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9 Ways to Balance Work with Your Studies

Doris Benitez
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A guest post by Megan Bryant, Online Marketing Intern at StudentJob

Discover ways to successfully balance your work with your studies to avoid the subtle hint of madness and excessive amounts of coffee…

Choose a job with manageable hours

We’ve all been there. Stinking poor and not a penny to spend on clothes or drinks, so the idea of working 40 hours week is appealing to all. However, it is recommended to work around 10 hours week. If you’re a little hesitant to discuss this in your interview, then there are plenty of tips to know to help with this.


When you have a million things going on at once, it is overwhelming. The handy online calendar will be your saving grace! Set your shifts, study time and deadlines along with reminders to understand the consequences if it is not followed.

Work from home jobs are a dream

Commuting to work can take up valuable time and energy. Have you considered working from home instead? Enjoy such privileges like having the office in your own bedroom, hiding from  poor weather and not having to get out of your pjs! Where can I sign up?

Healthy lifestyle

You are probably thinking:

Hey! I am trying to balance work, studying AND partying!

This is all fun and games until you have a tremendous burnout affecting the above three. To put it simply, take it easy! There is no harm in saying no to a night out or telling the manager you are doing too many hours.

Communication is key

Your manager or lecturer may seem like people you wish to dodge if you can, but they are also there to offer you help and guidance. If at any point you feel like you are unable to cope with the burdens of deadlines and work, then speak up!

Free time (Netflix binging) is crucial

Procrastination is every student’s hobby. However, it is important to de-stress and focus your attention on something less mentally stimulating, so yes that does mean Netflix! Free up your evenings so you can relax your mind before going to sleep.

Prioritise your tasks

Whether you’re at university or college, studies should always come first. Imagine paying over £9,000-a-year tuition fees to leave with a big fat stinking 0. No thanks. To avoid this, make sure you invest enough time in deadlines and studying. Work should always come second!

Remain positive

No one ever said studying and working was a complete breeze. Keep a positive mentality and you will be surprised with how this can help with productivity. Consider doing such things like meditating or watching inspirational videos (trust us, we’ve all been there).

Let’s shed some spotlight on you – congrats for holding down a job AND studying. It’s something not everyone can do. It shows you are a trooper and determined to get the job done and well!