May 24, 2018

Increasing number of students working whilst studying

A recent survey has found that an increasing number of students are holding down a part-time job alongside study. The survey, carried out by NUS Services on behalf of student insurance company Endsleigh, found that as many as 59 per cent of students are now working whilst at university. 

While part-time degree study in London alongside part-time work seems to be the only viable way to gain a higher education qualification for some, others are arguing that part-time work alongside either a full-time or part-time course could impact on your grades.

“I’ve had to work harder”

While part-time study alongside part-time work may appear a sensible option for those looking to fund their degree, an increasing number of full-time HR degree students and those on similar courses are working part-time. The survey of 2,128 students found that 45 per cent of those asked now have a part-time job, which is a percentage increase of two points on last year’s findings.

One student said in this article from the Guardian that he doesn’t want to work alongside his studies, but feels that he has to, saying, “The main reason I work is to have disposable income and money for rent… The fees aren’t a problem,” and “I’ve done ok in second year but I’ve had to work harder because of the job.”

While disposable income appears to be the biggest motivating factor behind students gaining employment alongside study, with 58 per cent wanting to spend the money on socialising and 55 per cent on food and household bills, an encouraging number said that they do it because it boosts employment prospects after university. 53 per cent of those asked said that this was a motivating aspect.

Whether there are financial concerns, or even as a way for mature students to support their families alongside bettering their education, part-time work and study appears to be increasingly more common. However, many higher education institutions debate the suitability of the work-study partnership, with Oxford and Cambridge not permitting paid work during term-time.

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