Many university students work through their degrees; some to completely support themselves, others to earn a little extra cash on the side. Whatever the reason may be, there is a delicate balance that comes with the act of juggling a university degree with a part time job.
5 Tips For Balancing Study & Work
Make A Plan
Write yourself up a calendar of important dates to keep yourself on track. When are your assignments due? When are your exams on? When is your best friends 21st party?
This way you can plan ahead to make sure you don’t get caught out. Plus, being able to cross assignments off the list is possibly one of the most satisfying feelings on this planet.
Find Flexible Work
When it comes to choosing a job, make sure you can be flexible with your hours. This will make it simplier to organise your shifts around class times and make it much simpler when it comes to the dreaded exam periods. The most popular & flexible part time jobs for students would have to be in either hospitality or retail.
Making a plan is all well and good, but sticking to it a whole other thing. Set yourself realistic goals for each week and treat yourself when you achieve them.
Maximize Your Time
Take your readings on the train, work on your assignments during your break. If you use your time efficiently, then you can use more of your time outside of work on things you actually enjoy (unless you enjoying studying, then carry on).
Make Time For Yourself
You don’t want to finish your degree and realise that you spent the best years of your life going from work to uni, or uni to work. Make sure you attend some parties, go to coffee with friends and spend time enjoying a little ‘me time’. It is possible.
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