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Over half of students hold down a job while studying

A huge 59 per cent of students manage to hold down a job while studying at university, according to a recent survey.

Carried out by insurance company Endsleigh, 45 per cent of students work in part-time roles, while 13 per cent juggle their books or holiday time with full-time jobs.

Niki Igbaroola, a third year English Literature and Classics student, said: “I found working in my second year extremely challenging because I chose a job with highly inflexible hours where I was required to meet certain targets every month.

“However, I found that this pushed me towards increasing my organisation. I worked on a rigid schedule and this improved my overall academic accomplishments. I would advise that you look at what each job requires of you and gauge whether or not you can handle it whilst studying.”

The survey found that out of the 2,128 asked, most students (58 per cent) work while studying in order to fund their social lives, while 55 per cent work to pay for their accommodation, food and household bills.

An additional 38 per cent revealed that their wages would be saved for the future, while 35 per cent hold down a job to avoid going into debt.

As well as paying the bills, Endsleigh found that over half of working students (53 per cent) consider gaining work experience as an important factor in ensuring employment after graduation. Just 13 per cent admitted they aren’t feeling confident about securing work after university, despite having been employed during their studies.

Education Sector Manager at Endsleigh, Kim McGuinness, said: “We’re seeing more and more students taking money matters into their own hands whilst at university, rather than simply relying on their parents to foot their bills or building up debt.

“However, while ensuring they are able to pay their monthly rent is clearly a priority, it is evident that university-goers are conscious of their future too.

Aware of the competitive jobs market they face upon graduating, the results suggest that working students are, at least in part, finding employment in the hope that the additional experience will help them stand out from the crowd when it comes to kick-starting their careers.”

About Abbie Weaving

Abbie is a third year English Literature student, rarely seen without a book or not listening to a song sung by Beyonce. You can find her wading through archives for dissertation research, Instagramming in the library, or incessantly Snapchatting around campus.

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