'Part-time jobs help gain experience and earn a little extra'

Dubai - With the introduction of VAT in the UAE, education costs have skyrocketed

By Dhanusha Gokulan

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Published: Tue 1 May 2018, 10:58 PM

Last updated: Wed 2 May 2018, 1:00 AM

Part-time jobs and paid internships are great ways to stay financially-sound while students are in college. University education in the UAE is highly priced, according to students, and with the introduction of VAT, costs have skyrocketed.
Pakistani national Sameh Zafar from Murdoch University who recently graduated from college said: "I've never worked part-time jobs, but I've worked as a paid intern at a couple of companies, including the Department for Economic Development. The internship helped me get a lot more organised and efficient with time."
"Once you get into college, you can't excessively depend on them because they are already spending so much on fees. However, internships and part-time jobs pay good pocket money, and you can spend it on entertainment or save up to buy new gadgets like a phone or a laptop."
Indian national Varun Sadhnani, another student of Murdoch University said: "I've had three internships and part-time jobs. It gave me an insight into the real world, and it's a great way to earn some extra cash. Students get paid anything between Dh2,000 to Dh3,000 per month." He added: "You can't pay your fees with that amount, but you gain experience."
Another student Anand Rajeev from Manipal University said: "I've worked one paid internship and two unpaid. More than the money, students usually take this up for experience into the corporate world. It is impossible to pay off college fees with your internships money. Most students work for some pocket money."

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