Published on November 28th, 20110
Taking On A Part Time Job In 1st Year Of University | A Student’s View
Should I Be Taking On A Job In My First Year Of Uni ?
Times are hard these days, not a lot of people going to Uni can afford a lavish lifestyle, therefore some people need to get a job. In my first year at Uni, I didn’t know many people who had to get a job – one such person which worked was a foreign student who was over for a semester to do a year abroad. He had worked 3 sometimes 4 days a week during evenings for around 3-4 hours at a time in a call centre. OK, his scenario was a bit different to what yours might be but he had to fund his accomodation or his living, his current Uni back in America only gave him a certain amount of money which went towards tuition and a flight or accomodation or living. Don’t get me wrong, he didn’t work and have no money to have fun, he had a load of money, most often more then the UK students, but he worked very hard.
Back to the UK now, in my first year I did not get a job, I still had shifts at home on weekends if I wanted, but when I was at home during summer, easter and the christmas period I would work solid to rake in some extra cash. This is what the mojority of my friends did also. It also might be hard getting a job at Uni whilst you still have work commitments at home.
What most people will tell you is that the first year is the “hit it hard and have fun” year, so why get a job, your first year will be getting to know mates, studying new things, living alone – these take up a lot of your time. I’m not syaing you shouldn’t get a job, you should try if you need one, if not the best thing to do is work when you go home, working with Uni and juggling shifts can be difficult.
Having a job is a big commitment, if you were to sign up for a job and be contracted for saturday and sunday for instance, what happens when it comes to exam period and you have an exam on the monday morning? When your coursemates are studying hard, cramming in extra revision over those two days you will be working and when you get in after it you will be tired. It is the kind of commitment you need to look at in the long run and plan ahead – do you actually need extra money ?
Not every job will be as time consuming obviously, there are some fun jobs at Uni, such as working for nightclubs and local events. I now work for one of the local nightclubs working on the door 2 nights a week and in spare time offer to hand out flyers and promote during the day between classes. This is ideal for me as it keeps me in the society loop and also a simple job which puts that little bit of extra cash in my pocket.
The number 1 rule of getting a job however is – STUDY’S COME FIRST !
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