What is the Ideal Work Life Balance for Students?

February 21, 2011

Student Studying At HomeIf you have ever studied full time and worked, you will know the challenges of trying to keep up with your studies whilst also having a job (and trying to have a life!).

It can be a very stressful time, particularly those who depend on a job to support them during their education.

Work life balance is often associated with working mums, but as a recent article highlights work life balance is important to many Australians, including those who are studying as well.

The study presents findings on the impact of work on studying and gaining employment after graduation.  The results of the survey indicated students who work greater than 8 hours per week increased their chances of dropping out.

In addition, students who work part time in their related field significantly increased their chances of gaining employment after graduation.

Speaking from my own personal studying experience I can certainly agree to both of the points above.

I worked between 8-10 hours per week whilst undertaking university full time and I would have struggled doing any more hours.  Employment allowed me to generate additional income and gain invaluable professional experience in my field that helped me to gain my first job out of university.

In addition to my experience, I have worked in human resources for many years.

On a recruitment front, candidates who have gained relevant university or TAFE qualifications and have practical experience have a better chance of gaining employment immediately after graduation.

As for work life balance, it is always important to consider your individuals circumstances and what is actually possible for you.

Studying, working and trying to have a life is possible, but it’s about trying to find the right balance to achieve the most out of all of your pursuits.

For more information on this results of this survey visit http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/balance-the-key-for-uni-students-who-work-20110111-19ms9.html.

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