Can You Work While Studying?

Anna Chiappini
Anna Chiappini
Anna Chiappini is an Italian MBA student at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Somehow she's balancing her studies, a job AND a social life!

Hi everyone,

My friend Zie has been one of the first students I’ve met at Flinders University. We have often advised each other on academic topics. During her last semester, she suggested me to take a placement experience at Flinders International Office. I decided to apply for it immediately!

Et voil√†, this is my sixth month of placement. I’m working with the communications team, which is comprised of Kate Silkstone and Marcella Smyth.

Working for the Flinders University communications team

Working here has been an intense and formative experience. I had the possibility to work in my field but in a different country, sector and type of institution (public rather than private).

The project that I liked the most was organising a focus group with 8 international students in order to understand how they perceive and use the Flinders website whilst deciding to study abroad.

Having a marketing background, I really enjoyed both the creative and analytical components of this project; I enjoyed working with other international students and making a valuable contribution to the office’s website using my insights as an international student myself.

Working while studying

I also had other part-time jobs, since international students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week, per semester.

Being financially independent and experiencing Australia’s thriving and merit-based working system has been very important for me.

It somehow softened the hardships that I’m going through due to the economic recession in my country. It gave me new energy and hope in order to start my next job-search in Europe with a great attitude!!!

Furthermore, I have to say that working and studying has been challenging, but strongly rewarding!

It gave me the chance to hone my English skills and to get familiar with all the essential work abroad bureaucracy: job contracts, TFN and ABN, payrolls system, tax office declarations and so on.

As for my next move, I will be going abroad again. This time I’m heading to Warsaw (Poland), where I will initially work in an English-speaking environment, so everything that I’ve learnt here will definitely come in handy.

I wish everybody the best of luck during your studying and working experiences, in Australia and back in your country.

Take care, everybody!!!