The balancing act
Working part time while at medical school: a good idea?
- By: Neil Chanchlani, Deepak Selvakumar
Medical students are not strangers to 40 hour working weeks through their five to six years of medical school. Besides spending time in lectures and placements, they often have to revise out of hours and keep up with sports clubs, voluntary work, and optional academic commitments. Balancing these with personal downtime and a social life is difficult, and time management is a key quality that interviewers look for in prospective medical students. On top of this, however, some medics juggle a part time job during medical school.
Whether by choice or necessity, many students find themselves working while at university. One study estimated that about 55% of students in full time education work and 40% of those students worked more than 20 hours weekly.1 Almost half of students surveyed said that working part time had a negative impact on their studies, and 30% said that work was the main reason