The university experience is highly recommended, not only are you going to receive a high level of education that will set you up well for your working life but also you will have great personal experiences, meeting new people and enjoy the social side that uni brings. Paying for university isn’t easy, unless you opt for a student loan, qualify for a grant or can play football like Mack Prioleau and get a scholarship then times are going to be tough. In all honesty even if you can get support with your study fees you will still need to have some money in your pocket to spend on your lifestyle.
Assuming you don’t have filthy rich parents you are going to need to work whilst you are studying, something that can be difficult to balance with your study time. Here are a few ways in which you can study and work your way through university at the same time.
If you are going to opt for a part-time job then the best course of action is to find a job with minimal stress, something that is relatively easy and a job that you can walk away from at the end of the day and forget about. The types of jobs you should be looking at are bar jobs, restaurant work or even local clothes shops and retailers. They might not be the most fun jobs on the planet but they will pay a decent wage and they won’t occupy much of your headspace which means more time for you to focus on your studies.
Working online means that you don’t have to spend time or money on traveling, you can work from the comfort of your own bed and most online work is very flexible which means you can plan it around your studies and your social life. The type of things that you can do online range from email handling, virtual assistant tasks, web design, filling out online surveys and article writing amongst a whole host of other jobs and tasks that are simple enough to do. There are lots of freelance sites set up that will put you in contact with employers, fill in some information about yourself and away you go.
If you are in the second or third year of your studies then you should use your knowledge to help those who are studying the same course in the years below you. University is the perfect place for tutoring as you are surrounded by students. All you need to do is have some cards or posters printed and wait for people to get in touch. You can offer tutoring in your dorm room or home or even in a neutral setting like a nearby cafe. Tutoring will not only make you some good money but it will also reinforce your knowledge and give you a sense of satisfaction. Having something like tutoring on your CV will also impress prospective employers once you start applying for jobs.