How to combine work and studies?
Not everyone can succeed in studying alone. Not a rare student who wants to keep himself and gain work experience inevitably has to combine work and education. However, no matter whether it is a science or a job, everyone has to work with the same 24 hours a day. So your success in matching work and studies will depend on your ability to use this time purposefully.
Look for student work.
If you know that you will inevitably have to work during your studies, look for a student-friendly employer. Some job postings indicate that students are hired, which means that the employer is committed to adjusting your work schedule to the study schedule.
Think about how much time you can spend on work. Decide whether you can afford a full-time job. Even if you theoretically calculate the hours spent on work and science, you will realize that you will have enough time, think that theoretical calculations do not always work in practice: take into account the specifics of the work and actually assess your ability to find time after the full day work, energy preparation for the billing. If you think it won’t work – try to work half-time.
In this case, if you are studying and working at the same time, decide which of these activities is a priority. If you appreciate the experience and knowledge gained during your studies, look for a job that only helps you pay bills. If you are seeking first to gain work experience and make money – donate a few lectures a week for good work or let yourself not necessarily get a good assessment for your payment.
Think of studying in the evenings or at a distance. If you have chosen a job, experience and salary as a priority, think about alternative study opportunities. Each higher education institution offers part-time studies. Of course, they last longer, but you can work easily; you will also gain a scientific degree.
Try to make your work and studies fit. Ideally, you would find a job that would require the skills you acquire during your studies. For example, if you are studying law, you could work perfectly in a law firm. It doesn’t matter that your job is just sorting letters or assisting lawyers. In addition, if your supervisor has completed the same studies himself, he is more likely to understand how difficult it is to study and work at the same time and look more flexibly at your tense schedule.
As soon as you become familiar with the curriculum, the schedule of lectures and the requirements, start planning ahead. As soon as you receive a list of literature, you should distribute the number of pages you should read daily. If you find out in the first lecture that you need to write and write on the subject, do not hesitate to take this task. After all, in the course of the semester, it is likely that such writing will not be written by more than one. So, try to do your tasks for a long time without delay. It is also worthwhile to think in advance about the subject of the bachelor’s thesis, to agree with the chosen teacher on it and on the management of your work. In this way, you will be able to gradually choose the material, consult with the always committed Helpers and start work in the summer before the last study course. If you have completed your work, you can also always seek help from our website consultants who will save you time by advising you on various writing-related issues.
Delegate some tasks. In case you combine studies and work, do not incur additional responsibilities in any area. If it is possible to “delegate” something to someone else (both related to studies and work) – do it. For example, ask the Helpers of our team to help you create a list of literature for bachelor or master thesis writing. Also set limits for yourself and others. If an employer is looking for a volunteer to work on a weekend, it will not really be you. Learn to say “no” to colleagues who want to charge you extra jobs that are not related to your duties. If you have a group project at a university, just do your part and take no responsibility to review and correct each contributor’s contribution.
Stay in good touch with the course. It is imperative to maintain good relationships with your group members or course-holders in an effort to combine work and study. The popularity of current technology and social networks greatly facilitates this task. Colleagues will be able to get information on the content of the missed lecture, dates of intermediate payments, borrowed notes.
Take the trip to work. While living and working in a city, traveling from home to work usually takes a short time, and after work, the journey also takes a lot of time. So, get out of your home with the book (or article) you need for your studies and read the bus while you go to work.
Take advantage not only of the time you spend on the bus.
On your work computer, have a document with your bachelor’s or master’s thesis, which you can add to a free minute. You can also have the material you need for an exam or intermediate examination at work, and you will take the opportunity to see it on occasion.
Do several jobs at once. Of course, it is not advisable to go through the year with a few times a day to jump to study material. However, you can incorporate work or study into the chain of everyday tasks. Read some literature needed for writing a paper while preparing dinner; Record the literature needed for the billing and listen to it by going out to escape; and etc.
Balance lecture attendance. You will not be able to go to all lectures while working. So, after reading the lecture schedule and the requirements for each course, decide what lectures you will attend. If the lecturer publishes the dates of the forthcoming workshops, make a note of them immediately as they will certainly need to go. Otherwise, do a two-week lecture schedule: note which lectures you are walking in the first week, and come to the second one.
Say that you will inevitably have to sacrifice something. To successfully balance between work and study, refuse those activities that spawn your time, but do nothing in return. For example, don’t watch television; better spend that time communicating with family or friends. Without watching TV shows or reading entertainment portals, you will save a few hours a day, which you can use in communicating with your family or writing your final thesis.
Ask for free days during the session. You will probably not be able to get ready for exams when you work and learn. So, in the coming session, it would be best to have a few weeks of free preparation so that you can prepare for the exam normally and complete the school year without debt. If it is not possible to get rid of the job completely, try at least one day before the exam. At the final stage of writing a bachelor’s or master’s thesis, it is also useful to have at least some free days to complete that job. Of course, our consultants can help to prepare a high quality final paper presentation; this will save you some time. So, when the burden of learning comes down to your full strength, try to negotiate with your employer and ask at least a bit of free time (from work).
Remember to keep your time with yourself while studying and working. In this critical period, it is very important to find time for what pleases you. Over time, you can only feel tired of working or studying, and feel that you will never escape from this vicious circle. This may lead to a desire to quit work or education, or both. So it is very important that you find time for at least some relaxation every day. Take at least half an hour a day for your enjoyable physical activity: go for a walk, ride a dog, ride a bike. This will help to relax, regain strength and distract.