Roughly 50% of Irish students have part-time jobs while they are at university, and it may come as a surprise that this could be having a positive impact on their grades. When I was in college I was lucky to have a flexible part-time job, which earned me some money and was helpful to have on my CV once I finished studying – both quite obvious benefits to work. Surprisingly though, it has been found that students who work part-time actually tend to graduate with better grades.

A study by The National Centre for Education Statistics found that on average students who worked 1-15 hours per week got better results than students who didn’t work. Other benefits of working part-time include:

Better finances / reduce the need for loans

The most obvious benefit of working is the extra income. Ireland has the second-highest fees for undergraduates in Europe – Irish students pay €3,000 per year in college registration fees, not to mention the cost of rent and day-to-day living. A part-time job reduces the need for loans and the possibility of getting into debt.

New skills

Working in a job, whether you like the job or not, will force you to learn new skills. The skills might not directly relate to your future career, but soft skills such as time management and team work are transferrable in just about every career and sector.

Figure out what you like (or don’t like)

Exposing yourself to the working world will help you decide what kind of work you like doing, or do not like doing, a lot quicker than reading books or articles on What Career is Right for Me. This will save you time and stress when it comes to deciding what your ideal full time job will be after college.

Increased focus

The main reason behind why student’s grades increase while working part-time is likely due to the introduction of a routine. It’s been proven that a routine can help:

  • Increase focus
  • Decrease stress
  • Time management
  • Better sleep

Of course, having a part-time job during college isn’t all easy breezy. Usually working anything over 16 hours a week tends to have negative impacts on studies and can increase stress levels, so be careful when signing up for extra hours. If you’re struggling to strike the balance, one of our recruiters who is working and studying, recently wrote 5 Tips to balance work and study which might help.

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