social element of the role, and need the money to pay rent (boring) and buy takeaways (hurrah)!

So...

If you are umming and ahhing about whether working and studying is all worth it, I am here to tell you that it is. Work within your means though, do not overdo it . Still leave spare time to do whatever you want with, whether it's going to the gym, going on a night out, video calling home, binge watching Game of Thrones (how good is season 8 though?) or just napping, be sure to leave time for you.

For more of my digital scribbles, have a look at my blog.

nicsl

nicsl is the Marketing Assistant. She enjoys travelling, music festivals, delicious food and binge watching Rick and Morty.
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