Many individuals who go to university find their three or four years there to be a great financial struggle, whilst a student loan may cover some of the costs incurred and the tuition fee itself, it quite simply isn’t enough.
The best way to put some extra cash into the bank and relieve that excess pressure is to find yourself a part-time job. Part-time jobs pay at least the minimum wage thus you can pay off your phone and internet bills, cover costs of travel, and even have a spare bit of money to go towards your social life.
Nevertheless, part-time jobs are desirable for a whole host of reasons, not just the obvious benefit of some extra money. Of course, students go to university to further themselves in life and get a good career, by having a part-time job you are enhancing your work experience and consequently your CV, therefore, you are improving your chances of getting a good job in the future. You may think “I don’t know what to do with my life” and that’s fine! The truth is, a lot of university students don’t! A part-time job could even give you some answers.
Employers will not only be impressed by the fact that you have work experience but they will note that you are hard-working and responsible as you took the decision to take charge of your finances whilst you were still studying. Moreover, not just through the actual act of working, but through the process of interviews and alike in order to gain the job, you are preparing yourself for the future. By having a glimpse into the working world you will be more equipped to deal with jobs later in life and this will lower the level of pressure and uncertainty you will later feel.
Part-time jobs are great because they won’t interfere with your university degree and your studies. You can get a job to suit your needs, whether it only be five or ten hours a week. Most of the time whilst applying for such a job you will outline your availability to employers in the first place so they will not try and make you work on days when you have university commitments. Part-time work does not have to take over your life in fact for many individuals it can be a welcomed break from the stress of their studies.
Finally, do not be under the false illusion that by working fewer hours a week you will be faced with fewer job perks. Part-time workers have the exact same legal rights as full-time workers and this means that you will enjoy the same perks and the same amount of training as they do. You are also entitled to holiday pay and sick pay.
So, relieve some of the financial strains you experience at university and give yourself a great basis for the future with a part-time job. Not only are you adding to your bank balance but you are also gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience, an enhanced CV, and a better chance for the future.