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I really want to work during first year, and i would be working about 30 hours. I need the money so I don't have a choice. I feel like I'd be missing out and it'd be harder to make friends. I don't really have the option to forget about making friends as I only really have one solid one so I do really want to make more lifelong friends. Has anyone been in this situation? Do you really miss out on that much? Please be honest lol
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I really want to work during first year, and i would be working about 30 hours. I need the money so I don't have a choice. I feel like I'd be missing out and it'd be harder to make friends. I don't really have the option to forget about making friends as I only really have one solid one so I do really want to make more lifelong friends. Has anyone been in this situation? Do you really miss out on that much? Please be honest lol
Hi, I’m in a similar position to you in terms of my social life atm. I’ve worked during both first and second year but 30 hours a week sounds like an awful lot on top of uni work. My degree is very demanding so I stick with 12 hours a week maximum for work. What job will you be doing?
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Hi, I’m in a similar position to you in terms of my social life atm. I’ve worked during both first and second year but 30 hours a week sounds like an awful lot on top of uni work. My degree is very demanding so I stick with 12 hours a week maximum for work. What job will you be doing?
I'm gonna be working an office admin job. What was it like for you in first year? When did you start and did it negatively affect your social life? Or grades?
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There's not going to be much to miss out on anyway with this corona situation, just make sure you dont work too many hours (unsure of the exact number) otherwise it can jeopardise your student finance payments
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I'm gonna be working an office admin job. What was it like for you in first year? When did you start and did it negatively affect your social life? Or grades?
Wow, 30 hours is pretty much full time. Don’t those kind of hours clash with contact hours at uni? I got a first in both years but unfortunately I had to prioritise my degree over socialising. I also found it hard to make friends in London and my uni’s societies (Imperial College) are mostly career focussed. I’m going to try and make more friends I third year though
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I really want to work during first year, and i would be working about 30 hours. I need the money so I don't have a choice. I feel like I'd be missing out and it'd be harder to make friends. I don't really have the option to forget about making friends as I only really have one solid one so I do really want to make more lifelong friends. Has anyone been in this situation? Do you really miss out on that much? Please be honest lol
You miss out on 5 or 6 hours a day when you could be studying, sleeping or socialising. Imo too much. Take a gap , save money and work much less.
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There's not going to be much to miss out on anyway with this corona situation, just make sure you dont work too many hours (unsure of the exact number) otherwise it can jeopardise your student finance payments
Hey could you please expand on this? Does that mean they'll probably lower them for second year because I'd legally not be considered a "student" but actually in full time work?
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Hey could you please expand on this? Does that mean they'll probably lower them for second year because I'd legally not be considered a "student" but actually in full time work?
Afaik you cant be in full time work and claim student finance for a full time course, you can have a part time job but you cant exceed a certain number of hours (you will have to look up what the max hours are).
Tbh even aside from the financial stuff it is unworkable to hold down a full time job if you are doing a full time course, you wont be able to attend lectures or have any time to fit in the social and extracurricular work time.
As tigger says if you really want to work full time then you should take a gap year or do a part time course (i dont know the ins and outs of this as ive never done it so you would be best researching this)
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What happens if the employer decides to fire you? Lots of employers are happy to screw up peoples lives by firing them.
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You definitely shouldn't need to work 30 hours, even if you're receiving the minimum maintenance loan, half of that is more than fine to earn enough to support yourself as a student.
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Hello from Australia, I'm in second year and have been working 3 part-time jobs alongside full time uni since first year, not too sure about the financial side of it, but it's completely possible to work a lot alongside uni. It can look really good for your resume when you graduate as well as the extra money! I am not eligible for student loans so I have to work to pay for university upfront...

I don't think you'll miss out on too much if you put the effort into trying social stuff whenever you have time.
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Hello from Australia, I'm in second year and have been working 3 part-time jobs alongside full time uni since first year, not too sure about the financial side of it, but it's completely possible to work a lot alongside uni. It can look really good for your resume when you graduate as well as the extra money! I am not eligible for student loans so I have to work to pay for university upfront...

I don't think you'll miss out on too much if you put the effort into trying social stuff whenever you have time.
You wouldn't be employed at 3 part time jobs at once though. It would be one or two part time jobs plus being in school. Nobody can work 3 part time jobs at once.
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I found it a stress doing my existing job 1 day a week when i went back to University - luckily the timetable lined up so i had all lectures on day, which i could watch online so i worked then (and Wednesday's we have nothing anyway). Means i work at Uni stuff weekends both days though. I do more work in holidays if they need me.

30 hours is just too much, unless its very flexible work random hours jobs at home maybe? like google query answerer? So you can do say 6-9am one morning. But trying to fit in that much work into a fixed timetable is practically going to be tough,

Can you do it part time during term and full time in holidays?
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I really want to work during first year, and i would be working about 30 hours. I need the money so I don't have a choice. I feel like I'd be missing out and it'd be harder to make friends. I don't really have the option to forget about making friends as I only really have one solid one so I do really want to make more lifelong friends. Has anyone been in this situation? Do you really miss out on that much? Please be honest lol
Hey,

Have you though about doing part time work, instead of a full time job ? Or maybe somewhere that is flexible with your working hours so you can work depending on your uni schedule, as working full time may mean potentially missing out on your lectures and seminars. I would also recommend seeing if you are eligible for any scholarship's or bursary's offered by your university, that way you may not need to work as much.

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