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WILL PART-TIME JOB COVER THE COST OF STUDYING IN THE UK?

There is an question remaining controversial in the international student community up to now, that is "WILL PART-TIME JOB COVER THE COST OF STUDYING IN THE UK?". If this is also one of your concerns before deciding to make this foggy country be home to your educational journey, then let's find out the answers with Vietnamese Connect!

EARNING EXTRA INCOME TO COVER LIVING COST IN THE UK 

The cost of studying in the UK is much higher than that in Asian countries. Such difference is not significant for those in good financial conditions but it will be quite a large number for students who are self-sufficient or rely on scholarships. In this situation, part-time job can help you pay for some essential living costs. 

 

According to regulations on students of the UK Government, you are allowed to work from 10 hours to 20 hours per week and unlimitedly during the holidays. Most Vietnamese students participate in diverse part-time jobs such as restaurants staff, interpreter, housekeeper, nail technician, etc. Each job will have a different salary based on the UK’s minimum wage stipulated for each age group. For example, salary for 22-age students working as a restaurant waitress is £8.2 per working hour. Therefore, with 80 working hours in 1 month, you can earn £600 which is enough to pay the essential living expenses.  

 

Also, students should frequently update the job search website of each university. There are always extremely attractive positions to be recruited from universities on such websites. These jobs are usually light, fun but having high salaries such as: school/brand ambassador, New Students Orientation Day supporter, canteen cashier, etc. So, working part-time jobs while studying at universities not only helps you get a relative income to cover living costs but improve your English ability.

NOTEWORTHY ISSUES FOR PART-TIME WORK

Certainly, the part-time job will help you earn a decent amount to relieve somewhat your parents of burden. However, if you are too concerned about making money, you may face a number of problems.

 

First of all, do not exceed the allowed working hours or you will be deported by the Government. You should carefully research the working hours as follows: 

 

Maximum 20 working hours per week 

  • A full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course in a higher education institution recognized by the Government.

  • A short-term program of a foreign educational institution located in the UK.

 

Maximum 10 working hours per week

For the following courses, students are allowed to work up to 10 hours per week.

  • Full-time associate’s or lower degree courses sponsored by an institution accredited or publicly funded as a higher education institution 

  • Any course for students over age 16 with a Tier 4 (Children) visa.

 

Working disallowed while studying 

  • Part-time postgraduate or higher courses supported by a recognized institution in the UK or by community funds acting as a higher education institution.

  • Courses at a college at all levels.

  • Courses at any level offered by a private higher education institution.

  • Any course for students below age 16 with a Tier 4 (Children) visa. 

 

So, if you are under 16 and have no Tier 4 (General 4), you are ineligible to work in the UK.

 

Next, rights protection. When working overtime, your school will not support and ensure that you are treated fairly without low wages or underpaid wages.  

 

Finally, your health. Working too much will make you tired and affect your learning results. You may retake exams, repeat courses caused by unfocused study and that will cost you a lot of money. There are still people who worked hard while learned well but not everyone can do that.

ADVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH PART-TIME JOB 

Before studying abroad, you should consult with students who are studying and living in your expected city about possible part-time jobs. At the same time, be thoughtful because it is a process of exchanging your time and energy. Choose the right job that is in the prescribed working-hour amount and protected.

 

If you are determined to study abroad to develop yourself, please study hard. You are not able to study abroad if your family does not have good financial status, are you? No, you will prove the opposite. You can study well, work well and the future will be the best answer for you. If you study hard, you can earn scholarships to pay for living cost. Part-time jobs can help you earn more income but let’s prioritize the values ​​you gain from the job. For example, a job at a restaurant looks very simple but you will learn a lot of things uncovered by your school, that is how to organize the work properly, how to communicate with customers, how to show your manners and attitude, and even it may help you in the restaurant business in the future. 

 

Vietnamese Connect always accompanies Vietnamese students on the study journey in the UK. From the first advisory messages until you have arrived in the UK, finding a part-time job, Vietnamese Connect is ready to support and help you at all.  

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