It does not matter where you are in the world. The cost of education has risen sharply over the past few years. This means that more and more people are dropping out of education as they can’t afford it.
Those who are staying in education need to grab a job if they want to stand any chance of eating for a week. The only problem is, keeping a job and your education in balance is not that easy.
On this page I want to share with you some tips which should hopefully make everything slightly better for you:
- The first tip is to ensure that your education always comes first. This means that you do not want to be overworking yourself in your job only to find that you have no time left to study. If you are offered any extra hours at work then think long and hard about whether you should accept them. Sure, it is a bit of extra money in your pocket, but if it means that you can’t study for that big test then is it really worth it? I think not!
- You are going to need to become an expert at managing your time. If you do stuff as and when then you have absolutely no chance at getting the balance right. If you want to succeed at further education then you are going to need to plan everything to a tee. You will have set times to study, so make sure you stick to them. Of course, do not neglect the social side (but don’t overdo it here!). You do not want to be constantly working yourself to the bone with a job and education.
- Try to get weekend work if you can. Many students find that evening work too much in a week causes them to become too tired. If you are too tired then you will be unable to focus on your studies.
- You should always keep your employer in the loop about your education. This way they may be a touch more sympathetic (and you can feel less guilty) if you need to take time off of work to study for that big final. You don’t want to take too much time off work. It is important that you always tell your employer.
- This is about balance, but try to get a job that complements your studies! You will learn on the job a little, plus you have some good experience under your belt for when you go out in that big wide world. The people that you work with may even give you some cool little hints and tips for your exams!
- Learn how to manage your stress. Stress is often a huge killer when it comes to balancing work and education. Remember to take regular breaks. You should also learn to exercise properly. This will help to relieve a great deal of stress.
- It is often very difficult to remain motivated when you have so much on your plate. When you remember why you have to work and why you have to study it is going to make things a great deal easier.