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BSc (Hons) Games Software Engineering

Written by David Alfyorov from Lithuania, studying BSc Games Software Engineering

Money matters

Enrolling at university doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’ll be able to handle the university lifestyle. I’m not talking about bad grades – this blog is not about that at all – but financial stability. This is one of the most important cornerstones for a young student. Your finances are essential for everything, ranging from housing to your social life. If you’re not sure if your parents will be able to support you through university, or if you just want to earn some extra cash for yourself, then the easiest way to do this is through a part-time job.

Work hard or hardly work?

Finding a part-time job is one of the most convenient ways to earn some extra cash, at least in comparison with other available options. Bournemouth is a popular town for tourists, which can make finding a part-time job easier than in places like Birmingham or London (which are extremely competitive.) Without talking too much about the background, I will try to give you two important pieces of advice on how you can quickly find a job which will suit your needs.

  1. Use popular and certified websites for your search, such as “Indeed”, “Glassdoor” or “Totaljobs”. There are a lot of jobs of all kinds, and companies are always hiring. Try to look for jobs which are relevant to the topic you’re studying. For example, if you are studying something like “Event Management,” try to look for something that has something to do with events. While it is not always possible, I would strongly advise you to do this as it will be a good addition to your CV. If you have no experience or jobs like these are not currently available (and you can’t afford to wait!) then fast food chains are a reliable alternative. It may sound cheesy, but it’s not as bad as it seems; nearly everyone started with that sort of job, right?
  2. No matter how desperate you may be for money, never put your part-time job above your studies. If you have troubles paying for your accommodation, just speak to the BU lettings agency. They are understanding people and will do what they can to help. You arrived in Bournemouth to study, not just to work!

To conclude…

Finding a part time job is always useful, and in a place like Bournemouth, it might be easier than you think! However, you always need to make sure that you take a part time job with flexible hours, so your grades will not be affected. No matter what, your education needs to come first.

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