Are you a professional considering a return to education? Are you a student thinking about taking up a job? In either case, the first question you need to ask yourself is “do I have the time management skills to balance the demands of working life and school?”
Combining work and study is becoming the new norm these days with as many as 78% of undergraduate students having jobs on the side. What’s more, a further 25% of full-time students hold down full-time jobs.
Combining work and study is no easy feat. In order to succeed, you will need to have a strong grasp of multi-tasking, time management and organisational skills. In addition to balancing your work and school life, you will also need to be able to carve out quality personal time. Striking the work-school-life balance can be very challenging so it is important to take time to reflect on several key considerations before making any decisions.
Firstly, you will need to identify the challenges you will face in combining work and study. As mentioned previously, taking up extra commitments means that you will have less personal time for yourself and your family. With less time for winding down, you may become more stressed and have less energy in general. Working commitments may also mean that you will not be able to fully involve yourself in college life. There is also an economic aspect as with extra income coming in you may lose any financial aid you are receiving for your studies.
Now having realistically assessed the potential challenges, consider how you may benefit from combining work and study. Firstly, being employed means that you will have no problem paying tuition fees. What’s more, upon finishing your course you will have the security of already having a job in place. Combining work and study also has wonderful implications for your personal growth, allowing you to develop highly useful organisational skills that will be sure to stand to you in the future. Furthermore, by choosing to remain in employment during your schooling you will not be missing out on years of precious experience and this will make you stand out from other candidates when job hunting.
This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through how to manage this situation as best you can. It looks at how both students and working professionals can manage their workload.
Read the infographic below for practical tips and guidance on how to achieve a balance between your work life and your student life.