Although challenging to work and take classes, it's definitely worth it at the end of the day to get a jump start on savings. A lot of companies will work with your school schedule as well, continuing education is super important.
You can always check with the school you are going to attend as well, they may have an employment board. Schools are always looking for interns - some even paid!
When I was in school, I took all morning classes which freed up my afternoons to work. You could also do vice-versa where you work 8-12pm then head to school from 1pm-5pm. Classes are usually offered morning and evenings for the individuals working.
Make a timetable: Make a plan for the week ahead, including study time, job hours, and class times. You'll have more time for both job and education if you follow this strategy.
Organize your job and school responsibilities by due date and priority. This will save you from becoming flustered at the last minute and help you concentrate.
Maintain open lines of communication between your workplace and your educational institutions. Talk to your teachers about your work schedule and any problems that may arise.
Make the most of your downtime by using it to study, finish off homework, or get yourself ready for impending examinations. Use your downtime wisely, whether it's during a period between courses or a slow period in the office.
Use a planner or electronic calendar to keep track of your tasks, meetings, and due dates. By doing so, you will be able to keep up with your workload and meet any necessary deadlines.
Tend to your own needs. Always put your physical and emotional well-being first. Avoid burnout by getting adequate rest, eating well, exercising, and taking breaks when necessary.
The biggest thing that helped me when I had a job and had college was scheduling ! I focused on what I couldn't change first, whether that's the job schedule or the college courses.
I tried to see if my job was willing to work with me while I was enrolled in certain courses that were only offered at specific times. For the most part it worked out.
Another option might be trying to get a job on campus! That significantly helped with saving money by not having to travel to 2 different places. In regards to time management, you will just have to try to stay strict and on a schedule. You will only have to have a job and go to school simultaneously for a few years, there's an end in sight!
College student here who's worked two jobs while going to school full time. You really have to manage time well and come to an understanding that you might not have as much social time with friends and family. I'd recommend making sure you know your work/school schedule and keep a to-do list so you don't get off track.
It's really easy to miss an assignment if you're not looking at the syllabus often (guilty of this!). I worked in customer service up until I was 18, before making the switch to online. After gaining some project management skills, I'm now working as an intern and will be completing a co-op for next school year. If you can find something remote that works with your school schedule, it's a lot easier and less exhausting to handle.
Best of luck!
When I was in college I worked a full-time job. Fortunately for me the place that I worked at was not far from my campus so I was able to work the evening shift and still maintain my studies. I took my books to work so that I could read and study during breaks and dinnertime. After I returned home I would do any coursework that was required. On my days off I'd go to the library, spend time with friends, and participate in school events.
Here are a few tips for working and going to college to consider:
• CREATE A SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT
Use the week before the semester begins or the week of — if it’s calm enough — to make your own document or tracker for each due date. The format is up to you. Just make sure to have a personal calendar that’s separate from your work one. It should include everything — work hours, classes, important errands, study blocks and even study breaks.
• PROTECT YOUR STUDY TIME
Scheduling study time is the first step, but it’s also essential that you stick to it. This means you’ll have to say ‘no’ to certain things. Setting clear expectations with your friends and family upfront is usually the best way to go. They could become your biggest cheerleaders — offering encouragement and even practical help.
• LEVERAGE YOUR NATURAL INTERNAL CLOCK
You’ve likely noticed that there are certain times of the day when you thrive. At other times, you may feel more sluggish. As you create your calendar, schedule the highest priority items — studying for an exam or completing a report for work — for when you’re at your best.
• MAKE GOOD USE OF YOUR PTO
If your work provides paid time off (PTO), don’t just save it for sick days or longer trips. As long as you follow your employer’s policy, you can selectively use a PTO day for study time leading up to a particularly large exam or presentation. And if your company closes shop during the holidays, consider using this time to plan the upcoming semester, study the syllabus or get ahead on your reading.
• MAKE SMART TO DO LISTS
Start by writing down every item you need to complete. Then, estimate the time it will take you to finish each task — be generous. Use your calendar to block of time for the highest-priority tasks, and adjust your to-do list to ensure you’re only focusing on items you know you’ll have time complete that day.
• FUEL YOUR BRAIN AND BODY
Take care of yourself and wellness.
• TAKE SOME (or only) ONLINE CLASSES
If you’re a self-starter, online classes could be a good fit for you. Some courses are offered fully online or in a self-paced format.
Best of luck to you!
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