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Should You Get a Job While Studying?

Hello everyone!

As a university student, one question that frequently arises is: should I get a job while studying? It's a topic that sparks lively debates and varies greatly depending on individual circumstances. In this blog post, we'll delve into the advantages and disadvantages of working while studying, as well as some strategies for managing the financial stress that can come with it. So, if you're pondering whether to take on employment while pursuing your degree, keep reading for some valuable insights.

To Work or Not to Work? :dontknow:

The decision to work while studying is deeply personal and depends on individual circumstances, goals, and preferences. Some students thrive in the fast-paced environment of balancing work and study, while others find it overwhelming. Ultimately, it's important to consider your priorities and needs before making a decision.


1. Financial Independence: One of the most obvious advantages of working while studying is the opportunity to earn money and achieve financial independence. A part-time job can help cover tuition fees, living expenses, and other costs associated with university life.

2. Practical Experience: Working while studying provides valuable practical experience that can complement academic learning. Whether it's a placement related to your field of study or a part-time job in a different industry, gaining real-world experience can enhance your CV and future career prospects. :nurse:

3. Time Management Skills: Balancing work and study requires strong time management skills. By juggling multiple responsibilities, students learn to prioritise tasks, manage their time effectively, and meet deadlines all valuable skills transferable to any career.


1. Academic Performance: One of the biggest concerns about working while studying is the potential impact on academic performance. Balancing work commitments with coursework and exams can be challenging, and some students may struggle to maintain high grades while working part-time :whip2:

2. Stress and Burnout: Working while studying can increase stress levels and lead to burnout, especially during busy periods such as exam season. The pressure to excel academically while meeting work obligations can affect mental and physical well-being :banghead:

3. Limited Time for Extracurricular Activities: Balancing work and study may leave little time for extracurricular activities, socialising, or self-care. Students who work long hours may miss out on opportunities to participate in clubs, sports, or volunteer work, which are important for personal development and building a well-rounded resume.

In conclusion, the decision to work while studying is a personal one that requires careful consideration of individual circumstances and priorities. Whether you're weighing the pros and cons or seeking advice on managing the balance, I hope this post has provided some valuable insights to help you make an informed decision.

Now, I'd love to hear from you! What are your thoughts on working while studying? Have you had any personal experiences or tips to share? Feel free to drop your comments below or ask any questions you may have about this topic. :tsr2:
- Natacha
(edited 2 months ago)
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There are some students on our degree course that work part time.
I think in todays climate it's very difficult to live on a student loan as the money only just covers the bills.
I guess it's a matter of needs must.
I am thinking of finding a job to do over the summer and putting money aside ready for the new term.
I suppose you could do that.
All the best with your employment journey.
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There are some great points here.

I was lucky because I was offered a part time job doing 8 hours a week on a Saturday night in Asda, with the option to do more which I tended to max out in the summer.

I think zero hour contract jobs can work quite well for students, although I've never had one.

For me, the key thing is to budget and have some money as back up for eventualities.

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