June 21, 2016, by Emer
Working while studying?
Getting a part-time job while you’re studying can be a really great way to enhance your university experience. Obviously work is work – it isn’t always fun and oftentimes you’d rather be hanging out with your friends than clocking in (especially when you work at the bar where your friends like to hang out!) But overall I think having a part-time job is a very positive experience, so I thought I’d make a list of the benefits.
Let’s start with the material, shall we? It’s a bit of a stereotype that students are always broke, but one that is often true. So if you blew your entire student loan on takeaways and overpriced nightclub drinks in Freshers’ Week, step right up and earn some extra cash, my friend!
Counterintuitive as it seems, having a job during a busy exam season actually helps me to focus more on studying. Knowing that at certain times I have to be at work forces me to plan my day better and say “Right well I’m working from 12pm-6pm so I have to finish those verb tables this morning.” Procrastination no more! (well maybe still a bit of procrastination!) Working can also help to take your mind of academic stresses like deadlines and exams, especially if you work somewhere that’s not connected to the university.
Hopefully you’re going to be making good friends from your course and halls and elsewhere, but getting a job gives you opportunities to meet new people whom you otherwise wouldn’t have. Untapped friendship resources abound!
- Practise applications/interviews
Going through the process of applying for/getting a job can be quite stressful and seem like the last thing you need when you’re worrying about a million other things. But it’s all good practise for when you leave university and have to get a job in the Real World™. Learning to deal with that tough interview question now will give you the advantage when you come up against it later.
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