I Can't Pay My Child's Living Costs
Working part-time is part of the university culture
You don't really have to financially support your child during his / her studies. Taking responsibility for his own expenses will help your child develop new skills and become more independent. Moreover, it will increase his / her chances of finding a job soon after graduation.
Working during studies is part of the university culture in the UK and most students choose to work part-time, regardless of their families' financial background.
If you're worried that your child will not have enough time for his / her studies, it helps to know that students in the UK spend an average of 2 hours and a half per day in classes. This gives them plenty of time for a part-time job.
It's advisable to encourage your child to get a part-time job for several reasons, such as:
- Earning extra money for accommodation, food, hobbies and travelling. This will make him / her feel more empowered and independent.
- Valuable work experience. Graduating with 2-3 years of work experience will boost your child’s CV and increase the chances of finding a full-time job after graduation.
- Responsibility. Your child will become more responsible with his / her money and time. Balancing a work-study schedule will help him / her spend time wisely, rather than partying until late every week.
- Networking. A part-time job will help your child meet new people and make connections. As most jobs in the UK involve interacting with international people, this will prepare your child for working in a multinational environment.