Throughout first year, you’ll either be brave enough to get a part-time job or you’ll want to fully embrace university and be confident (or foolish) enough to believe that your student loan will get you by. If you are one of the latter, like myself, then you have probably found out the hard way that this is simply not the case.
So you take this experience on board and strive to get a job for second year, but now you face a new dilemma: how am I going to juggle university AND a job?
From experience, don’t get yourself into a panic thinking the only way you will get by is working twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Firstly, I would advise you don’t overwork. I am lucky enough to get two consecutive days off in the week from uni, so I use these to do uni work and then work weekends. Yes, I know that working weekends may seemingly impact on the be all and end all of having a social life, but it doesn’t have to.
I work in a pub local to my home as I commute to university. I had this job over the summer after my first year and was able to reduce my hours to weekends during term time. Unfortunately in the world of money making, you don’t get an awful lot of say in when you work as there is typically a shift pattern. However, there are a broad variety of places to work that could potentially offer daytime hours so you can still enjoy the evenings and meet up with friends.
With Christmas creeping up on us, now is the perfect time to get a part time job in the city centre. Shops, cafes and restaurants will be advertising for seasonal staff, and you may also be able to keep these hours throughout term time and gain a permanent position there.
After spending your first year living off ASDA’s own products, you will fully appreciate the extra money that you will be earning and may end up slightly kicking yourself that you didn’t do it earlier.
So, my advice to you all would be:
- Manage your time – don’t work more than you can, university work is still the priority.
- Don’t be put off by the morbid possibility of having to work weekends – student nights are mostly held on weekdays anyway, but it is not definite that you will be working every weekend.
- Don’t put it off – if you’re struggling as your student loan only covers your rent and little else, get out there and earn yourself some extra cash.