- Are you a student who wants to earn extra cash to pay for books and expenses?
- Do you already have a job but would like to finish your degree so you’ll have a better chance at getting a promotion?
- Can college and career go together or should the two be mutually exclusive?
If you’re a full-time student holding down a part-time job, or a full-time professional taking classes part-time, working and studying together can be a challenge but it’s not impossible. In fact, 25 percent of full-time students also work full-time.
Business majors are often employed while in college, and having work experience will actually be an advantage in understanding the concepts put forth in your business classes. On the other hand, physics and engineering majors may have all they can do to keep up with their lab-intensive coursework. Likewise, if you are a university honors student, you may be better off focusing solely on your college assignments.
Besides your program of study, your combined career/college success may also depend on whether you are attending class in person or online, the latter of which allows more flexibility. So you will have to consider your options carefully so that the balance of work and study is manageable. Otherwise, the extra stress of working and studying at the same time can make it difficult to get everything done.
The demands of combining study and work can cultivate essential skills that will help you in the long run such as time management, sticking to goals, and committing to hard work. But make sure your employer is supportive of the time you need for college. And whatever you do, don’t forget the mental health aspect – it’s crucial to find time for your personal and family commitments.
This infographic from Study Medicine Europe contains practical tips and guidance on how to manage your workload while maintaining a work-school-life balance.