Many students work alongside their studies to gain industry experience ahead of graduating; whilst others simply work to ensure bills and university fees are covered. No matter the reason for working alongside your studies, it will always help to secure future employment and develop a range of skills for your CV.
However, it can be hard to juggle university life with working, as well as having a social life. Yet, providing yourself with a routine and plan can help you ensure your time is used productively.
Here are four simple tips to help you to manage your time effectively:
When applying for jobs, ensure they effectively fit around your university timetable. If you are already in employment, use your university timetable to then plan what hours and days to work, so they do not interfere with each other.
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Accept lower hour contracts when working part-time
Many part-time opportunities in hospitably and retail tend to offer students with zero hours contracts. Although this means you can choose to work when it suits you, it can also mean it’s much harder to have a routine in your life, meaning you could end up working too many hours and affect your university work. Instead, consider jobs with lower contracted hours, and take on extra hours in holiday periods if you can manage to do so.
Choose a company that will be flexible around your studies
When applying for jobs alongside your studies, it’s important to make them aware of your university timetable and ensure they can be flexible. This is key in exam periods, when you may need to alter shifts and hours.
"I believe it is essential for organisations to have a flexible approach to supporting their employees in their studies. Employers need to be able to flex the workloads of their employees depending on any additional demands or pressures that they may be facing such as upcoming deadlines. I believe that managing this workload will ensure organisations get the best out of their employees as they are enabling them to put adequate time and effort into all tasks both at work and university, consequently leading to higher standards of quality." Holly Garrett, Rotational Degree Apprentice, Pearson College London
Give yourself ‘me’ time
When planning your routine, it’s very important to not spread yourself too thin. Give yourself days off to relax and take care of yourself. If not, you will be exhausted and all aspects of your life will be affected. According to the NHS, student stress can be resolved by ‘learning to relax’. Find out more techniques to deal with student stress.
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