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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
Hello!

I think that sounds a great idea!

Around half- 3/4 of all my friends have had a part-time job whilst at uni or worked over the holidays when not at uni to save money.
Before starting uni I had a full time job over summer to save to be able to pay for rent which was very helpful. Also, over the summer before uni I was madly applying to lots of jobs at my university city and it can be really stressful trying to find a job, but you will find one that suits you!

I've had a job throughout my three years at uni doing anywhere from 4-16 hours a week and managed to balance my life style. I've worked as a retail assistant at two different shops and a front of house assistant at a theatre. You have to find what works best for you, and stay organised so that your prioritise your uni work/ revision, but also manage to have time to relax and chill out.

I looked on Indeed for jobs as well as shopping centres own career pages (which is how I found out about the two retail assistant jobs). You can set up alerts on Indeed to send you an email when a new job is posted, and I found this so helpful! It's difficult at the moment due to covid as a lot of student jobs involve retail/ catering. However, this doesn't mean you can't set up an alert to notify you, as places may be hiring for when shops/ cafes/ pubs open.

I have worked the past year working as a Student Ambassador, which I have loved so much! Its very well paid and flexible around my uni work. I would really recommend! I found the job on my university careers page. This is a really useful source to find a job internally in the University, but also an external job in the local area, as I found jobs posted on my careers page that weren't on Indeed. So definitely have a look from now until summer at your university's career page to see if you can sort a job for when you start uni!

Best of luck!
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It sounds like a good idea. When I was at uni I worked in the SU bar which I enjoyed. It was well paid and at times that fitted well with my studies. I reckon their could be other interesting SU roles too to look in to. I also saw that postgrad students had jobs helping with practicals etc. As to on line tutoring I guess it’s about finding your market. You typically need a qualification a stage above those you are helping and some teaching qualification is beneficial although I imagine for some roles an aptitude to explain things well is sufficient
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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
Hey Anon.,

I don't think that's a bad idea at all I have a number of friends who have been personal tutors during their course, it's a great way to earn some extra money and the university you are attending may have some ways in which you could approach this. During my three years of undergraduate learning and during my postgraduate course which I am currently doing I have worked a number of jobs. Mostly my jobs have been in retail or hospitality, for example being a stewardess at my local football ground and working in convenience stores etc. I have also been a student ambassador at university for a few years and during my summer breaks I try to find temporary jobs that I can work more hours in to save for the year ahead.

I have found it relatively easy to manage my time while working part-time roles as well as having a good social life, mostly because I like to stick to quite a strict timetable. I would always keep my weekends for working and my weekdays for lectures and independent study, that meant I worked really hard in the week so that I could work and socialise during the weekend. As long as you can be strict with yourself in getting your university work done first, it is very manageable to have a job. Best of luck!!

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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
Hey Anonymous

If you're doing online tutoring, you'll be able to work your own hours and fit the tutoring around your university commitments. So it's a good idea

I've worked throughout my undergrad and postgrad in different retail roles. I had a part-time job in a supermarket that was a two-minute drive from my flat during my undergrad and it really helped me save time on transport costs. Throughout my postgrad, I've found opportunities within the university such as student ambassador work which involves helping out at open days and applicant events. We also got to accompany international students on trips around Scotland when they came over for summer school. I've also worked in the library as an ambassador which involved me working on various projects and helping students return books etc. Other departments such as the registration department hire students during freshers week to help register students and hand out student cards. There are plenty of opportunities! Some students prefer to work over the summer while others have a part-time job throughout the academic year, it's really up to yourself what you want to do

I've continued my student ambassador role online during the pandemic. I work around 9 hours per week and this has fit in well with my studies. If you're planning on staying on campus and get a job at the uni then you'll be close by for lectures and work. If you're happy to work anywhere then just apply to as many places as you can! Indeed and various other job sites are always looking to hire so have a look on those.

Good luck 

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Hi there,

I personally don't think it's a bad idea at all, in fact - I wish I had been that smart and started something similar in first year so that I'd built a reputation by now!

I wouldn't listen to what your friend says, as it's amazing if you do become a tutor! Like mentioned, you'd be able to choose your hours and when you work which is incredible as you wouldn't usually get that flexibility with other part time jobs! I am currently a student ambassador at the University of Liverpool, which is my casual part time job - and I'm so glad I do it! It gives me some extra money in the month, which is really useful as I put it towards my food shops and going out!

Something that I have definitely learnt as a result of having a job would be time management! At times, it can feel quite overwhelming, but I find staying organised with a 2021 diary really helps haha! But a lot of students do have 'side-hustles' or part time jobs - so it's fantastic really!

I hope that's helpful, good luck to you.

