Working part-time and managing your studies

Being a postgraduate student, I understand costs associated with your studies and living expenses might make things seem a little strained. I have spoken to several international students about the challenges overseas education might entail – not to say it is any less for domestic students, depending on your circumstances.

In such a situation, I would recommend taking up part-time student jobs. A word of caution: Some of you would have limited hours that you may be allowed to work for, especially students like the self on a Tier 4 visa. Your visa vignette and Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will have details. Please bear this firmly in mind before making any prior commitment for work.

I have been blessed to work with the Estates team at the university as a part-time space auditor for a period of two weeks. Not only will I earn some money – more importantly, I have gained some skill-sets and experience in interacting with people in a different set up than I was accustomed to, prior to this experience. I especially take this opportunity to thank Tracy Moore, the Estates Admin Team Leader for her repeated guidance in the process.

This week, I put some pointers for you to find part-time work and manage your studies alongside.

1.     You do not have to work part-time all year: At the outset, I suggest you following the dedicated Student Jobs website on the university web pages. There is also a public twitter page for Student Jobs. The dedicated Careers & Employability team is there to assist you on the ground floor of the Roland Levinsky Building. I suggest  you give a good thought to these few things: a) Your job doesn’t essentially have to match your skill-set, but do not feel too adventurous either; b) Importantly, go with your gut instinct and c) take into account the vibe of people you’d work with.

 2.      Timetabling: Most postgraduate students pursue intensive degrees as they last only for about a year. I strongly recommend you look for jobs in your freer weeks. If you are here in the holidays, ideal! – that would be a good time to pursue part-time work, since commitments to attending classes are fewer. Also, you can always peruse the Charles Hayne library, open 24/7 throughout the year, at your convenience.

  3.      Studies First: Remember you are here to study – and that must precede all else. At the end of your degree, you must feel like you have learned more, developed your own skills for the research and work sector. Keep at your books with fervid passion, and have a wonderful academic year. Also, remember to relax, to quote W.H. Davies, “stand and stare” and enjoy the thrilling natural surroundings Plymouth offers.

There is much to explore when you open yourself to newer paradigms, as newer possibilities then rise. Soak into its oneness and bask in the glory of learning.

With love,

S.