The benefits of working while you study

Part 3 - Gain valuable work experience

Finding time to work while you study can seem daunting, especially when you have essays to prepare and society meetings to attend. Temporary working could be a good option for you as it provides the opportunity to work around your studies, gaining valuable work experience whilst ensuring your grades (and social life!) don’t suffer. 

Gaining work experience can help you secure that dream job after graduation by making you stand out against your competitors.  You certainly won’t be alone when you are applying for the perfect position after graduation and, therefore, it is essential that your CV stands out.  What would help catch the eye of a prospective employer more than having previous experience in industry? Having work experience also shows employers that you are motivated and are ready to get stuck in!

Entering employment early provides the opportunity for you to identify your own skill set and to see whether there are any development areas you might want to work on before starting your career.  The world of work is very different from studying, so being able to navigate office politics and manage your time effectively could put you in good stead for the future.

Flexible employment also gives you the chance to explore different career options and “try before you buy”.  You can experience many different roles and work environments which could help you narrow down your career choices, or help cement in your mind that you are on the right path!  Roles may seem perfect for you on paper but actually experiencing them first hand can help you decide if it is the best fit for you.  You might decide to try something completely different and discover that that is where your passion truly lies! The world is your oyster, as they say, and what better time to discover more about yourself than at university?  

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