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How to Balance a Full-Time Degree and a Job

Being a student pursuing a full-time degree as an undergraduate or a postgraduate can be a lot to deal with. From attending lectures to having multiple assignments and projects, plus also trying to partake in extracurricular activities. It almost seems like you can never catch a break. 

Let’s face it, being a student is already hard enough. Adding a job to the mix can be very overwhelming. Nevertheless, students must start charting their career paths early on. There are numerous reasons why students work while in school; it could be to gain experience, make money, or give back to their community.

However, you may be curious to know how to thrive in both areas without one having to take a back seat. If you’re a student with a job, the tips below will help you balance school and work.

1.) Create a schedule

The most efficient thing you can do to balance school and work is to create a schedule and stick to it. Your organization skills will come in handy as they will help you prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. Several scheduling software exists to help you organize tasks and stay on top of your schedule. Meanwhile, it’s also important to schedule some time to indulge in self-care, hang out with friends and family, and unwind.

2.) Manage your time wisely

Proper time management is crucial if you want to excel in both your academics and career. Every minute of your day needs to be spent wisely, even if it’s to relax. After creating a schedule, it’s best to allocate the time you intend to spend on each task.

3.) Avoid doing too many things

You already have a lot on your plate by being both a student and a worker. You don’t have to overstretch yourself by doing too much. At work, ask your boss to reduce your workload if it’s too much. At school, avoid taking too many courses in a semester. Although it’s essential to participate in extracurricular activities, avoid doing more than is necessary. This is to prevent you from overstretching yourself, so you don’t feel burnt out, and you can still have time for other things like taking a walk, reading books for pleasure, and watching TV shows.

4.) Consider working remotely

The pandemic brought a significant rise in remote work cultures that allows anyone to work from home or any part of the world. This presents an alternative option, as you don’t spend any time commuting to work. It also offers flexibility as you can better balance other aspects of your life. 

5.) Consider online degree programs

Although not every country offers this option, You can opt for an online degree depending on what part of the world you live in. This also allows you to study based on your schedule so you can have time for other areas in your life.

6.) Have a support system

Having friends and family who understand how busy your life is can be very helpful. They provide a source of support and help. They can also give an extra hand when necessary. 

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