Nearly half of all full-time students hold down a part-time job through the year. Some want to. Some have to. Either way, it’s not unusual.
The Guardian recently posed a question from a reader whose daughter was just off to uni. They were concerned that their daughter was thinking about taking a part-time job as she studied and wondered whether she should be looking for a job, or if she should focus solely on study.
Here is my response:
Around half of all full-time students do some sort of part-time work, so your daughter isn’t considering something strange. Whatever her reasons, it is her choice, though I understand the concern.
Your daughter may want to hold off finding a job as she works out how much time she wishes to devote to study. Summer work is a reasonable alternative if she doesn’t need the cash straight away, but depends on many factors, including her reasons for wanting a job in the first place.
Your daughter should find a job that doesn’t require thought or planning outside the workplace, so she can concentrate on uni life at all other times. I’d recommend she first looks for work in the Students’ Union and university itself. It’s a good bet when juggling study, work and social life.
A job that doesn’t involve working after midnight is also helpful…
Someone else mentioned that holding off the job search may end up with all the jobs disappearing, especially in this economic climate. Certainly a fair point.
I would also suggest that if you have a clear career plan, there’s no harm in looking for relevant work in your chosen field. Not always easy, but worth a thought.
What would your advice be to Freshers this year? How does a job (or a lack of one) shape your experience at uni? Are some jobs better than others? Would you have studied more if you’d not been working, or would you just have more leisure time?