How to balance study and work
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Have you ever felt like giving up because you’re drowning in work? Most students have experienced that multiple times! We know how hard it is to find time to study, to make some money working in a part-time job and still have a social life. Combining all of these can be hard, but there are many ways to make your life easier!





This is one of the most important things when it comes to finding motivation! When you’re studying something you find interesting, it’s easier for you to concentrate when it comes down to doing the actual studying for the exams, besides making your whole time at university a lot easier.

If you’re looking for a part-time job, try to find one that’s related to your studies. This way, you can extend your learning even more, and put your gained knowledge into practice. But even if you find an excellent opportunity, be honest with your boss and tell him that studying comes first.

Let’s face it, there’re only a certain number of hours in a day. There’s going to be times that the school will require your focus, and employers will expect you to work extra hours. Be honest with your employer about the amount of work you can take on, and make sure you prioritise your studies.



Working in a structured and organized way is something that everyone must do. We also know it can be hard to do it when we are very busy.

But we highly suggest you give it a try! You can use an agenda, planner, to do list or even an online program to keep track of your tasks, such as

It will benefit you in many different ways. You can quickly check what your priority tasks are, making your life less stressful and your days way more productive!



Be realistic with the decisions you make. Make sure that what you are doing and the deadlines are reachable. Do not let anyone pressure you or make you do things you would rather not do. It is better to do less with a better outcome than to do many different things without actually focusing on any of them. Quality is more important than quantity!

You should also take care of yourself! Use your spare time to hang with your friends, get some rest and treat yourself. Keep in mind that without any enjoyment, you will not be able to keep working and deal with stress.

If you are really struggling without knowing what to do, just ask people for some advice! Ask your best friends, colleagues, teachers and even your mom. They see things from a different perspective, which might be very helpful!

All in all, make sure to study a topic that is of your interest, be realistic in what you think you can handle and treat yourself every once in a while. You deserve it!


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5 skills employers look for and how to get them
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Let’s face it, when you’re at university, thinking about how to maximise your job prospects usually is not a priority. But there is a ton of stuff you can do between your studies to get the top skills employers seek and build up a kick-ass resumé – without compromising your student life.

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“The ability to work well within a team”. A classic, highly sought after by all employers. Collaboration, compromise and influence are essential to be able to operate smoothly and efficiently as a team. And these skills are easily developed through part-time work and summer internships. Especially in hospitality environments where you’ll need to utilise your communication and teamwork for shifts to run smoothly and ensure customers are happy. You’ll also earn yourself a nice bit of extra money. Win-win.


Leadership is about being able to manage and direct a team to do the best it possibly can, being a fundamental attribute for employers. While it may seem challenging to find a position to practice leadership while young, there are plenty available. Societies and sports clubs can surprisingly see you get better at more than just drinking, partying, and facing lectures with a hangover from hell. If you can wangle your way into the committee, you’ll be able to boost leadership skills. Sure, it’s an informal environment, but it’s a transferable skill.


Problem-solving skills involve a combination of initiative, creativity, resourcefulness, analytical thinking and determination. And there’s no better way to experience situations that require you to be responsive to a challenge than volunteering and travelling! You can meet new people and develop your problem-solving skills while having fun. You’ll also build resilience as you’ll inevitably face setbacks, changes in plans, and stresses on your journey.


Employers love candidates that have an awareness of how their industry works. Reading about current business trends and the impact these may have on a given sector will really make you stand out from the others. You can also embark on a business venture! While it may seem like a big deal, you don’t need to be the next Zuckerberg to reap the benefits. A business venture shows real entrepreneurial flair and initiative, and you’ll definitely develop commercial awareness for the industry you’re entering. Your ambition won’t go unnoticed!


You don’t actually need to be an artist to demonstrate creativity. It’s all about using fresh thinking, innovation, imagination and intuition to come up with ideas that could impact a company. Getting involved in a business venture can also demonstrate creativity, even if it lands on its face! Getting a part-time job or internship and thinking about what you could do to make something better is a great way to practice thinking outside the box!

Make sure employers know all the skills you’ve developed during the years! Keep your Linkedin profile updated so they can easily see if you’re a perfect match for their company.


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