Should students work part-time while studying?
With the increasing costs attached to the pursuit of higher education, working part-time while studying has become a necessity for many students – be it for the sake covering daily expenses, paying for tuition or miscellaneous academic fees, or just for extra allowances, this issue has become more and more apparent in our society today. More than just being apparent, it has also become a dilemma for many students. In this article, we will weigh the pros and cons to students taking up part-time jobs while studying along with a few pointers towards the end of this article.
The good thing about working part-time while studying is the fact that money will not be the only thing which you will gain through working. It is also the great opportunities which you can attain with first-hand experiences in the marketplace that can help you prepare yourself for the real working world by learning how to work with and for other people as opposed to confining yourself to the solitary pursuit of studying. Who knows you might even be able to gain some experience in the field(s) in which you wish to venture into upon your graduation. If you are able to find the correct job, it will give you an invaluable head start in your career and you will have the upper hand the moment you graduate due to more experiences that you have compared to your freshly graduated peers.
If you’re an international student seeking to work part-time in Malaysia, you will get to experience the language, culture and lifestyle of the people here – first-handedly. Working in a foreign country will give you a totally different experience compared to when you work in your home country.
If you’re interested to work in Malaysia but you’re uncertain of the requirements and have questions in your head, check out this article: Working part-time in Malaysia.
One of the down sides to working part-time is that it takes up time. Though it isn’t as time consuming as compared to a full-time job, it still does take up time. As a student, time is one of your greatest assets especially when your course gets tougher – more time is needed for research and revision. Besides that, the ugly truth about part-time jobs is that you will rarely find a job which can help glamorize your CV and at which you may not find any sympathetic ear when you need to change shifts or miss a few working days to meet your assignment deadlines. Realistically speaking, most students will not be able to get jobs at law firms or newspaper companies since the positions offered in these companies are usually in demand of at least an academic degree or some working experiences in related fields. Therefore students would most likely end up occupying unskilled positions like waitressing, dish washing, babysitting, product promoting and so on.
Some pointers for you:
1. Plan your time wisely.
Plan your time according to your academic calendar. Block out crucial dates (Example: examination dates, assignment due dates, presentations…etc.) and inform your employer about your absence at least one month in advance. Students are discouraged to work during exam time. If your semester is a long one then choose to work only during the first half of the semester, and concentrate on your studies as exam dates draw near.
2. Plan your finances wisely.
Never spend more than what you can afford. Also, never spend everything that you earn. Save up to at least 20% of your earning for rainy days. If you’re not planning to work during exams, then you should plan your finances in such a way that you will always have enough to spend even when you don’t work.
3. Apply for scholarships or financial aid.
Can’t seem to juggle between both work and studies? Try applying for scholarships which offer financial aid to students who have financial difficulties. Good academic result is crucial if you want to obtain and maintain scholarships.
Looking to earn a degree abroad? You can choose from a plethora of international universities. Alternatively, you can check out the list of scholarships offered in Malaysia.
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