Tips for juggling part-time work and part-time studyPosted on 13/09/2017 by Jess O'Connor
Studying from home part-time and working part-time can go hand in hand. As long as you can commit to 20 hours per week of study time, you can hold on to your part-time job and keep that money coming.
Here are a few tips on how to balance the two!
1. Be realistic about how many hours you can work
Perhaps your boss wants you to work 30 hours per week, or perhaps you’d like to work overtime to save up for a holiday. But before you commit to working a certain number of hours, sit down and figure out what’s actually reasonable. We recommend working a maximum of 20 hours per week while you study – any more and you might not have enough brainpower to complete your assignments.
If you over-commit to work, you may start missing out on basics such as sleep, time with your friends and family, regular exercise, or simply downtime. Sooner or later, you won’t be able to work or study as efficiently as you could if you had a realistic balance!
2. Ensure your job works for you
Even though a part-time job is an excellent way to gain experience and earn money, it shouldn’t compromise your studies.
For example, do your shifts run late past midnight and make you too tired to study the next day? Do you have a long commute that steals hours of driving time that could be spent studying? Is your boss flexible and understanding about you not being able to do overtime?
If your job is making studying from home too difficult, keep an eye out for one that is a better fit.
3. Plan your downtime
Normally, downtime happens for full-time students when they’re not in school, and it happens for full-time workers when they’re not on the job site. For you, you’ll need to actively plan your rest time so you don’t miss out.
Plan one day off work and study each week. Whether you get out for a hike, spend the day relaxing with friends, or just pottering around at home, your mind needs this time off to refresh and prepare for the next burst of study and work!
And one last tip: remember that you won’t be juggling part-time study with part-time work forever. It might seem hard at times and you will probably have to make some sacrifices, but it will be all worth it when you graduate with that hard-earned qualification.
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