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Universities across the country are now opening their doors and welcoming freshers. And all these fresh new students will be experiencing a steep new learning curve. If you didn’t go in September, you will no doubt be preparing to in October! Not just with regards to their studies and subject! They will also have to quickly learn financial planning so that they can keep afloat during the coming year. Even if you aren’t a fresher anymore, you might still be struggling with this aspect of student life. Sure, you will have your student maintenance loan and any bursaries you are eligible for. But will these be enough to survive off?

Many students think that they can get by on just their loan. However, many find that this is a lot harder to do in reality. After just a couple of months, many students realise that they are going to have to find a part-time job. Otherwise, they may not get through their first year of university.

Are you worried that getting a job will put your studies at risk? It doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, this blog post should inform you of the ins and outs of earning at university. There are many tips in this post that can help you study and earn at the same time.

Try And Monetize Your Hobbies

Do you already keep a blog? If you have a fair few followers and readers, you could potentially make some money from it. There are various ways to do this. One of the easiest is to sell advertising space on your site. If your blog is quite well-known, you may be lucky and have local businesses and organisations reach out to you. If you haven’t experienced this, don’t be too shy to get in touch with companies yourself. Are you not too keen on having advertisements on your website? Then you could let businesses and organisations know that you are open to publishing sponsored posts. There are some other hobbies that can help you earn a bit of extra money. If you enjoy crafts, consider selling your items on Etsy.

Look For A Job In The First Few Weeks

Start your job search early. Obviously, it is a good idea to get settled in during the first couple of weeks. But you don’t want to leave finding a job until too late. After all, there is a whole body of students who might also be looking for part-time jobs! It is a good idea to write up your latest CV before you get to university. Then, once you are ready to start your job search, you just have to hit print, and you are good to go! Getting a head start on the job hunt will ensure you aren’t left with the jobs that no one wants to do. Pot washer in a fast-food restaurant, anyone?!

Budget First

But wait; before you head out on your search, you should really budget to see how far the money you have will stretch. This can help you figure out how much you need to be earning. And then you can disregard any jobs that aren’t offering enough money. This can be useful if you have a busy course and will have limited free time. You won’t want to spend your spare hours working in a job for a pittance! So work out how much you need to live comfortably, and then aim for the best jobs in that price range. You can find out how to budget on sites such as moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/beginners-guide-to-managing-your-money

Similar To Your Course Or Different?

Do you want a job that is related to the course you are taking at university? Or would you rather work in a completely different field? Each path has different benefits. Working in a field closely related to your studies can help support your learning. It can also be beneficial if you have your heart set on working in that industry. For example, if you are studying dentistry, becoming a receptionist in a dentist’s surgery could help your career later on. However, if you still aren’t sure what you want to do after university, it could be worth looking for a job in a completely different industry. This will help you keep your options wide open.

Put Your Studies First

No matter what job you take, it is important that your studies always come first. They are the reason why you are at university at the end of the day! And they are also the reason why you have taken out a lot of loans! So your course should be your number one priority. When you are looking for a job, don’t accept a position that could prevent you from studying in your spare time. You should also think about your timetable. There is no point taking a job at a bar or club if you know you have lots of early morning lectures or seminars throughout the week.

Don’t Lose Money Through Sickness

Try and find a job that won’t punish you for being sick. All full-time jobs have to pay their employees sick pay and give them adequate sick leave. However, if you are working on a casual basis, you may not get this benefit. You will be able to take days off for sickness and ill health, but you will not be paid for them. So if you are off work for a week, you could end up losing out on a lot of money! Don’t forget that if you have an accident at work, you should be entitled to compensation. As long as the accident isn’t your fault. You can find out more about making a claim against your employer at websites like ukclaimlawyers.co.uk.

Chat To Your Lecturers

If you do take a part-time job, it is a good idea to inform your university lecturers and seminar leaders. They might be able to ease up on your workload if they know that you are very busy in your spare time. However, don’t expect them to ease off on you too much! You will still have to stick to all course deadlines and take part in all exams. Just because you are working doesn’t mean you can get out of all the hard work that easily!

Where Do You Find The Best Jobs?

Many universities will host job fairs where local businesses can go and advertise themselves to students. This is a great event to go to, as you will be able to pass out a few of your CVs to any companies who you like the look of. Take a walk around the town centre as well. Many shops and bars will put posters in their windows advertising for any extra staff they need. Many do this during fresher’s week as they know lots of new students will be on the lookout for work. If you don’t have a job after trying these two methods, have a look at online job boards. You could even try giving your CV at different companies in town, even if they don’t have a job advert in their window.

Once you do find a job at university, you will find that most of your financial stresses will fizzle out. You will be able to enjoy your life at university without worrying about whether your cash will last until the end of the month. You never know, you may even be able to save some money! And this can eventually go to paying off your loan!

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