It seems like more non-traditional students decide to head back to college, even after they have been in the workforce for years. Not only do they have to deal with the much younger students, many need to continue to work to support themselves and their family. It can be hard to balance work and college, though it is possible if you are dedicated enough.
Here are some more tips to go back to college while working a full-time job.
- When you first get started, come up with a study plan. Routines and schedules work so make sure that you sit down and decide when you are going to work, when you are going to be in class, and don’t forget about scheduling time to study.
- Don’t stress if your routine is not working. It is not set in stone. If it is not working, make the necessary changes until you find something that works for you!
- Find out if your current job will pay for your college classes. Many companies will pay for all or at least a part of your college tuition, if you are going to advance in the same field (and stay at your job once your college is completed).
- If not, make sure that your job is flexible. You are going to need to find something that will work around your classes, while also giving you plenty of time to do your homework and study.
- As soon as you know your schedule, use your vacation time wisely. It can be very helpful to take time off during midterms and finals so that you have time to study and devote to your classes.
- Let your manager know that you are taking college classes. It is important to let your company know that you are going to be busy on the evenings and weekends with school work. They may be even more flexible if they know why they need to be.
- Try to get a job related to the field that you are taking classes in. It can be helpful to be able to put your knowledge to good use at your job. It often gives you an edge in your classes since you have some practical knowledge to go along with what you are learning.
- You might want to also look into getting a job on campus. Not only will you not have much of a commute from school to work, your boss may be really flexible with your schedule so that you have plenty of time to attend classes and study.
- Take breaks when you need to. Though your days are going to be filled with work and college, it is important to take breaks. Take a walk and get some fresh air. If you are exhausted, take a nap. You won’t really be learning anything if you can’t keep your eyes open.
- Love what you do. If you are passionate and dedicated to learning, it won’t feel like so much work. Make sure that your college degree will really help you advance your career before putting so much time and energy into it.
- Remember that you are not the only person who is doing this. There are many adults who are trying to further their careers by going back to school. If they can do it, so can you!
Though it can be difficult to go back to college after you have been working for a while, it is worth it. It may help you to remember that you are not the only one. Many have done it and succeeded and you can too!
Make sure that your boss is on board with you going back to school. There are many places that will help you to pay to further your education but, if not, hopefully it is flexible enough for you to have plenty of time to study. Make sure that you love what you are doing and it won’t seem like so much work!
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