Hands up if you’ve ever been told that it’s hard juggling a part time job and a full time degree? I’ve heard it thousands of times and whilst it is true, it can be done. It’s all about good time-management.
In my first year of uni, I worked part-time at John Lewis and got a 2:1 but I had absolutely no social life whatsoever. In my second year on my study abroad, I had an amazing social life and got 73% but I didn’t have a job. This year I’m going to try and master all three: working, studying and playing. Except I don’t have just 1 job; no, that would be way too easy. Somehow I decided that 1 job wasn’t enough and that I needed 3 (ermm…). Aside from being a blogger (job number 1), I’m also a Surgery Supervisor for the Maths Department and a Sports Activator for Let’s Do Leicester .
As mentioned above, time-mamangement is going to be key in juggling all three jobs plus studying and making time for friends, so as any organised human being would do, I’ve made a (very-packed) timetable. I’ve written a previous post on how to create an effective timetable in an old blog I used to have, which you can check out here.
If you’re thinking about getting a job during university, then I would encourage you to do so. It’s a bit of extra money and another thing to add to the CV. However, just make sure you know your limits; you don’t want your studies and social life to suffer because of it.
A great way of improving your social life is to join clubs and societies on campus. There are hundreds, from the Finance society to the student union’s radio station to Quidditch! Not only will you meet new people and expand your network, it’s also another great thing to add to the CV. During my study abroad, I realised the importance of being apart of a club, so I strongly encourage you, whether you’re in your first year or last year of uni, to sign up to a few during Freshers Fair on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September.