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For many students working while studying is part and parcel of the university experience. But how do you make sure you get that essential balance between keeping the cash rolling in, and getting the grades you need? 1. Know your limits All full-time students are only allowed to work a maximum of 15 hours per week during the semester. This is to ensure that you give yourself the chance to perform at your academic best and don’t get worn out. Humanities Programme Leader Sharon Maxwell-Magnus says. “While we understand students have to work, don’t expect us to be sympathetic if you tell us you didn’t get an essay in because you worked forty hours last week.”

2. Get a job that works Careers Advisor Helen Meyer points out that the Careers Service not only help students find graduate jobs and work experience, but can also help you find a part-time job to fit in with your studies. “We offer free advice and help with getting jobs and work experience both during your studies and for two years after you have graduated. So take a good look at the Career Hub or come in and see us.”

4. Find a job near you Travelling further than you need to just to work eats into your time and could end up costing you more than you earn! Finding a local job or even working for the University is always a smart idea (see over the page). 5. Stand your ground Once you’ve got yourself a job, don’t accept rates lower than the minimum wage and make sure you get a contract. And don’t be pressured into taking on extra shifts – if you do it once, you’ll end up doing it again – and you won’t get that time back for studying.

3. Think about your future Most jobs now require work experience, but how can you get that experience without having a job? Work placements, modules that offer work experience and summer internships are just some of the ways that you can give yourself the best chance of a great job after uni and also discover whether the sort of job you think is right for you, really is.

Faith Balogun, MA Journalism and Media Communications

Visit www.careerhub.herts.ac.uk and use your StudyNet username and password to get started This is Herts Guide 2018/19

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'This is Herts' student guide 2018  

Written by students for students, you'll find advice on everything from settling into university life and how to make your money go further,...

'This is Herts' student guide 2018  

Written by students for students, you'll find advice on everything from settling into university life and how to make your money go further,...