Blog editor’s introduction: Ng Jia Wen is a full-time ACCA student based in Malaysia. This week we asked her to share tips with fellow students about making the most of time after receiving exam results and starting the new semester. Her main answer is about working part-time whilst she is embarking on her final semester. So in this article she explains the benefits of taking on a job in-between studying – aside from earning the extra bit of money of course!
by ACCA student blogger Ng Jia Wen
- Stay busy; avoid procrastination
Time is tide and waits for no man. Rather than sitting at home and do nothing productive all day, go out and do something meaningful with the time you have, while you are still young and able. For me, having a part-time job while studying requires me to cut back on leisure time, and reduces the likelihood that I will postpone doing important and urgent matters to another day, simply because I will be working another day!
- Gain transferable skills
As most of you who are working in full or part-time jobs, you will definitely say that working is nothing like how textbooks describe, whether it is a job relating to accounting or otherwise. Working puts you in situations that you have never encountered while studying, and helps you grow your emotional intelligence.This experience will also help you gain many transferable skills that will show employers you have communication and team working abilities. All of which can enable you to get a relevant accounting or finance-related role in the future, so you can achieve your Practical Experience Requirement (PER) in order to become an ACCA member.
- Keep active, mentally
Ever wondered why does holding a pen feels funny or experience the dazzling confusion on the first day you get back to class? Brain function deteriorates over time while it is inactive, so a part-time job helps keep the noggin at work so I’m more prepared when I get back to class when the holidays end.
That is all from me for now. Still sitting at your computer desk? Why not go out and do something meaningful?
Until the next time, study smart and take care of your health!
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