Work – Study – Life Balance
Simple Resources for Great Results
In today’s fast-paced world – and given the current economic conditions – it is becoming more common for people to study while also working full-time. Few of us have the luxury of spending three years and a great deal of money to complete our studies by attending a university or college full-time.
However, studying for an additional qualification is often the next step on your career path: learning new skills needed in your workplace, opening new opportunities for yourself in your industry and developing your knowledge and abilities – all of which will increase your future earning ability and your career prospects.
Fortunately, maintaining a work-study-life balance is not impossible, but it can be a challenge unless you tap into all the resources available to you. Here are four simple resources to ensure you can obtain the qualification you need, without compromising your work and your social life.
Your greatest resource is your own determination and will to succeed. Studying while working is a stepping-stone to achieving a goal, whether that is to obtain a qualification to boost your career prospects, to qualify for a promotion or to get a better-paying position. Keep your motivation to study high by reminding yourself continuously why you are studying. Write down your goal or find a suitable picture to put up in your study area to boost your determination and to reinforce your will to succeed.
Fortunately, our modern world has produced an almost endless array of tools to assist us with the challenges of balancing work, study and social demands.
Top among these tools for those who are studying while working are accredited online study courses that offer a great deal more flexibility in terms of time and significant savings in terms of cost. Online courses allow you to study when and where it works best for you, as opposed to travelling to attend scheduled classes.
There are also a wide choice of guides, apps and tools online to assist you with finding the best study methods, motivational strategies and learning support.
3. Proper Planning
Among your most precious resources is your time. Planning is essential to ensure your time is allocated purposefully, so you can fit it all in. Use a calendar – whether on paper or digital – to mark important dates and deadlines: exam dates, due dates for assignments, work deadlines and social commitments. Work back from these, allowing yourself enough time to prepare for each milestone, while considering your own strengths. For example, if you are a morning person, schedule study time early before work, or if you are a night owl, block off time in the evenings.
Make sure your planning also allows time for friends and family, for peak periods or deadlines at work, and for taking care of yourself with enough sleep, rest and relaxation, exercise and healthy food.
4. Lean on your Support Systems
To successfully balance work, study and your social life, you will need to lean on all your support systems.
Share your study goals with your family and friends and ask for their support. You may also want to inform your employer and might find that your workplace will support you in ways such as study leave and even financial support.
Study groups – whether online, via WhatsApp or at a meeting place – are also a time-honoured way of staying on course with your studies. Spending time with others who are facing similar challenges is encouraging and often motivating.
Perhaps your greatest resource are your lecturers and student advisors. Your lecturers have a vested interest in your success and our Academy of York student advisors are at the ready to assist you in all aspects of your studies, taking great pride in providing you with fanatical support every step of the way.
Studying while also working full-time certainly is not easy, but if you are determined to move your career forward by obtaining a higher qualification and tap into all the resources available – you can most certainly achieve your goal.