Part-time work during PG studies

I am a student in my 2nd year of Post graduate training. I am the eldest of 3 siblings who are all studying. My father is the bread winner in the family and has been diagnosed to have a chronic illness which needs expensive chemotherapy. To support his treatment the family is looking to me for raising money. I am therefore now working part-time in another hospital and earning money to support his treatment. As per rules this is not permitted but the Head of my department, understanding my plight has ‘unofficially’ allowed me to leave the department to work and earn the extra money.

As a Christian is this OK? If not, please suggest some options that may help me to tide over the problem and at the same time not compromising Biblical principles. 

Dr T .C., Tamilnadu


First of all let me mention that it is most important for you to care for your father. For that, you need financial resources. To the question whether it is right to work part time during the course, to earn some money to provide the treatment for your father, 2 factors have to be taken into account:

  1. Is it against the rules of the PG course in your institution to do part time work?
  2. Will that affect your training/learning as a PG student? 

Are there other avenues which can be explored to get the additional finance needed for the treatment? e.g. charitable organisations 

I do not have an easy answer to the problem. Your father's treatment, as I said is of utmost importance. If rules permit there is no problem. If working is against rules of your PG program, then we are in a dilemma. 

At times like this, it is good to share this personally with some senior Christian friend/mentor and seek help through discussion and prayer. I feel bad that I am unable to give a clear cut answer as I am not sure of some aspects viz. the rules related to PG course etc. However I want to say that I am happy to be personally involved with you as you have this difficult decision to make.

I also want to appreciate your sensitivity and desire to what is right before God. May the Lord Jesus bless and guide you further.