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Balancing Your University Project and a Part-Time Job

| October 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you are concerned about finding the right balance between your university studies and working at a part-time job which allows you to make some money so that you can pay your bills, you are not alone; this is something that a large percentage of students are concerned about.  Money is one of the major concerns students face, and many can expect to graduate with a large amount of debt – in some cases, up to £15,000.  So, how do you balance working with all the studying you have to do?

Explore All Your Funding Options

At a time when credit is hard to come by for most people it seems that there is no limit to what is on offer for students.  You can apply for grants, bursaries, student loans, overdrafts and, as a last resort, call in at the bank of mum and dad.  Your Student Union should be able to point you in the right direction, so make that your first stop.  If you can get extra cash from other sources this will limit the number of hours you will have to work, freeing up time for studying.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you are struggling to maintain your university workload as well as your part-time working hours, don’t be afraid to speak to someone about the problem.  Universities have onsite counsellors who are experienced at dealing with all kinds of problems, so you don’t need to suffer alone and in silence.

Be Realistic

Learn how to set a budget, and then try to stick to it.  Figure out your likely income every week or month, and then how much you will have to pay out for bills, books and, of course, enjoying yourself.  Understanding how much you will have each month, as well as how much you need, will help you make the money go further by planning ahead.

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