When you get your first pay packet and you see all of that lovely money coming in to your account, it is very easy to lose sight of your priorities. It is vital that you put your University work first before earning money, as you don’t want your employment to have a negative impact upon your degree – and your entire future. Yes, the money is useful, but if you’ve an assignment to finish or an exam to cram for, then that should be your main focus.
We don’t mean to sound like your parents – but you’ll thank us in the long run!
2) Type of Work
Before applying to a job, you should consider the type of work you’re applying to. Does it match your personality, and will it fit around your studies? If you have a lot of contact time as part of your course, you may want to consider working in the evenings and/or weekends, whereas those with fewer contact hours may be able to take on day-time shifts.
3) Time Management
When you’ve a part-time job and a degree to complete, it is important that you are time efficient. Fortunately, most jobs will give you your hours a week or two in advance, so pop these in a diary and then see how much university work you have to do for that week. Make sure you forward plan and make a time-table to arrange your study time. This will help you to continue with your employment while ensuring that you never miss any of your University deadlines.
There will be times throughout your University life where you have more work, and other times when you have less. During the quieter times, you'll be in a position to work more shifts, which can be beneficial to you. Not only will you earn extra cash, but if you cover for staff off sick, you can always negotiate to work less hours during busy exam periods.
5 ) The One Day Rule
Each week you should take an entire 24 hours off to unwind. After all, the last thing you want is to be overworked. Whether you catch up with friends, or spend the entire day in front of the TV watching old episodes of Scrubs and eating Ben and Jerry’s, there is no doubt that a day of chilling out will leave you feeling rejuvenated for the next week.
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