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How to Balance School and a Full Time Job

How to Balance School and a Full Time Job

Steve Berman | MonsterCollege

May 24, 2010

The alarm goes off at 5:30 am, and you could swear you went to sleep five minutes ago. First a quick shower, followed by the finishing touches on that homework assignment due tonight over coffee and breakfast — if there’s time.

Then it’s off to work, a solid eight-plus hours of time where you’re busy with reports, meetings and other assorted tasks. At the end of your workday, your coworkers are heading home to their families or to the local watering hole for a cold one. You, on the other hand, are heading to class.

Going back to school can be one of the most challenging undertakings of your life. Continuing education is different than going to school back in your youth because now you have to fit schooling around a full adult life with responsibilities like a mortgage, bills, and children. But it can be done.

Follow this advice to reach your educational goals while keeping some semblance of your sanity.

Set Your Expectations

You know going to school at the same time you’re working 40 (or more) hours per week is going to be tough. Now it’s time to get real about how tough it’s going to be. If you expect to get eight hours of sleep and three leisurely meals a day, you’re going to be very disappointed. Don’t be surprised if you have to pull some late nights studying. ou can’t skip out on your work responsibilities even if you’re completely drained when that alarm clock wakes you up out of a deep slumber.

The best solution is to create a written log of how you expect to spend your time before you start your schooling. Be honest! Listing all the responsibilities in your life that you can’t afford to neglect will alert you to how much spare time you really have. This will help you figure out if combining the two is feasible and you’ll probably be more likely to avoid every student’s worst enemy: procrastination.

Know Your Goals

Don’t go back to school because you’re bored or hope you’ll be inspired to some greater heights than you can imagine right now. If you don’t have a tangible reason to learn new skills or pursue a degree, you’ll be far less likely to succeed.

Remember, school can be costly in terms of money and time. Make sure it’s worth your while. Only learn new skills for your current job if it will make you a markedly better employee, and preferably, put you in line for a promotion or raise. If you are going for a degree, have a clear plan as to how that degree is going to help your career aspirations.

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    kerryjean

    about 3 years ago

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    I earned an associates Degree while working full time with a husband and two children.I obtained a job in the field through my internship, took one year off school and am now determined to obtain my bachelors then masters to further my career not only financially, but to continue to make a difference in my field. It is challenging to say the least, but for me the benefits have always outweigh the sacrifices. My husband and children have been supportive and a major reason for my success.At the end of the day it has been, and will continue to be worth it. Note: this posting is at the beginning of the quarter not at mid- terms or finals(ha ha)!!!

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    phoke

    about 4 years ago

    10 comments

    This was my life for so many years. Occasionally, I'd take a break from school, but never from work. I would even go as far as using work vacation time to meet the grueling mid-term and finals studying and testing. I've been out of work for two years and I just don't know if I could do this again (once I find work). I can't live with out school or I'll go crazy.

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    SoMe2010

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I work part-time but the school I'm going to attend requires you not to work more than 20 hours a week. Problem is I live alone and can't afford to live off of 20 hours a week. This is going to be like undergrad all over again.

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    MrSirGuardian82

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am Currently in the process of getting into college for automotive. I have a part-time job that is an at will employment type. Therefore trying to balance out an always changing schedule and whatever schedule i receive from college has me concerned about what i should do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    francel

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I plan on doing that, but I'm not sure yet if it's going to work because both school and work are a bit far from my home.

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    willmerrill

    over 4 years ago

    30 comments

    I worked full time and was a full time student for all four years of my schooling. It was tough, but I made it through. Its all about making sacrifices and prioritizing but it is possible to accomplish. Good submission