How Working and Finishing School Can Be Possibleby Regina Thomas Freelance Writer
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Being a working student is undoubtedly an arduous experience, both physically and mentally speaking. Nonetheless, situations beyond our control, whether it's parents pursuing a new career path or a young adult forced to be the breadwinner due to unfortunate family circumstances, can lead to such a position. Luckily, it's possible to juggle both work and study and excel in both areas. Here are six ways on how to do just that:
Ask People For Help
Having a strong support system in the form of family or close friends will have a considerable impact on how well you perform in both your job and classes. Don't be afraid or too proud to ask for help. Aside from financial support, you can also lean on your trusted circle of people for their expertise and professional connections.
Seek the help of coworkers or classmates when working on complex tasks or assignments. Ask family members to help with errands, such as grocery shopping or moving. You can save a lot of time and money by asking other people's help rather than trying to do everything on your own.
Avoid Any Other Personal Obligations
Now isn't the time to adopt a pet or volunteer your time and energy towards your local community's anniversary party. Put a moratorium on anything that is not related to your work or studies. In other words, learn to say "NO" to invites and favors that you don't want to do or rather you cannot afford to do.
Any downtime should be used for personal care, such as getting some shuteye, reading fiction to broaden the mind, spending some quality time with family, etcetera.
Stick To Your Schedule
Having a highly specific schedule keeps you on track to accomplish all relevant tasks and assignments you have for the day with minimal mental effort required. With a busy work and study schedule, the last thing on your mind should be what you're supposed to do next or where you have to be at a particular time.
A schedule transfers all of that information from your head to paper. Thanks to mobile apps designed for easy-to-maintain scheduling, you can set up your hour-by-hour plans with ease.
Look for Financial Aid
Working students can access a myriad of financial aid programs, considering that they can qualify for aid meant for students and those meant for employees looking to go back to school. You can divide it into four main categories - grants, work-study aid, loans, and scholarships.
To find out which educational opportunities in Canada you qualify for, you can start by asking your college counselor or financial aid office about any financial aid or grant programs that you can apply to.
Choose Your Work Carefully
The more physically intense your job is, the more exhausted you will be from a shift. It's best to go for work that either complements your field of study or is not as physically demanding. Traditional office work is generally the preferred job option for part-time students as it can morph into a full-time job offer post-graduation.
If nothing else, working in an office environment makes for a good addition to your resume. Economy-gig-type jobs, such as Uber driving or dog walking, are also a good choice for students looking for part-time work as they offer more flexible schedules and pay a decent hourly rate. That being said, these jobs do fail to provide any sort of financial benefits that extend beyond the hourly wage earned.
Allocate Time For Personal Care
As mentioned multiple times in this article, working and finishing school simultaneously will have a physical and mental toll. Not having a personal care regimen can amplify the strain on your mind and body. Do meal prepping on the weekends so you can enjoy healthy meals without having to cook every day.
Give yourself an hour each day for physical fitness or to catch up on some leisure reading. Regardless of what activity you choose, make sure you feel physically and mentally reinvigorated afterward.
As a final piece of advice, consider online courses either as a supplement or a full-scale higher education program. Many of today's online courses are universally accepted in the workforce, and many certifications award college credits that you can use to expedite your bachelor's or master's degree.
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