Do you have a full-time job and you desire to go to college? The following tips can help you balance working full-time and schooling
1. Build a support system
Have a strong support system both professionally and personally. That support system can make or break you. Whether it’s your manager, mentor or a family member, make sure those around you are on board with your decision to go to college – you can’t do it alone!
2. Find a flexible job
Try to find a job that is flexible with your school schedule. An understanding employer can help you become successful at work and at schooL.
3. Schedule time off of work ASAP
Chen recommends scheduling time off of work as soon as you get the syllabus on the first day. Taking time off during high-stress times like midterms and finals will help you focus on school when it matters most.
4. Time management is everything
The key to balancing classes, studying, work and your relationships is managing your time intentionally.
5. Make your manager aware
Make sure your manager knows you are going to school and knows you have increased work capacity because of that. Bringing your boss into the conversation early on may even result in recognition or a promotion after graduation.
7. Take time to breathe
Proactively plan down time as often as you can to do something meaningful to recharge your batteries. you can decide to go with close friend, go and see a movie
8. Have clear objectives
Establish realistic career goals, plans and expectations for what you’ll achieve after you graduate. Don’t just go [to college] to pick up more certificates to hang on the wall.
9. Bring school to work & work to school
Wherever possible, use work examples of projects for your coursework and implement school projects in your work, Hammond says. He recalls one of his students earning a promotion after a school project was utilized by their local recreation department.
10. Consider online courses
Depending on your job, you may be able to do homework at your work computer during your lunch break. The flexibility of online courses eliminates the stress of scheduling conflicts between work and classes.
11. Love your learning
If you’re truly passionate about your education and the career for which it’s preparing you, suddenly it stops feeling like work. Don’t just think of it as doing assignments and clocking in hours; think of it as enriching your mind and advancing your career. You have been given an opportunity that few people in this world have: a college education. Don’t just take a class, fulfill a dream. Love what you are doing.
Find the balance
Now you know that working full time and going to college is manageable. It may not be easy, but our experts agree that it’s worth it!