Working during studies is very common among students. We at Tuudo have a lot of experience in combining studies and work, as we have employed several students, and in addition, many of us have personal experience of working alongside studies.

Part-time and flexible working hours are suitable for students, because at times studies take up more resources and there is less time left for work. For example, during exam weeks and when important deadlines approach, studying requires a lot of concentration, and it is important for an employer employing students to take this into account.

The work can correspond to one’s own field of study or it can be something completely different. Many find employment, for example, in the trade or restaurant industry, both of which offer occasional work especially in the evenings and on weekends. There are many reasons for working – some want to build a career already during their studies and strive to gain as much work experience as possible, while others work purely in the hope of additional earnings.

Why do students go to work?

Study time is often a financially difficult time in life, as the study and housing allowance do not cover all the costs of housing and living. That’s why many people also take student loans and work part-time, so that they would have some extra money for something other than mandatory everyday expenses.

Working alongside studies is encouraged by raising the income limits for study support, which makes working even more financially profitable. In 2022, the income limit for study support has been increased by 25 percent, and from the beginning of next year, the income limits will continue to increase by 25 percent. Thanks to raising the income limits, students can earn more without the fear of losing their financial support. You can read more detailed and up-to-date information about student income limits on Kela’s website.

Working alongside studies is a good start to a career

Well-scheduled and cleverly implemented, working during studies yields much more than financial benefits, and in the best case, work can even support studies. The work in my own field offers new perspectives to the theories learned in the courses and helps to understand many things on a practical level. Through work, you can also get an assignment for theses or ideas and help for other smaller course assignments, which can very well enhance learning and improve study motivation.

Gaining work experience already during your studies is often useful, especially when looking for a new job. Previous work experience is a great competitive advantage at the job market even after graduation. In addition, work makes it easy to meet new people, create networks and thus get a foot in the door for a future career. Part-time work alongside studies can turn into a permanent job after graduation, and it can serve as a good start for career development within the organization.

Work experience in your field of study can be gained, for example, through various internships. Depending on the field, the internship can be included in the study program or it can be an optional addition to the degree. However, there can already be heated competition among applicants for many trainee programs, so getting an interesting internship or summer job may be challenging in some cases. In this case, any previous work experience can be the factor that separates you from other applicants.

Even if the work does not directly correspond to your own field of study, you will learn important working life skills. For example, teamwork, organization, self-management, initiative and the ability to work under pressure are skills that are often considered an asset in recruitment. Work outside your own field of study can also act as a refreshing counterbalance to studying.

Coordinating studies, work and free time can be challenging

Although working alongside studies is beneficial in many ways and in some cases necessary, balancing work, school and free time can create many challenges. If there is too much work, studies may suffer, be delayed or, at worst, interrupted altogether. If there is not enough time for rest and recovery, the risk of burnout is high. You don’t want to start a long working career already exhausted. Besides, study time is much more than just grinding hard, so it’s important to remember to enjoy it too!

Tips for combining study and work:

  1. Plan your time allocation so that you know when there is time for work, study and recovery
  2. Define your own limits so that your resources are sufficient for both studying and working
  3. Make it clear to the employer when you are free to work and when you are not
  4. Choose the best study techniques for yourself and use the time reserved for studying efficiently
  5. Don’t worry too much and remember to enjoy your study time!

Tuudo will once again organize a completely digital recruitment fair on January 16-22, 2023, where students can get to know interesting employers and job opportunities. Read more and participate!