Being a student—whether in high school, college, or grad school—can be challenging. It can be even more challenging if concurrent full-time employment is involved. And furthermore challenging if marriage and parenthood is involved. However, even with all of those challenges, reaching your goal of gaining more education is still achievable—you just need a few tips to get you over the hump.
(1) Move to 2nd or 3rd Shift
Maybe don’t do this forever, but definitely try it while you are in school. I have worked with several people who have done this, and it made taking traditional classes a lot more feasible. Also, most people who work on off shifts get paid a little more than their dayshift counterparts because of the perceived inconvenience. One man’s inconvenience is another man’s treasure.
(2) Take Online Classes or Weekend/Evening Classes
If you’re pretty much stuck on dayshift or irregular shifts, try taking online courses or weekend/evening courses. Not only does this potentially give you more flexibility, it also keeps your employer from getting annoyed with all of the personal time off (PTO) you are using to attend classes during traditional daytime hours.
(3) Make the Most of Downtime
Do you have a 10 minute work break? Write flashcards. Do you take a 60 minute lunch period? Read your textbook. Is your baby asleep? Start a term paper. Did your husband go to the home improvement store? Take a practice test. Downtime is precious. If you notice that you have some, make the most of it.
(4) Become a 7 Year Senior
Streeeeeeeetch out your time in school. If you have a pretty decent job and can pay the bills, slow your academic pace so that you can spend more time with your family and friends. Being able to socialize and stay connected may help the grunts of hard work be a little easier to bare.
(5) Utilize Employer Tuition Reimbursements
With the stress of working a job and going to school, money is the last thing many people want to worry about. That’s why it’s good to check to see if your employer offers tuition assistance. This will greatly decrease your financial burden and may help you sleep easier at night. Better sleeping equals better reaping.
What are some other success tips not listed?