Studies have shown that students often spend more than £800 per month on their living expenses, meaning that their maintenance loans often come up short.
As such, many students turn to part-time work to supplement their income. It can be a challenge to balance having a job, even one that only takes up a few hours of your week, with your studies, so to help I’ve put together some tips.
When you decide to take on a part time job, the first thing you need to consider is how much money you need to earn in order to be comfortable. Make a budget by listing the essential payments you need to make, as well as the non-essential items or services you’d like to be able to pay for. Once you’ve worked this out, compare it to your current income and see how much extra you’ll need to enjoy a comfortable life. Even if you have enough money currently, getting a job will not only give you vital life skills but also allow you to save for any luxuries you may like or emergency expenses you may encounter.
Another way to set your own hours is to work for yourself by becoming a freelancer. If you want to work on your own terms and find jobs easily then use a freelancer platform or agency that can help guide you through the process.
Make sure that you never miss a deadline or shift by keeping yourself organised. There are loads of different planner apps available so that you can have your organiser with you on your phone at all times and never forget anything.
Any time you take off to recover from being ill is time that you can’t spend earning or studying, so try to minimise your sick days by staying fit and healthy. There are many ways to keep healthy while you’re studying, including eating properly, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly.
It’s never easy managing more than one role, so make sure you take care of yourself by following the principals of self-care. This will ensure that you’re mentally and physically capable of undertaking both your job and your studies.
The most important thing is that you look after yourself so that you’re able to complete your studies to the best of your ability. If you find yourself struggling then go to your education provider, who’ll be able to provide support and guidance so that you can make the most out of your experience and come away with the qualifications you need to achieve your dreams.