Why work while at university?

Sakina O

Why work while at university? It might seem like a question with a really obvious answer, but there are loads of other reasons why working whilst you are studying can be really beneficial.

Let’s tackle the obvious answer first; who wouldn’t like a bit of extra money? Money is nice, it helps you to buy stuff and money makes the world go round and let’s face it, you don’t have an awful lot of money as a student so any extra you can get your hands on is a bonus! It’s not however, the only reason to work as a student as there are many other benefits that might not be so obvious at first glance.

By having a part time job while you are studying, you will gain some valuable ‘real world’ experience which will make you more employable in the future. Even if you are stacking shelves in your local supermarket, you will gain loads of transferable skills which will help you stand out from other candidates when it comes to applying for graduate roles.

Part time work can also put you in contact with people who may be in a position to help you in the future – networking is a crucial ability to have, particularly as a Business student and there are regular networking events held where you can come along and meet potential employers.

Working is also a great way to meet people; starting at university can be pretty scary if you don’t know anyone and having a part time job is an excellent way to make new friends. If you left a job to come to university, it’s well worth asking your manager if you can get a transfer to a nearby branch if there is one. That way you already have something that is familiar while you are getting to grips with your new surroundings.

Working is also a way to get a taste of what your choice of potential career may actually be like. You might want to have a career in retail management when you graduate and by having a part time job in that field, you can make a true assessment of whether it is really the job for you.

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