Life as a full-time student, part-time worker
Post Date: 01 Aug 2020
Taking up part-time jobs can also help students to cultivate some of the qualities they would need when entering the workforce.
“I learnt the appropriate working attitude and developed myself for the working world,” said Zakirah.
As a part-time sales associate at Typo, Sarah Alysha, 18, added: “Going to work has also made me feel more independent, because I have started managing my own finances. Without a job, I do not think I would be as independent and disciplined as I am now.”
Sarah also mentioned how being a student part-timer helps discover hidden talents. She said: “Working has allowed me to realise that there were some things I did not even know I was good at. For example, I found out that I was actually pretty good at things like calculating inventory shrinkage. This is something I would have never realised if I had not gotten this job.”
She added that being a student part-timer can also be a confidence booster.
“Since I am the only worker at my store, I have to make sure that I know how to manage everything on my own. That added sense of pressure has helped me develop a more confident self image,” said Sarah.
These are just some of the many benefits that come with being a student part-timer. However, according to Loke, being a student part-timer is “not all rainbows and unicorns”.
“It can be extremely tiring,” said Loke.
The high levels of stress and fatigue were things that all three students mentioned, when asked about the downsides of being student part-timers.
“During submission week, it gets a little hard to juggle between school and work. At my company, I am required to work for a minimum amount of time per week. So, I cannot possibly not turn up for work just because I have submissions,” said Sarah.
According to Zakirah, the stress of having to cope with studies while working as a part-timer can also take a toll on our bodies.
“We can tire ourselves out too much without even realising it. Your body will sometimes just break down on you,” she said.
Another downside to being a student part-timer is that it can also affect relationships.
“When I am too preoccupied with work, I tend to forget about my friends and family. I start spending less time with them and sometimes forget about my duties and responsibilities as a friend or family member,” said Zakirah.
Loke advised that students should “do their research” before committing to a part-time job, so that they know exactly what they are getting themselves into.
Sarah also noted that as a student part-timer, you must “learn how to balance between school and work, because ultimately, you are still a full-time student”.