Working while studying
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 travelling hahaha).
Maybe it is important to clarify though that I have a European passport so I could apply for jobs as an EU student. However, if you are a foreign student (non–EU/EEA), you need a work permit to work alongside your studies. In this case, you can work either full-time during the summer months (June, July and August) or part-time work for a maximum of 10 hours a week. Your employer needs to apply for a work permit for you at the UWV WERKbedrij and it might take about five weeks before a decision is made.
You would also need to have a Dutch Basic Health Insurance which is a bit more expensive than the private insurance that is usually sufficient for studying in the Netherlands.
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 work 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, 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!