How To Balance School And Work?

Finding a balance between school and work is like the trapeze artist walking the fine line. It is a juggling act that most of the students learn to perform with a little practice and a lot of planning and determination.

Manage your stress

Managing work and school can be very stressful. Make time for yourself to relax whether it be a morning walk or jog around the campus or an evening stroll when your mind is full of information that you are desperately trying to cram.

Set a realistic goal

You have to sit down and calculate the amount of work and study that is realistic. Do not expect to enroll in 25 units and work fulltime and then remain sane. You have to work out a practical and realistic schedule and routine and then stick to it. In the end you will be happy as it will work out if you have a clear grip of a realistic goal.

Focus on one thing

Learn to keep work and school separate as worrying about one or both will both be stressful and cause trouble for you at school and work. While you are at work, refuse to think about school unless it is school work that can be done during your break. While in school do not stress over your job. This is a healthy routine or habit to follow.

Work study program

Some organizations like hospitals offer work study programs where you will be paid full time if your work half-time and sign a contract which binds you to work for them for a certain number of years after your graduate. This is a good incentive which will earn you money and the much needed time for studying and attending classes.

Be organized

Organization and meticulous planning is the key to creating a balance between work and school. Starting from your closet, student desk, bed, folders, books and backpack, being organized will not only save time but also keep you sane.

Campus jobs

Colleges employ students in a variety of campus jobs like in the bookstore, literature library, cafeteria, and even as student tutors. This will give the flexibility required by students to work around their class schedule.

Develop New Ways to Think About Work

The entire world of work has been changing over the last several years, but even more rapidly since the recession began. I regularly hear clients express their concern over a lack of open positions; few are being posted, none of their friends’ companies have any openings, and the unemployment rate is rising. What can be done?

Keep in mind that these problems primarily apply to full-time employment. Yes, you probably need to make a certain income, and working 20 hours a week may not be the best way to accomplish this. Still, is working for a Fortune 500 company the only way?

For just a moment, consider some additional options that will allow you to work 40 hours, or make the same amount of income in less time. You can freelance, work as a contract employee, work two part-time jobs, start your own business, or work at a start-up company (which can consist of just 2 or 3 employees).

In this changing world, the old business models are falling away. That can be scary, but these new choices may have positives that previous jobs did not. For example, as a freelance or self-employed worker, you will likely be more in charge of your own schedule. Wouldn’t it be a nice change of pace to go on a field trip with your kids without first having to ask your boss?

Working two part-time jobs or in a small start-up organization may not give you the same flexibility, but they come with their own perks. You will have more variety, and both provide a greater opportunity to develop new skills. Specifically, at a start-up, you will have more of a chance to wear many hats. For people who get bored easily, these options may be worth taking a closer look at.

These choices are not without their downsides, but what is? If you have been out of work for a long time, or just want to try something different, it just might be time to explore these out-of-the-box options.