4. Know your limits!
Sometimes it takes diving straight into a job to learn this, but if you’re already aware of how much you can realistically handle, then this will make it easier to filter out roles and be clear with employers what you’re able to do. Remember, it’s not just about fitting a job with your timetable, but also ensuring you’ve got the breathing space to not get overwhelmed.
For example, knowing you want to leave at least one weekend day free, never starting before (or finishing after) a certain time, or only working a maximum number of shifts a week.
For Elijah, the opening hours of his workplace worked really well with his lifestyle.
“I chose a job that had a somewhat late start, so the shift began at 1pm. So in the first place I didn’t have to worry that ‘oh I was with my friends until like midnight yesterday’… I didn’t pick up too many hours. I think I was only working two days a week.”
Lee, who also worked 2 days a week during semester, gives her take on managing a part-time job at uni.
“My advice is just to never take on more than you can handle.”
“Understanding your limits I think is really important… It’s easy as a student or as a first-time worker to just say yes to everything, and I think I found I was doing that even when I couldn’t cope with working as much as I was, and everyone has different limits.”
Often, university will be the first time you’ll have full reign of your free time. That can bring trial and error! But as long as you go for it, learn from your experiences and say no when you need to, it’ll likely be worth it!