“I’m just not happy with my job.” “I need this degree to get that promotion.” “I want to make a career out of this.” If these thoughts have ever come across your mind, you’re not alone. Going back to school is a big decision, but it can give you a lot of opportunities to further your career. If you’re concerned about how to balance working while going to school, fear not. Follow these four strategies and you’ll be able to manage it easily.
1. Take Online or Evening Classes
If you’re working full-time during the day, daytime classes may not be for you. Consider, then, online or evening classes. Online classes work well when your schedule can be unpredictable. These classes can also be more affordable, convenient, and flexible than traditional daytime classes. Evening classes give you the opportunity to learn (at night) while you earn (during the day). CCE at Assumption offers plenty of online and evening classes. Some of our programs can even be completed entirely online.
2. Take One or Two Classes at a Time
Don’t overload your schedule – only take the number of classes you can handle, even if that means taking them one or two at a time. Even if you’d like to take on more classes, you’re still making progress toward your degree. Trust us, it certainly won’t benefit you if you enroll in too many classes and don’t have time for them.
3. Explore Your Company’s Education Policies
If you’re wondering how to pay for your education in addition to all of your other expenses, try asking your employer what their tuition reimbursement policy is. These reimbursements vary from company to company, occasionally covering the full cost of your education, and occasionally not covering any of your expenses.
4. Manage Your Time Wisely
Staying organized will guide you toward success. One way to do this is by making schedules. You’ll be able to map out your days and track your time. Write down class meeting times, set time aside for homework, and write down due dates. It might sound silly but set time aside for sleep, too. No sleep will result in less productivity for both work and class. Once you have everything planned out, you’ll be able to find pockets of free time. No stress, just relaxation. This will make balancing work and school less overwhelming.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was anyone’s college degree. By following these tips, we’re sure that you’ll successfully manage your career while earning your degree.