Studying and living in British Columbia as an international student can be quite costly sometimes.
But before looking for part-time work, it’s important to remember that an education is the best investment for your future. During my first year, I prioritized my studies and tried focusing on adapting to a new environment and overcoming a language barrier.
Fortunately, BC is a place of various opportunities. Once your confident in managing your studies, you can find a part-time job in almost any industry to get some experience. The best way to do it is to listen to yourself and identify at what you’re good at. Following this strategy, I got a position as Student Life Ambassador at BCIT, which has helped me get more involved in the social aspects of school and make new friends.
One of the options for part-time jobs for international students is finding a job on campus. It saves some time on transportation and provides a more flexible schedule where you can do your assignments during breaks. On-campus working hours are also not included in the overall limit of weekly work hours for international students.
One thing that helps in time management and succeeding at a part-time job is setting priorities. Sometimes international students might feel overwhelmed by both work and school. In such moments it’s crucial to ask yourself which tasks have a closer deadline, and which are more important for your future.
Juggling school and work can be a challenge sometimes. But if you remember what brought you here, and the goals you’re trying to achieve, you can do anything. The important thing to remember is to give yourself some rest along the way.