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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
its great! no only can you finish your uni debt quicker you will also get a head start in life. they're dumb. you finished all your debt already they are just starting doing it.
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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
honestly it's a great idea!! i think you should deffo do it.
I am in my final year and because it's my final year i didn't want to work. but i did work in my past 3 years of uni and it really helped me!! Sometimes it did get in the way of my uni work and i did feel stressed those times. But it's important to learn new work skills and train your brain in this area. Try to keep your work hours as low as possible if you do decide to do this though .
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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
Hi,

Good question. I would say most university students engage in some sort of part-time work during their studies - it's completely normal. I myself started my own online services during university, which gave me great flexibility. A lot of my friends worked in bars and shops or even had jobs back home for the weekend / when they returned home for the holidays. Having a job to bring in a bit of extra money is no laughing matter - it's a great thing to do! It sounds like, being online as a tutor, you'll have great flexibility also, seeing as you won't need to travel to your place of work. There is usually enough free time (depending on your course) to engage in part-time work during uni, but you might want to reduce your hours in the final year as this can get pretty busy.

Good luck

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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
Not a crazy idea at all! You do you and secure that £££
I work part-time as a student ambassador which helps keeps my money topped up, I also have a few friends who worked retail and in hospitality (pre-covid) it just depends on what suits you. I personally find it quite easy to balance work around my course the key is just to be organised and super strict when you've set aside time to study and make sure that you actually do it. Having a planner really helps.
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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
Hello,

Hope you're doing okay

I think this is a great idea!

I've worked as a student ambassador and a waitress since I arrived at university and it's been brilliant (even online) - I've developed my skills, made new friends and even earned some much-appreciated money at the same time!

The company I report to as a student ambassador limits us to working 20 hours a week to ensure we aren't doing too many hours when we're studying, but I think it's just about being sensible! If it's the start of the semester and you have free time, pick up more shifts. If you have deadlines coming up, lessen your shifts.

I reckon online tutoring is a pretty good choice of job because it should be quite flexible in this way

Good luck,

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Anonymousanonymous

I can share some of my experiences as a student who has worked ! Personally I looked for jobs on my uni job website ! I found this handy because it often promotes temporary jobs or flexible jobs for students that are easier to fit with studies ! One of the roles I have undertaken is a student ambassador working open days etc ! I really enjoyed doing this as I enjoy communicating with people and it was quite flexible around my studies ! In terms of managing my time I know other students who chose just to work in the university holidays especially summer when they have quite a long break ! One of my friends has also been an online tutor and she’s loved it and how she made it work was only scheduling in what she could manage around her timetable and not overdoing it !
So if you get a job time managing your studies and other commitments is definitely important !
Good look at university !
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its great! no only can you finish your uni debt quicker you will also get a head start in life. they're dumb. you finished all your debt already they are just starting doing it.
Hi,

I'm under the impression that that's a bit of a myth, regarding clearing debt quicker.
My understanding is that the vast majority of people will never pay off their student loan in full (incl. interest), it's probably demonstrated best by this calculator: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/st...ce-calculator/

The calculator also gives a sense of whether it is actually worth paying off your student loan in advance- unless you're earning a substantial amount, as the debt is effectively cleared after 30 years, you may end up paying more in a one-off payment that you otherwise normally would.

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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
As for working during University, if you feel you will have the time then by all means go for it. It will put you in a more stable financial situation and will certainly help for the future. The only thing I'd say is that if you find educational pressures getting a little too much, don't try and stick it out to the detriment of your education- if you find yourself in real financial difficulty your university should have a number of avenues to which you can turn to for financial support.

Bw,
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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
I worked all the way through both my BSc and MSc as a care assistant. Because of very unique (and less than great lol) situation I had to work a lot of hours to support myself. I wasn'y eligible for maintenance loan/bursary, and my family weren't helping me at all so basically I was just living off what I earned. I worked 25-35 hours per week alongside full-time studies, a lot more durinh summer (50+ h). I wouldn't recommend working SO MUCH but just thought that this story would show you that even this was possible so SOME work will be more than OK. I honestly don't know anyone who HASN'T worked through uni my sister-in-law is in her 3rd year now and she's working 12-16h per week at Home Bargains.

I still got 2.1 and then MSc with Merit, had time to volunteer and for hobbies, and socialising. Best advice I can give you is don't leave any of your coursework too late. In my undergrad coursework deadline was always Monday. But I worked 12h and 8h shifts over Saturday and Sunday, so always made sure I handed it in before the weekend. And then I didn't have it on my mind

Starting medical school in 2022 and also planning to work albeit nowhere near as much as I did before!
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I was thinking of being an online tutor while at uni to generate some income so I can support my living expenses. I told that to my friend and he just laughed at me.

Do u think this a bad idea.
And just wondering if u r at uni do u work if so how do manage your time
Dunno what you're gonna be teaching but give it a shot, maybe you'll open some minds
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