Now that you’ve got a job…
Congratulations, you’ve got a job! So, how do you make sure that you keep on top of things and don’t let either work or uni be effected by your extra work load?
With the added hours of work a week on top of your uni commitments, your schedule might start to look a little cramped. Effective time management skills will help you ensure that you are still getting enough study done without being too stressed out about work.
One way you might do this is by having a schedule that you can allocate certain hours to work or uni/studying so that you have a visual reference showing how you are going to manage your time. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre has templates of planners that you can download from their website (http://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-development/new-at-anu/time-management).
If you find that your work is affecting your studies, you may need to take a step back from the situation and look at the bigger picture. Is your part-time/casual job just a source of income while you’re studying? Is it worth working so many hours while your grades suffer?
It’s not uncommon to be tempted with extra income by working instead of knuckling down and studying. However, it is important to note that failing a course or a semester at university can cause a lot of headache in the long term when trying to schedule your courses for the duration of your degree. If you’re an international student, there is an added risk of breaching your student visa conditions if you’re failing a few courses.
What are your rights at work?
So what exactly are you entitled to as a paid employee? It’s always useful to have an understanding of what your rights and obligations are at work.
Fair Work Ombudsman
The Fair Work Ombudsman website has information regarding your workplace rights and obligations if you believe that you are being treated unfairly by your employer. You can also find out information on minimum wage and penalty rates. The website has a plethora of information and tools that can assist you and you can also reach out to them to help resolve any workplace issues. Their service is free and available on www.fairwork.gov.au.
Harrassment/bullying at work
According to the ACT Government website, bullying in the workplace is repeated behaviour that is offensive, humiliating, degrading or threatening. If you feel like you and/or others are being harassed or bullied at work by an individual or group, you can refer to the Worksafe ACT website for information on what you can do (https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/3160).
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
An EAP is a work-based intervention program that is designed to assist employees and immediate family members if there are concerns about their mental health and wellbeing. This service is run by trained practitioners and is a fully confidential service. If you have concerns about the wellbeing of yourself or an immediate family member, find out if your employer has an EAP in place.
Superannuation is basically your self-funded retirement fund. By law, your employer has to deposit the equivalent of 9.5% of your salary into your superannuation fund. As long as you’re living in Australia and you’re not suffering from financial hardship, you cannot withdraw money from your super before you retire.
ANUSA legal service
At ANUSA, we have two fully-qualified lawyers who are able to assist you with selected legal matters you may face, including issues regarding your employment. To book an appointment with them, contact ANUSA.
Do you want to have a chat with someone? Our team at ANUSA is willing to help out whenever we can. We also have fully qualified lawyers that can help if you have certain legal issues that arise with your employer. Pop in at any time to see our Student Assistance Officers or organise an appointment by calling (02) 6125 2444 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.