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This month I'm blogging about how to manage studying for a degree and working part-time - a challenge even for the most organised student. Most of the time I'm quite good at juggling work and study, I'd even go as far as saying I thrive off of it. Recently though, it has stretched me to my limits! Like many students at KU, I need to work because my loan doesn't cover all of my living costs, but I also quite enjoy working and getting paid at the end of it! ...Who doesn't? I'm in my final year now so I should cut down the amount of hours I work but I feel like I've taken on more instead. I can see how import final year is, as it counts for 80 per cent of my degree, so I think I'm going to have to cut back on work very soon in order to dedicate myself to my studies. Whatever year you're in, or even if you're applying to study at KU next year, read on to gain an insight into some DO's and DON'Ts of working whilst studying, as told by a workaholic...


DO look on the Jobshop (on the KU website) to find student appropriate positions - they never post ads for jobs that would be too many hours for a student to cope with.


DON'T be a workaholic! It's easy to focus on your bank balance but your degree should always come first.


DO apply to become a student ambassador. Earn £9 p/h and learn fantastic transferable skills whilst on the job - it's a win win!

DO try and get work within your field of study, at least that way it could benefit your studies and give you an advantage after Uni.

DON'T spend before you've earnt. I've learnt this the hard way, when I know I'm getting paid I usually go to the Bentalls Centre and start eyeing up a new dress or pair of shoes but sometimes payments don't go through on time, or you get less than you thought or an unexpected bill turns up. It's always best to keep a small amount back so you don't give yourself unnecessary money worries.

DON'T agree to any more than 15 hours per week. That's the maximum amount a full-time student should work, I do roughly that amount and it's still a struggle.

Finally...

DO enjoy gaining life and work skills whilst being a student, you're already ahead of those students who chose not to work. Keep your CV up to date and make a LinkedIn account to connect with people you work with, you never know what or who might come in handy in the future.

 

After spending summer visiting my two flat mates in Frankfurt and Shanghai I know it is that time of the year where university recommences and the workload steadily creeps up. Last September, my second year, I was fortunate enough to be appointed with the role of Welcome Ambassador, a job that entails engaging with new and returning students during the enrolment period ensuring the best experience possible, just as I experienced from those when I first came to Kingston.


It is quite likely I may have welcomed you, or have done so this year as again I did the same work, although we are Welcome Connectors now. For me the experience is rich and a brilliant insight from the university to hire students from across all faculties through an application then interview process. In terms of the skills you learn there is a vast array, but not limited to: interview skills, crowd management, providing information, leading tours, working as a team, meeting a variety of people doing interesting degrees (I have found film locations, composers and more though this), and catering to the needs of everyone that comes by.


In addition to both my roles as Ambassador and Welcome Connector I have also, through KU, been able to work at the Graduation ceremonies in each venue: the Rose Theatre, Guildhall and Surrey County Council building. As the final term of first year approached I felt like I needed something extra to do, I wanted it to be something that would reflect strongly on my CV upon my graduation and by checking my KU email and JobShop I eventually received the call to duty.

                                                                                           The welcome connectors team!


To sum up this two year history, I have been involved at all levels of university life and found it to be a superb chance to develop and enhance my own skills and most importantly feel a strong connection with other students who I continue to work with well into the future. For any new or current student that may be reading this: just do as I did, go at your own pace and explore the options available to you, it can be work, societies, events, and at university it really is simply up to you - and it was one of the best choices I made and even led to a new job that I might not have got otherwise!                                                                                         

 

It can be a really daunting but also exciting time. If everyone gets on it's great but if not it can be awkward and uncomfortable.
Here are my tips on breaking the ice and making the year run smoothly....

1. Make an effort

Try to talk to everyone, don't be shy to introduce yourself and ask others about themselves.

2. Communicate

Exchange numbers so you can keep in touch regularly.

3. Have a communal area

A TV/ stereo to soften awkward silences but give you somewhere to congregate and talk. Be open minded everyone will be different and from different backgrounds try to embrace this.

4. Organise something

An evening out, cook together at home, go for a meal or walk. Organise something to all do together to break the ice.

5. Set ground rules

Especially if there is a lot of you it's important to have rules in place to save arguments later on for example, a bin rota/cleaning rota.

A meal my house mates and I made

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