university experience

To work or not to work?

I was reading an essay entitled “Students’ perceptions of the effects of term-time paid employment” and it got me wondering how university life in the UK has changed in recent years with a greater number of students now undertaking part-time work of around 15 hours per week.

I didn’t take a job when I was at uni.  It meant I had to budget hard and consider purchases carefully at every step, but it left me with the time to do whatever I wanted.  It was never my intention to work and I did everything to keep out of the employment game throughout my degree.

That said, I did get paid to be a Senior Student on campus.  In the process, the uni paid for about 75% of my accommodation, so I guess you could call that a type of employment.

It pays the bills... (£20, photo by woodsy)

The essay got me thinking, to what extent is someone better or worse off if they have a job, comapred to one who doesn’t?

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