1. How much do you need the money?It seems like a silly question to ask a student; you're living off the government, or your parents, and spending money like the vodka doubles you're chugging 3 times a week. So, ask yourself: are your habits sustainable? No doubt there will be times during your university tenure when you are less than well-off, but you may not need a part-time job (yet) if it's going to mean that you sacrifice other parts of your university experience…
2. Can you spare the time?If you have commitments elsewhere, then perhaps a part time job isn't right for you now. If you're deciding between having a part time job and your sports club, spending time with your friends (think about the FOMO!) or even just taking a little break from university work to binge on Netflix, then decide whether you want to exchange those activities for serving often disgruntled customers, sweeping grimy floors and accidentally pouring ketchup on your uniform when you take dirty plates to the kitchen.
3. Will you enjoy it?It's hard to know if you're going to enjoy your job before you even start, of course. But if your motives for getting a job are wrong, then obviously you won't enjoy what you're doing. If you're not enjoying it, you may not be committed to the company and that might just be a waste of both your and your employer's time.
My Experience...I had a job for my entire time at university and though many times I did question why I even bothered to get a job in the first place, after 4 years, it was one of the best things I did. My work experience went like this:
- I really improved my social life.
- I gained more employable skills, such as customer service, organisation, management and administration.
- It gave my mind a break from working incessantly on university work.
- It gave me more money to support myself for rent, through the summer and post-university.
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