Having a job when you’re a student

Recent Santander 123 Current Account research has shown that 61 per cent of full time UK undergraduates are working in jobs, 21 per cent of these in catering jobs like bar work.

Students in the study were earning £4,478 yearly, and 58 per cent said they do paid work so they can cover university-related costs.

But it's important to know that you can balance having a job and doing your best in your degree, for example. 

Here are some considerations for working students, about various aspects of work: 

Pick the right hours

According to the research, the average undergraduate worker puts in eight hours each week at their job while it's term-time. This sounds like an un-intrusive level of paid work for most students.

One thing to consider is that your uni may well have told you how many hours per week you should be spending on study – that will include both lectures and lots of work where you're on your own and have to manage your time yourself.

Reading, writing essays and revision all fall into this category. So while extra hours and extra cash in your job are always tempting, be sure they won't mean you're doing less than you should for your course.

Keep in mind that, when you take a job at the beginning of term, you might feel like you have more free time than you do towards the end of term, when deadlines come up.

According to the research, students tend to put in more hours at their job when it's the holidays. Of course this makes sense and is a great way to boost income. But remember that you'll also likely have work to do for uni during your vacation, so be sure you have the space for this!

Consider how you will use your earnings

Putting some money away if you can afford it could be a great move. For example, if you find you have a period of unemployment when you leave uni, you could really welcome that little nest egg. According to the Santander research, 42 per cent of undergraduate workers were earning so as to save for life after their studies.

Relish the chance to meet new people

One great thing to take advantage of if you're working is that you will be able to meet people who may well fall into a much wider age range compared to your uni friends. Most jobs people have when they leave uni involve people of lots of different ages, so getting used to having friends and colleagues who are a bit older can be a great learning experience. 

Berkeley Scott provides specialist advice and support to help you find hospitality work

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