Having a full-time job while studying part-time can be challenging – but it’s not unachievable. If you are simultaneously an employee and a student, you can give yourself a big pat on the back – you’ve got this!
They say work hard and play hard. But you have to find the right balance. With good planning and dedication, you can absolutely excel at work and in your studies. These tips may come in handy…
How to conquer work and studies
1. Inform your boss
Many companies allow study leave. Speak to the HR department of your employer about this incentive and make sure that you understand the details. Depending on your circumstances and the company’s contribution (both in financial terms and time off prior to your examinations) you may be required to agree to a certain term of employment, or to pay back the fees if you are unable to serve out the agreed term.
2. Set aside the time
Ring fence certain hours every day of the week during which you can “switch off” from work and give your books your undivided attention. If you are working a full-time job, you will need to choose the best time of the day to focus on your studies – whether that is before work starts or in the evenings. And weekends should become precious islands of time for studies. By setting and keeping to personal goals, you will relieve the pressure and curb anxiety.
3. Create a timetable
Your timetable should include a weekly plan based on the topics that need to be covered for your upcoming exams. This will help you set and achieve your daily or weekly study goals. Remember to keep your professional and life goals in mind also. For example, don’t set time for studying when you have an after-work function to attend. Place the timetable on the fridge where everyone in the house can see it so that they know not to make plans for you during your study periods or disturb you when you are hard at work.
4. Choose a university that is flexible
Some universities may require you to attend lectures during the week and some do not. Choose one that will not interfere with a demanding job. If you work irregular and long hours, rather choose to study at a university that does not require you to attend classes after work.
5. Arrive relaxed and early
Lastly, make sure you arrive relaxed and early for all your exams. The last thing you need is a setback on the road – especially if you are traveling to the exam venue in your own car. This is a very good time to ensure that you have car insurance from a reputable company so that if you need roadside assistance for any reason, you will not be left in the dark and will still be able to get to your exam in time. Apply for an online insurance quote right now for affordable insurance.
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