Studies and jobs: how do you juggle?

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Studies and jobs: how do you juggle?

Wether you need to pay your rent or want to buy a tablet, earning a bit of money to pay your own bills is a very good idea. But before you get a job, here are some things to think about.

Young people at work

Did you know that 8 out of 10 students work to pay their bills or their leisure. Some of them work during the holidays, others regularly throughout the year or on an occasional basis. What do they earn? A student who works regularly throughout the year earns on average 329 euros per month, while the occasional worker earns around 200 euros per month. If you work during your holidays, you are likely to earn on average 1,082 euros per month. If you don't have summer exams you could even work throughout July and relax in the sun in August.

In which sectors?

What came first on the list of the top 5 student jobs? Babysitting attracts 34% of the students. It is followed by catering (23%), work in the house and garden (22%), shop work (21%) and administrative roles (11%) in that order.

Finding a job

Have you found what kind of student job you would like to do? Now you just need to land a job, which you will do by searching high and low. Temporary employment agencies, Actiris, Forem, VDAB, social networks, internet portals and other business sites like are the top destinations. But it is better to plan ahead.

What are the financial consequences for your parents?

Be careful about your income: if you exceed a certain threshold, your parents will have to pay higher taxes. What about family allowances? In order to keep receiving them, you must avoid working too many hours per term. If you work during your studies you pay much less in social security contributions than other workers. However, this only remains the case if you do not exceed the quota of working days.

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