Balancing work and studying at university

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A-level Psychology, Modern History and Biology student Ruby, from King Edwards VI College, Stourbridge joined us for work experience this week and wanted to share with you, how you can help to balance work and studying at university.

“Starting a university degree whilst juggling a job can be tough, and with the rising price of living, having a part time job is more crucial than ever. But how do you balance a job, study and a social life?

“Having a job at university won’t just be financially beneficial, but will provide you with more skills, people management and better discipline. It can help to enhance your CV, making you more employable, and communicate with more people that you wouldn’t usually.

Consider your schedule

“While it’s easy to say ‘yes’ to anything that will bring you money, it’s important to consider how much you and your schedule can manage. Before applying for a part-time job, review your timetable. It’s important to realise that your studies should come first. At Newman, the Key Fact Sheets state that a full-time UG degree takes 40 hours of study per week, regardless of timetabled contact hours. Newman University therefore advises that working for more than 15 – 20 hours per week would be hard to fit in and might start affecting study success. So making sure your schedule is flexible and can be managed around your lecture timetable is important.

Plan your time effectively

“The first step is to understand what you can realistically handle. You’ll need to be organised and have good time management to take on a part-time job whilst studying your degree. It could be helpful to have a visual plan of your week, to see your time and commitments laid out in front of you; a planner, diary or calendar would be useful.

Learn how to manage your stress

“University is a time of excitement, new experiences, meeting new people and learning interesting things, and it’s important that you enjoy all of these wonderful opportunities. However, stress is an unavoidable part of being a student and a worker at the same time. It’s important that you learn how to manage your stress in an effective way. Many students find it useful to connect with those they are close to; these fundamental social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing. Get enough sleep, take regular breaks, eat well and even take a walk around Birmingham.

“Working and studying together is a really beneficial way to boost your income and skills, as well as your social life. Many of us struggle to manage our study and social life as is, so implementing another large commitment like a job can be a very daunting thing. Looking after your well-being and confirming your priorities is the best way to ensure a healthy work-study balance, and you’ll be well on your way to an enjoyable and productive time at university.”

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