Trying to balance school and work is a stressful thing. For most non-traditional students, it’s a common problem. You are already working to support yourself or your family, and you decide to go back to school. This is a big deal! That’s why we want to help make it as easy as possible for you. Use these tips to help you succeed in both areas.
Manage your time.
It is important to keep a calendar to write your schedule in. Devote time to your studies and time to your work, making sure they don’t overlap. By having a plan, you know when to focus on school and when you have to be at work. That way, you can devote your free time to being with your family or taking some time to relax by yourself.
Talk with your employer.
It is important to let your employer know that you are a student and what your class schedule looks like. More than likely, your boss will be flexible and understand the importance of your studies. Be sure to let your boss know in advance if there is a conflict with your school schedule and work schedule. If you let them know ahead of time, they will be more likely to accommodate the changes in your schedule.
Ask for help.
Let the people you care about know that you are working while also taking classes. They will be happy to help you out when you need it. It is important to have support while trying to accomplish your educational goals and also working a job. It can be overwhelming at times, and your friends and family can help you handle the stress that comes with it.
Make time for things you enjoy.
Although your schedule is time demanding with school and work, it is important to take some time for yourself. Doing something you enjoy that can help you relax and recharge. Spend some quality time with your friends and family to take a break from your hectic school and work schedule. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!
If you are both working and going back to school, kudos to you. It’s all about planning and doing the best you can - and sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Use these helpful tips for balancing yourself between the demands of school and work!