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Striking a Balance between Work and Study

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The advantages of having a part-time job during your time at University? Money and Skills for your CV. There is of course, also the fact that you are less likely to take out a significant maintenance loan. In short, a part-time job means less debt.

And nobody likes to be in debt.


Another benefit of having a part-time job? The money earned can be counted as part of your ‘personal allowance’. When you earn a certain amount within each tax year (early April to early April), there is no tax charged. As a result, this income is counted as your personal allowance.


A part-time job is also a means of gaining a sense of responsibility. Studies show that students who earn while studying are better able to budget and save. This is because having a part-time job provides students with an opportunity to realise just how much hard work it takes to earn a few pounds.

Yet even with all the benefits of a part-time job considered, it’s important to strike a balance between work and study.

One way to ensure a balance remains is by making sure your employment hours are reasonable. That means not taking on more than you can handle and ensuring hours are flexible enough to work around. Most courses recommend less than 15 hours a week in order to help prioritise study overwork. Always remember that although picking up a few extra hours at work may make your bank balance look good for the time being, in the long-term, it’s your University degree that’s going to come in handy…

Choosing a part-time job that compliments your chosen career can be a good way to go about things.
As it says above, it’s a good idea to pick a part-time job that goes hand-in-hand with your chosen career path. This, of course, is easier said than done – you can only find a part-time job that compliments your chosen career if you are completely sure about what you wish to do.

If not, a job can still be a good way of gaining employability skills or ‘transferable’ skills. Examples of such skills include verbal and written communication, numeracy, planning and organisation, teamwork and so on.
Most – if not all – of these skills can be useful in both future workplaces and in the current study. They can also be put on your CV as a way of attracting and impressing potential employers.

It may even be that your course provider will be able to provide info on jobs available on campus or in industries the University has contacts in. They may even be able to guide you in finding the job that’s right for you.
Popular choices for part-time jobs include retail, admin jobs, restaurants, telesales and so on.

In all of the above jobs ‘transferable skills’ are a likely perk. Thus, it can be justly concluded that a part-time job is – without a doubt – worth it for many University students.

Striking a Balance between Work and Study