Wellbeing and employment

Wellbeing is a term that is used to describe an individual or a group of people’s general condition.  This is usually characterised by their health, happiness and their prosperity.

Employment is being paid to work by an employer



Can describe a person’s mental or physical state, this can vary from day to day for some people


Useful resources

  • Wellbeing Glasgow provides downloadable self-help material, or you can attend one of their wellbeing courses
  • Mind the Wellbeing Charity


Tips for wellbeing

  • Connect with other people, plan to meet a friend, send someone a text or an email, phone a friend or family member.  Having contact with another person is good way to promote your own wellbeing.
  • Be Active, go for a walk near you, use your local leisure facilities or the university gym.  Exercise is associated with lower forms of depression and anxiety.
  • Take Notice not just of yourself but other people.  Sometimes we are too busy thinking ahead that we do not enjoy the present.
  • Use your food to boost your mood, eating healthy food can improve your mood and you’ll feel more satisfied.
  • Get involved, volunteer in your area or help someone with a project



While at university some students will have to find work to supplement their student loan as this may be the first time they oversee their own finances or if they are a mature student they may have a family to support.  It is not advisable to take a full-time job working more than 35 hours a week as this could impact your studies.  Working 10 to 20 hours around the hours you attend university would be advisable. 


Useful resources

  • Citizens Advice in Scotland
  • Target Jobs Students Rights
  • SRC
  • The Professional Skills Programmed (PSP) offered within the College of Social Sciences includes training and information on professional skills. This is a really valuable course that runs several times a year and can be found here


Tips for being employed and a student

  • Find a job that does not interfere with hours you are supposed to be in university i.e. evenings and weekends
  • Inform your employer of any deadlines or exams dates as soon as you learn them to ensure they give you it off
  • Organise your study time around your hours at university and working hours
  • Try to make some free time for yourself so your not overdoing it