Working while studying

By: Arianna · 19 January 2020
Category: Student life

Studying and working is possible, but the beginnings are always difficult. I wanted to find a job in Wageningen combining my studies with work. Due to my expenses and others, I wanted to have my own salary so I can save some money for the rainy days (and also for traveling hahaha).



Just landed

When I was about to start my Master’s I was thinking of working while studying since I would like to save money so when I graduate is not all debts.

However, as soon as I arrive in WUR and I saw my schedule I realized that for me the mission will be impossible to achieve. Classes from 8:20 to 17:30 every day will only allow me a job as an “online freelancer”, where I can choose my schedule, or working in a bar or something similar during night shifts.

Applying for a job

Neither of those options caught my attention and also didn’t make any effort to find something better. In the last week of Period 2, when I was stressed about the exams I find an announcement on MyPortal where they were looking for Students Assistants to help to produce MOOCs (of the university) at Edx.

I applied, I did an interview, and got selected.

I got the job!!!

Now, I’m working around 10-15 hours a week. The best thing is that I can work from home. Moreover, my schedule is not strictly fixed, so every week I can choose how many hours I could work depending on how busy I’m with university and other projects.


Advice & Struggles

I’m not gonna lie, it’s been difficult to adapt to have a very busy schedule. Mostly, due to this current period, which is only 4 weeks long. Everything is happening so fast! However, I truly believe that the more free time you have, the more you manage to waste it and “do nothing”. But this is my second week working, the second week of period 4 and the third week of the YEAR. So, hopefully, by the end of this month, I will have everything under control.


The best thing is..

The best thing is that I enjoy working, and I even have a working space in Atlas if I want to work from Uni! The building itself is so beautiful and just going there makes me happy. I usually work from there during lunchtime because I have 2 hours free, and I use them to eat and work so when I get home I’m free from work. That way my routine doesn’t feel that intense and full of responsibilities.

Another pro,  I’m learning a few of everything since I have to surf over the material of the different MOOCs.

I’ve always loved doing online courses and now it’s so cool to be on the other side of the screen helping to prepare them!

Wageningen University and Research Centre, Atlas Building – Courtesy of Vinoly

Wageningen University and Research Centre, Atlas Building – Courtesy of Vinoly.



There are 7 comments.

  1. By: phil · 05-04-2020 at 03:23

    Hi , I am a european incoming BSc student in Food Technology, and I wanted to get a grant or the basic loan in order to support my studies , but I saw that I have to work at least 56hrs per month to get it. Is it possible to work like in a supermarket/cafe part-time?

    1. By: Ester · 06-04-2020 at 10:25

      Dear Phil,

      thank you for your feedback. If you would like to find a side-job, it will be easier since you are an international student with EU nationality. I recommend you to visit this link.

      If you have any more questions, please feel welcome to reach me out back as I would be more than happy to assist.

      Kind regards,

  2. By: Emmanuela · 09-04-2020 at 19:34

    Hi. I am a Non-EU incoming MSc student. Will it be possible to work alongside studying to help foot my bills?

    1. By: Ester · 16-04-2020 at 10:49

      Dear Emmanuela,

      As a foreign student non-EU, along your studies in the Netherlands, you are only allowed to work 10 hour/week or do seasonal work (summer). In addition, you need to obtain a work permit for which strict conditions have to be fulfilled. Is not easy, but is not impossible either.

      I advice you to take a look to the Dutch Immigration and naturalisation service, which you can access through this link

      Thank you so much for your question. For further help, please feel to reach me back out as I would be more than happy to assist.

      Kind regards,

  3. By: Emmanuela · 17-04-2020 at 02:47

    Thank you very much for your response.

  4. By: Robert · 27-08-2020 at 12:08

    what kind of side jobs are available for non Europeans willing to work alongside studies

    1. By: gomez033 · 28-09-2020 at 16:59

      Dear Robert,

      Thank you for contacting us. I will send you a private email with some useful information.

      Kind regards,

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