Many people believe that the life of a student in the UK is easy and unclouded. The statement is very controversial even if the question concerns a citizen of the United Kingdom, and when the conversation is about a foreigner, it's time to talk about some restoration of serfdom.
Of course, you can not call the position of a visiting student in England powerless, but not when he wants to earn some money. Formally, this is still permissible, but in practice those wishing to improve their financial situation face considerable difficulties, so for many, the topic is very topical and relevant. Let's look at it in more detail.
Duralex, sedlex: we study the legal side of the question
As already mentioned, there is no formal ban on combining work and study for foreign students. In fact, this is due to considerable restrictions, and there is no reason to speak about any discrimination on the basis of nationality. So, foreign students have no right ...
1. Work during classes more than 20 hours a week. In practice, this will result in 3-4 hours a day, while it should be borne in mind that the British are very law-abiding, because it is unlikely to "agree" with the future employer.
2. Open own business or engage in trade as a private entrepreneur.
3. Begin to build your career or sign any employment contracts that involve employment for a full working day.
A small comment for those who will try to "agree" on old memory. Understand that the mentality of the British is very different from ours, therefore, it is not worthwhile to "give a paw" to an immigration official, as well as to put pressure on a feeling of pity: you very quickly fly out of the country (both in the literal and figurative sense of the word).
What should a student do in England?
Do not think that a student can put together a fortune in the UK. This myth is based solely on an absolute comparison with what one can earn by studying in one of the domestic universities. If we compare prices "there" and "here", student income, oddly enough, will be approximately the same. If we talk about the practical side of the question, there are not so many options.
1. Part-time job (simply, part-time)
Finding such a job is not easy, although it is quite realistic. At the same time, it is not worth counting on high pay, because English employers consider money as good as domestic ones. But if you succeed, this may well be the first step in adulthood. In addition, you will gain considerable experience, which in many cases will become even more valuable reward than a certain number of banknotes.
2. Internship (internship)
A wonderful opportunity not only to gain invaluable practical experience in your specialty, but also to improve your financial situation (although quite often "interns" work for free). The undoubted advantage of this method is that you are always under the care of a mentor. And the potential probability of getting a permanent job afterwards is expensive.
3. Graduate schemes (working programs for young professionals)
Their standard duration is from one year to two years. You are guaranteed full-time employment (most importantly, on quite legitimate grounds), decent wages and quite obvious prospects. To be among the participants is a great success, while optimists should keep in mind that this happens infrequently enough. But if you are "lucky", this may well be the beginning of a career.
Is it worth the "game of candles"?
It is difficult to answer this question unequivocally. On the one hand, with admission to any British university , you must submit documents that can confirm your financial solvency and ability to pay for the entire course of study (most often even for those students who claim a scholarship). Accordingly, a small (relatively, of course) financial support will not matter.
On the other hand, if you intend to pay for studies on your own (or at least provide for the inevitable "overhead"), the answer to the question posed can only be positive.
Therefore, in each specific case, all the advantages and disadvantages of combining work and study will have to be taken into account, and everyone will make the final decision for himself.
1. Arguments for". You will be able to:
- It is faster to feel the rhythm of adulthood, because the theory that teachers are sure to give you is not the same as practice;
- determine the future specialty;
- to gain invaluable experience and raise own qualification;
- indicate in the summary that you have practical experience;
- to receive greater independence from parents (in fact a part of the expenses connected with study, you will pay independently).
2. Arguments "against":
- finding a decent job in the UK for a foreign student is not an easy task;
- wages (taking into account your qualifications) may be much less than expected, which often makes the work-off virtually meaningless;
- "hacking" in England is not accepted, therefore, study will take almost all of your free time, and you may well face a dilemma: high scores or a stable income; And we are not very sure that the choice of the second option is justified;
- probably you will have to forget about the holidays;
- a serious risk of violation of the labor code (which, by the way, changes quite often). And joking with the law in England, believe me, it's not accepted.
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