I know the feeling all too well when you open your bank account, and shock! You didn’t realise you had spent that much money over the last week! That’s why I got a part time job; it’s an easy way to get a little bit of extra cash each month, without putting strain on your studies. Here’s some good reasons as to why you should work while you study.
As we’ve said already, money can sometimes seem tight at university, especially in your first few months. But when you earn some of that money, it can make you more conscious about how you spend it. Hard earned money can be difficult to part with, so you’ll be more likely to spend it on what you need rather than what you want. That little bit of extra cash can be really useful when you suddenly find yourself in an emergency like needing your phone fixed or you need that book for your course.
Sometimes it can feel like you’ve got too much free time at university and you don’t quite know what to do with it. Of course, your independent study should take up part of it, but it can be easy not to go outside when you have a day off. Having a part time job not only gives you a break from your study, it can also stop you from being bored when you’ve finished all your work. When you have less time to do nothing, it can make you better at managing your time and prioritise deadlines. These time management skills will come in useful during and after university.
When people talk about part time student jobs, we often think about working in a supermarket or takeaway. But there are many opportunities for students to take what they’ve learnt in the classroom and apply it to a job. Writing for a local magazine or working on a reception interacting with people can give you transferable skills for later life. You can also build up your network of people for when you graduate. These professional relationships will help your chances of finding employment and starting your career.
The Careers and Employability Service is also here to help you by offering information, advice and guidance to help you prepare for your future career. They can offer you:
- 1:1 or group appointments to help with all kinds of queries and concerns about finding a job
- Feedback and guidance face-to-face, via email, on the phone or via Skype – you don’t have to be on campus to come and see us
- CV, cover letter, personal statement and job application feedback
- Mock interviews and interview technique to help prepare you
- Support with creating an online profile to support your career development
- Support with helping you to decide what to do next
- A wide variety of workshops during the academic year for all students
- Careers fairs and employer events to help you network and meet employers and alumni
- A wide variety of paid internships, part time jobs, graduate roles, and volunteering opportunities are available all year round with local, national and international organisations in our online Jobs Board.
Did you know you can still get support from the Careers team for up to 3 years after you graduate too?
They will also have a fantastic new addition to the team in September 2018! The University will be launching a brand new, interactive online career centre which will be available to every student and alumni – watch this space for more information coming soon…