I recently got a job, and I have been working in my current job now for a month and a half. I feel like I'm kind of getting the hang of it all now, and I know what to expect and what I'm doing and things. I thought this would be a good time to put a list together about what it's like to be a student and have a part time job.
Just for some background, at the moment, I'm contracted to work 12 hours, but am working about 20 a week. I work both after school and on weekends.
A pretty obvious one, but it's really nice to have the money to do the things that I want to outside of school now, however.....
Con: I HAVE NO TIME
As I am working a lot of overtime at the moment, I don't really have much time to do anything except go to school and work. This keeps me busy but it can be quite exhausting. On the plus side, I have no time to spend my money.
Following on from the last point, I am working so hard throughout the day, it means I am sleeping a lot more heavily in the night, and therefore am not so tired in the day which means I have the energy to do the work I need to.
Con: I have to be there
With all of the things I have always done after school, I have always worked my hardest to be there all of the time and have very rarely missed sessions of anything. However, the fat that I have to go to work when someone else asks me to makes me not want to go as much if that makes sense.
Pro: I have better emotional control
A little bit of a weird one, but I have always struggled with controlling my tears. If I am sad, everyone knows. Now that I have a job, it means that |I can't really break out into tear on the shop floor and I have to suppress them until a later time. This is really good for me and I'm so happy I'm finally learning how to do it after 17 years of not being able to.
Con: Being ill
If I'm in school and I'm ill, I can just take it easy and chill out a little. Because I have to be in work and it causes a major inconvenience if I am ill. Fortunately, I am not ill that often, but I was a couple of weeks ago and I really struggled both mentally and physically with the amount of energy I was using up on things other than getting better.
Pro: I have better time management
It has taken me a while, but I am finally finding a way to fit my hobbies around both school and work. I have to make sure I do all of my work in my frees in school as well as doing all my shifts, but I appreciate my free time a lot more now, and I use it to do more productive things like blog rather than scroll aimlessly through Facebook, which I have been all too guilty of in the past.
Con: Being spontaneous
It's a lot harder for me to do things without a significant amount of planning first because I'm usually scheduled in for a shift, although it does mean that when I do have a day off and I do something spontaneous, I cherish it a lot more.
Pro: I have new friends
Working means that I have friends who are all in different places in their lives and have all experienced different things and I'm learning new things off of all of them every day and I'm so happy that I get to do that.
I hear teachers telling me more than anything that I shouldn't really have a job and I should be focusing on my studies. I feel that this is partially true, but it's good to have the money on the side and if you commit your frees to working and not socialising, it is more than possible to do both. The only thing I would say is be careful not to kid yourself. It can be so easy to claim you've spent the hour revising when all you have done is play cards with your friends.
Overall, I would say that the pros definitely outweigh the cons; but what do you think? Do you think it's wise to study and have a part time job? Is 20 hours too many hours? Let me know in the comments below.