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Can you work and study… and still have a life?

Can you work and study… and still have a life?

Many students take on part-time work to earn extra cash for travel, make new friends, improve their language skills, or network their way into a new career. But is it really possible to combine work with study, do well in your course… and still have a life?

What are the secrets to work-study-life balance? Can you really fit it all in?

Finding balance

To be successful, you need to set clear goals and find a balance between work and play. Every person has 168 hours a week. It sounds like a lot, but when you consider a full-time degree course-load may take up 30 to 40 of those hours, and you also need time to sleep, eat and travel to and from campus or work, that time starts to shrink rapidly.

Studies have shown that students who work between 10 and 15 hours per week can manage their full-time study and their work. If you work more than this, you may find it more stressful – and that your study and results may suffer. So even if your student visa allows you to work 20 hours per week, this may not be ideal.

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