In my first year of university I knew from the start that I would need some sort of part time job to help me financially. Like a lot of people I knew, my student finance just wouldn’t cut it – and I needed some way to fund my trips up to Aldi, and my addiction to iced caramel lattes! I began handing in my CV to anyone that would take it and lined up an interview with the people that run Shakeaway in Ipswich.
As most people probably know, the job is fairly self-explanatory: I make milkshakes, I help clean the store and serve people shakes blended with “little drops of heaven” (at least that’s what the back of my uniform says).
Honestly, as far as jobs go, it’s pretty average. I’ve found that it disrupted my study time a little, as I have a lot of content and lengthy reading lists for my course and my weekends are now reserved for shifts. I found that I had to move my schedule around a bit, but I’ve found that studying on my free weekdays and in the evenings has given me enough time to study and make a little extra cash.
My biggest worry when starting at Shakeaway was that my extended holiday times between terms would be an issue. I was going to travel back home during Christmas and the summer, because who doesn’t love free rent and food?! However, the staff that run the store were incredibly accommodating, giving me the holidays almost completely off and ensuring that my job would still be there for me when I returned to study this September.
I feel that having a job whilst studying has given me more skills than I had anticipated. It may sound stereotypical but I have genuinely improved my time management skills having to balance work, university, and a social life. I suppose it also demonstrates to future employers that I am dedicated, hardworking, and loyal to the company I work for.
I would definitely say that having a part time job is a good idea for those that want to learn how to manage their time and get some extra income to help them through their time studying.