March 8 2019
It’s never too late to get an education. Whether you’re aiming for an associate’s degree or you joined a work training program, you can do a lot of good for your career development by getting further education. Of course, the problem comes when you need to balance this further education with holding down a steady job, both to keep yourself going and to pay for the classes you’re attending.
That’s why a flexible work schedule can really come in handy. You won’t have to worry about schedule conflicts when you can change your schedule on the fly, and you won’t have to settle on taking night courses when you can work evenings instead. Depending on your job, you might even be able to put in some time at work between lessons.
Still, you should be careful about balancing your work schedule with the time you spend at lectures and completing homework. Even if you only take enough classes to be a part-time student, you’re using up a lot of the time you would normally have to relax and decompress after a long and often stressful day of work. Instead, you’re now using that time studying and completing school projects.
While you absolutely shouldn’t let this fact stop you from potentially improving your life and improving your career development, you should keep in mind that you’ll need to manage your time well and make a few sacrifices until your education is complete. You may need to spend less time hanging out with your friends, or else you should figure out a meal plan that gets you spending less time making food without sacrificing too much quality.
You should also keep in mind that your flex-hour job might take you away from lessons unexpectedly. For instance, if your job involves managing properties then you might need to help a tenant with an emergency during a class. However, you shouldn’t let a situation like this stop you: most professors understand that a job emergency can sometimes call people away, and so if you explain that this might happen during classes your professor should be able to help you by providing handouts or scheduling exam makeup dates.
Balancing education with a full-time job can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when that job comes with flexible hours. It’s worth the effort, too, especially if a degree or advanced license is what you need for the next step of your career development. Just remember to be careful with your schedule and make sure you leave some time for relaxation.