Jobs for students:necessity, burden or distraction?

A writer discusses wether you actually need a job at university.

Manon Sanchez
9th December 2021
Jobs are sometimes hard to find and keep up. Image Credit: Stockvault
More students now work to fund their studies. New research shows the number of working students now stands at 59%. A  survey of 2,128 students found that nearly half of students – 45% – have a part-time job, including a third of students now working part-time during term time.

There are mixed views concerning this topic on whether students should be juggling their studies as well as a part time job.On the one hand there is the idea that students should have part time jobs because it gives them a chance to get out and contribute to the community. It teaches students the value of money and gives them skills that they can use in their future.This is a very valid point as it introduces us young adults to the working world and allows us to have some experience before being thrown into the work life.

Not only that but students are greatly needed to participate in today's society, getting a job in the community is a great way to participate and get themselves involved. It gives students a sense of ownership, that they too are an active member that helps make the society function at its highest level.

 When students get a paycheck they have to know that they need to budget their money and also to create a savings account for future purchases. It also teaches them the value of money. When about to spend their money they can stop and question themselves 'is this a want, or is this a need?' This is a great tool for young adults to acquire at a young age. Finally it gives students important skills useful for their future. For example, a student is to get a job at the local cafe, one would learn how to handle money, how to stock shelves, order supplies that are needed, customer service and the ability to handle hazardous materials. It also builds a student's character and trust worthy value. 

However, like with every controversial topic there are always very opposing views. One of the down sides to working during your studies is that it takes up time. As a student, this is one of your greatest assets especially when your course gets tougher – you will need to allocate more of your day to 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 allow you to miss a few working days to meet your assignment deadlines.

Realistically, most students will not be able to get jobs at law firms or newspapers since these positions usually demand at least an academic degree or some working experience in related fields. Therefore, students would most likely end up occupying unskilled positions like waitressing, dish washing, babysitting, product promoting and so on. Some would also argue that uni is a time to have fun, enjoy student life before being thrown into the deep end and working a proper job. Having parents willing to pay for their studies makes the financial aspect less of a worry and allows students to have a good time without the financial worry. 

'As a whole, part time work for a student is a key element in future success.'

As a whole, part time work for a student is a key element in future success. It allows the student to grow and learn as an individual and creates a strong work ethic. There is nothing more valuable to an employer than an employee that has these skills and in life there is nothing more desirable as an individual than to have a strong sense of worth, character and the ability to handle and manage money to their fullest potential. But it is understandable for students not to want to work if the job won’t benefit them and if financially they are capable of having a suitable lifestyle without the financial worry or burden.

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