Too often we hear about the work-life balance, “it’s important to have a good work-life balance.” For many it is a term that generally means actively pursuing a career while also leaving room to stay sane. Then there is what university students know as the work-study balance. This is a term that usually resonates as “…a living hell.” In other words, say good bye to the hallmark university experience and say hello to sleepless nights and 8:00am classes. For many students, not only must they juggle their studies on one hand, but on the other there is the worry of making ends meet. It is a harsh truth, but unless one is a trust fund baby this is the reality that many university students live in.

Reasons like the ever increasing tuition fees are main factors causing students to take on hour-hefty part-time jobs, leaving little time for studies, let alone sleep. However, attending university isn’t just about acquiring a degree. There are social factors to it that help shape and mold young adults into the professional we see today. You could even go as far to say that by neglecting the social aspects of the university experience; one would place in jeopardy their own development from a social standpoint.

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This can all be avoided with careful planning and having your priorities in check. When choosing a part-time job it is important to find one that supplements your life in university, and not one that will dictate it. That being said, finding a job that fits within your studying pattern is quite essential. From personal experience, I tend to study best in the morning and not the other way around. Choosing a job that requires me to work during the day and in turn study drained at night would not be optimal. Flexibility in scheduling is another factor. The university life tends to throw many curve balls at students, such as exam schedules and the notorious group meetings. Finding a job that can cater to a varying available will rid you of any unnecessary headaches. Additionally, being calculated and knowing your limits will allow you to stay on track. Determining how many hours a week is manageable and not being tempted to chase the paper will help keep the eyes on the prize – your degree.

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Keeping this checklist in mind, Ted Rogers School of Management provides their students with many on-campus jobs through our work-study program. This program allows full-time students the ability to gain experience within their field of study with flexible hours. The employment positions also offer great flexibility to cater to the student’s busy schedule. As we are just beginning the winter term, I highly suggest students to look into this program, as it is a great opportunity to gain experience, financial support, and allow for a work-study balance. The deadline for being hired for the winter term is January 24, 2015. For more information about the work study program please visit the Work Study Information page.  If you are looking to find out more information about our Undergraduate programs please click here.

Posted by Julian Hiploylee

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