Working alongside completing university studies is quickly becoming the norm. Whether its to increase your financial security or gain on the job experience to support your degree, we have put together our top tips to help you balance your time and get the most out of both.
It’s important you take the time to work out your schedule, setting aside enough time to complete your assignments and studying as well as attending university all whilst working. Many students take up part-time work, as this allows them to be more flexible around their studies.
When starting a new job role, be honest about how much work you can take on, consider when your busiest periods are at university and take advantage of the holidays.
Having a lot going on can often be overwhelming, make sure you take some time out and prioritise yourself. Scheduling in regular breaks and doing something simple such as having a cup of tea, reading a book or talking to friends can help to reduce stress. Exercise is also a great way to feel refreshed and ready to start again.
If you are struggling with how to manage stress and want to talk to someone, your Student Welfare Team are here to help.
Take time off
Working and studying doesn’t always consist of a long to-do list and no breaks. When you have some free time, make the most of it and relax. Take some time out for yourself or plan a trip with your friends. It’s a good idea to make future plans and have things to look forward to.
Take advantage of your hard-earned annual leave from your employment and coincide this with quieter periods at university.
Remember why you’re doing this
Often, when working and studying it is easy to lose sight of your end goal. Remember why you are doing this and what your future could look like, when things get tough. It could be better career prospects, to improve your financial situation or to simply learn something new. Whatever your goals are, remember it will all be worth it.