With the various costs associated with higher education slowly (or not so slowly in some cases) rising, working part-time while studying is a necessity for many students – be it to cover living and academic expenses or to just for the sake of getting hold of a bit of spending money. But money is not the only thing you can gain from part-time work. It’s a great way to get a hands-on feel for the real working world and what it’s like to work with (and for) other people, as opposed to the often solitary pursuits involved in studying. More advice on funding your studies >
You might even be able to get some experience in the field into which you wish to go, demonstrating your passion and getting an invaluable head start. And they can be particularly useful for international students trying to get a feel for the language and culture of their host country (though you must stay alive to working hour restrictions that may be placed on them). However, it goes without saying that there can be a less positive side to working part-time, which is that it quite simply takes up time. As you’ll soon find out, at university, time can become a pretty valuable asset at the best of times, and a seemingly unattainable precious resource during harder ones. Be realistic
The temptation of a few extra dollars in your pocket can make it easy to bite off more than you can chew, and it won’t just be your studies which will be affected. If you don’t allow yourself any downtime you’ll soon burn out, with the avalanche of responsibilities that comes with attending classes, completing assignments and sacrificing your social life to work quickly draining your energy and enthusiasm. And we have to be realistic: most students will not be get jobs at law firms or newspapers, but will more likely occupy unskilled positions which won’t glamorize your CV, and at which you may not find an sympathetic ear when you need a few shifts off to meet a looming deadline. “International students who do find...
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