Balancing Work and University

As you may be aware, this year I am a fourth year Contemporary Art student at Gray’s School of Art. During your time at university you may need money to pay for things such as your rent or food or even for exhibitions. You may find you will need to take on a job. Try your best to find a job that fits around university work. Never overwork yourself.

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As well as being a fourth year student, I also have two jobs this year which hasn’t been the first for me as a student. During first year I was a waitress and also worked for Avon. Both jobs worked out very well for me as being a waitress was only during the weekend. Being an Avon representative was extremely handy as I could do it all in my own time so I had plenty of time to settle into the first year life.

I later got a job in  New Look clothing store. It offered a set amount of hours each week which is definitely the best way to go when finding a job. I would find good contract hours as they are helpful for estimating how much you get paid each month.

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Remember to leave some time in the day for yourself. Even if it is to sit with a cup of tea and catch up on your favourite TV show. Doing this will definitely help you relax and be ready for the next day of hard work, it’s time to get rid of all of that stress that may have built up throughout the day.

Even though University is obviously very important, your physical and mental health comes first. You will struggle if you do not give yourself some time to just relax and it will also help you enjoy University life more. Here are some tips:

  • Socialise: If someone invites you to a night out, go for it! Y’know, unless you have an essay due the next day.
  • Exercise: Someone asks you to go for a walk? Do it!
  • Communicate: Remember your friends as they will be a big help in relieving stress.
  • Be healthy: I know it may seem easier to grab a bag of crisps or a massive chocolate bar but its a lot better for you to eat fruit or a yoghurt or almonds which give you energy and are also a lot healthier for you.

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As I am in my final year at Gray’s I have decided to take on another job to help me with my masters in Art Therapy. To apply for the course that I want, I need to do a year working in a caring related job. I believe that it is a good thing to talk about your future plans with your manager/managers and to build a good relationship with them. My manager at New Look actually helped me get the job as a carer, so it really does make a difference when you communicate with your boss.

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Make sure that you put university before your job as it benefits you in the long run. Your manager must understand that if you are off that day and studying for an exam the next day and they ask you to work, that studying is a lot more important. If you are free and nothing to do then accept the extra hours as your manager will definitely appreciate it.

Make sure to sleep plenty, eat healthy and to not over work yourself. Find a good balance of work and play and your time at RGU will be a great experience.

Rebekah 🙂

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