Should I get a Job at University?

Hi Everyone!

So for today’s post I thought I would give you the pros and cons of having a job at University, as for a lot of freshers it is a big question that they want answering. Now I’m not here to tell you whether you should or shouldn’t get a job, but I hope these pros and cons will help you make your mind up on whether you should get a job. I know lots of people who have jobs but I also know a lot of people who don’t, it is all personal preference.


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Make Money – One of the main reasons that people get a job at uni is so they can have  some more money as more often than not your student loan wont cover half of what you want it to.

Meet New People – By having a job you meet new people who aren’t just on your course or in your university halls.

Gain New Skills – If you manage to get a job in an area you have never worked before you can gain some new skills that will look great on your CV.

Gain Work Experience – If you manage to get a job related to the area that you want to work after your degree you can gain valuable work experience that may give you an edge when it comes to applying to graduate jobs.

Better Time Management Skills – Having a job at uni forces you to have better time management skills as you have to work in your uni work around your lectures and your work shifts.

You Become More Money Aware – Earning your own money makes you more money aware because when you spend your money you’ll think twice before buying that useless item you probably don’t need as you’ll start to value money more.


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Less Free TimeNow obviously if you have a part-time job at Uni you will have less free time. If you have a very busy uni timetable or a lot of work to do outside of your lectures then maybe you should really think about whether you should get a job or not.

Can Make Life More Stressful – Now this isn’t the case for all people but having a part time job can make life more stressful as you have less time to do things but if you have good time management skills it should work fine.


It is obvious that there is more pros to a job than cons but it all depends on personal preference, as if you know that you have a lot of work to do and having a job would stop you doing that then maybe don’t get one. However, if you have enough free time and want to earn more money then you should get one, but always remember you degree should come first and a job second, so keep that in mind when deciding.

I hope you enjoyed this post.


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