Author Aisling ‘Brains, like hearts go where they are appreciated.’

I read this quote and applied it to me; I am a law student, I have a brain, I have a heart, so where will I be appreciated?

I know that the law appreciates my passion for the subject as well as my brain, but I need to support myself financially while I study and finding a flexible job that ticks these boxes isn’t so easy. I am not sure I could thrive academically working late nights in a bar, waitressing or stacking supermarket shelves.

However, like all good lawyers, I did find the answer – the family I nanny for on a part-time basis whilst studying. I look after a fun loving, creative and busy family located south of the river. Harrison is the eldest, currently in Year Two with a passion for Lego and Ryan is a spritely four-year-old into everything active and outdoorsy. I look after them every Friday from school pick up time until late into the evening so their parents can enjoy an evening together. Their parents work together and have found success operating a graphic design company specialising in window frontier design for prestige/luxury companies. It is lovely to feel part of a family whilst I miss the company of mine back home in the South-West.

I signed up to be a Student Nanny via www.studentnannies.com when I was relocating area from Bournemouth to London and needed the security of earning money (especially in London). Fantastically, this site located me with a family within days. The concept is for parents to advertise based on their locality, days/time requirements and extent of liabilities. This is perfect as although income is important during studies (I earn £10 an hour), the hours need to work around university timetables, you cannot be overstretched compromising reading hours or social events and naturally, work is convenient when close to home.

So how can a non-legal job help with a legal degree?

My first year of the degree has taught me that Law is, and will always be, time consuming. To find balance […]

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