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Some student advice....not just about employment!
Jobs whilst you are a student
Member Name: Ally1602
Jobs whilst you are a student
Advantages: Best time of your life!
Disadvantages: The most skint time!
So even though the university says "you shouldnt work while your are studyig, concentrate on your studies, loans and other help from the financial department will help you out" how unrealistic?!
Im a student and I am in debt.
I started a Nursing course when I left school stuck at for a while and then before they chucked me out for not working very hard I left (at this point with around £5500 of debt). I then started a brand new degree, problem was I had to pay my tuition fees this time round (I am from Scotland so usually SAAS pay these for us), I have bills coming out my ears from credit cards (worst idea ever!), trying to pay my overdraft and rent to my parents (harsh!), my phone and my social life (virtually non existant just now!)
Make a budget, what do you NEED to make to cover you for the month, monthly budgets are so much easier to use than working out a yearly plan although this can be helpful if you want to see how much you are paying/earning etc.
Set yourself an allowance for the week, I usually go for £20 a week when Im skint which is satisfactory and £30 - £40 when I am a bit better off (which is not very often!)
I work in a shop, which is brilliant. I am contracted to 14 hours per week only on weekends (rotation sometimes I work in the morning, sometimes night and every third week a weekend off!)! I think the key is finding a weekend job which offers overtime. Overtime is a great way to boost your wage but also its YOUR choice. Sometimes when I have a quiet week at uni I work 30 hours, this week due to having lots of assessments and studying to do I am sticking to my basic hours. Its great to have the choice.
Boosting income doesnt need to be hard work though and there are other ways to boost income without working every hour god sends.
1. Amazon - brilliant place to buy and sell your old uni boooks. I advise selling them just after Christmas, and just before the uni starts back after summer holidays this is the best way to get the highest price :) But for buying books, buy right in the middle of the summer holidays...not many other people will be buying books at that time. Otherwise borrow from the library and spend nothing!
2. Do bootsales. Sounds geeky but its a brilliant way to get money for a night out. Usually me and my sister make around £100 so £50 each for selling old rubbish? not a bad mornings work!
3. EBAY!!! Fantastic site, put anything you want on it and earn a bit of cash. Bit of a pain going to the post office but still worth it in the end when you transfer a wad of cash to your bank account!
4. Take full advantage of STUDENT DISCOUNTS - my favourite word! And probably the best thing since sliced bread!!
Enjoy student life. And by taking care of your money and using some of the things listed above your income can be upped easily and seinsibly without doing alot of work during term time!
Summary: Have a blast!