How To Balance Study & Work At University

It can be a benefit to study and work during your time at University. In the moment it may not feel that way, because you might feel that you can’t focus your time fully on your studies. I find that it enables me to juggle my time and use it wisely. It keeps me organised and finish tasks more efficiently. The reason why it can be a benefit is that you learn the skills and lessons that one can only learn when you start working. It can build up your CV, especially for jobs that require a certain amount of experience. It also allows you to know many things to expect once you graduate. Lastly, it teaches you to be financially independent.

According to Sydney Morning HeraldAlmost 75 per cent of tertiary students aged 20-25 have a job. It also mentions that doing some part-time work can significantly increase students’ chances of getting a full-time job after graduation. University students who worked casually in a job linked to a future career were much more likely to get a job on graduation than those who had worked in non-career related employment. Procrastination happens to most of us from time to time, regardless of how big or small. When you are balancing a work and study schedule, you are less likely to procrastinate, because you need all the time you have to complete an assignment or study for an exam.

If you’re paying for your own rent and living costs, it makes working more meaningful and motivating. You also put more value in the time and effort you had in the hours you worked and the way you spend your money. Every person is in a different situation. Some families have the ability to financially support their children, but may choose not to because they want them to learn to be independent. This can be a blessing because once you graduate, the reality of what it takes to take care of yourself may hit harder if you haven’t had any work experience before. It’s common for some people to work 2 casual jobs as well to support themselves through uni.

Balancing work and study may also depend on your course. For example, it would be unrealistic for a medicine student to work in a part time job that requires 20 hours a week working at a company, while having to study and go to the hospiral. From experience, when I studied a Music degree it was a comfortable balance when I was teaching Flute and also working at the University. However, when I worked in hospitality during that time, it took up a lot of my practice time and drained a lot of my physical energy to perform well. Don’t over burn yourself and work the hours that you can commit to. Sleep, eating healthy and exercising are extremely important in order to function as a student.

Having a clear timetable of your week is vital to keep up to date with everything. Make sure you attend all classes and tutorials, and use your spare time to work on assignments. Your working hours are often fixed, and so try to work around those hours to fit in study time. Remember to always fit in some social time and alone time, otherwise you can become fatigued or unmotivated. During holidays you can work more hours or take on extra courses. Working during the Summer means you can save up money for the next semester. Balancing work and study comes down to yourself. It means using your time wisely, staying organised and knowing how to use your free time.

Art by Eunjoo Lee

2 thoughts on “How To Balance Study & Work At University

  1. I agree with what you said in this post. My parents are very supportive in all that I do, never making me worry about our financial situation. But they do encourage me to get a job at uni, because – just like studying – it teaches you a lot of values that you need to learn in order to become an adult. Beyond sustaining yourself as a student and individual, it preps you for the realities of adulting.

    1. I’m happy to hear they’re supportive of you, and that’s a really good thing that they encourage that, cos it definitely teaches you financial independence earlier on rather than later!

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