Starting university is an exciting time. You’ve moved away from home, gained some independence and have taken one step closer to becoming an adult. But your first year of university can also bring with it some stress. Getting a student job and engaging in activities outside of your studies can be a great way to help you to find balance, meet new people, improve your employability and earn some extra money.
The chance to meet new people
Along with joining a society or a sports team, getting a part-time job while you study is a fantastic way to meet new people, create new friendships and have something non-university related to focus on.
Unlike in a society or a sports team, working will provide you with an opportunity to meet people whose interests might be entirely different from yours. Meeting people from different countries, backgrounds and interest groups is a great way to diversify your own knowledge and interests. This all contributes to an exciting and fulfilling university experience.
When you start meeting new people, you might engage in new activities or discover a talent you didn’t know you have. Maybe you get invited to yoga when you’re normally a hockey player, or start rock climbing on the days that you’re not playing chess! Plus, because you’ve been working, you’ll have the money to do it without compromising on your student loan.
Earn while you learn
Whilst many of you may be looking forward to a taste of freedom and independence while at university – one of the biggest worries is being financially responsible. You may have had a weekend or part-time job previously and be used to handling cash, but the reality of managing your finances whilst at university can be daunting.
Learning to budget is a skill that can take years to perfect. It’s no wonder that students often find themselves with very little money after buying those essentials for living away from home.
Working part-time while you study could provide a steady income and offer invaluable work experience. With a regular temporary role that fits around your lectures and seminars, you can boost your bank balance and enjoy all that university has to offer.
Gain valuable part-time work experience
Finding time for part-time work while you study might be low down on your priority list, especially when you have essays to prepare and society meetings to attend. However, finding part-time or temporary work experience could be good for you. 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 stand out against competitors and secure that dream job after graduation. You certainly won’t be alone when you are applying for the perfect position after graduation! It is essential that your CV stands out, but if you’re unsure of where to start, take a look at our step-by-step guide to writing a graduate CV.
Entering employment early provides the opportunity for you to identify your own skillset too. It also allows you 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 that could help you narrow down your career choices, or confirm that you are on the right path!
Last updated on 16 December 2022Share this article