Is it a good idea to earn some funds before starting university or is it more reasonable to work part time while in university
Hi! Thanks for the question!
In my experience, I worked after SPM, while waiting for my SPM results. I worked as a sales agent to market ad spaces and tutored kids for their UPSR. I also helped to develop websites for a couple of businesses. It was not that much, but I was able to gather RM10k in 8 months.
My first job after SPM, selling ads in https://www.mudah.my/
Then I continued studying for my pre-uni under a scholarship.
There is no right or wrong answer here. It depends on how much money you would need for your education.
Typically, a degree breaks the installment into 4 months for a long semester. Lets say the cost of your degree is RM15K, and you have no scholarship at all, every month, you would need to cope RM3750, it will be tough for part-time jobs to sum up to this amount unless you have a special skill like videography, design and are able to take tons of projects.
If you have some financial aid, then try to measure, how much do you need to have by the end of each month. I would say, as a student, you can work around 15 hours a week with a part-time job that pays RM8 per hour.