The Best Ways To Integrate Studying For A Degree Into Your Professional Life

As a working professional with a social life outside of your career, it can be difficult for you to find time to do everything you’ve always dreamed of.

So, what happens when your employer recommends that you undertake an employer sponsored degree to help you progress in your career? 

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Earning a degree is an exciting experience but doing it whilst working can be tough. Here are some tips on how you can efficiently juggle your studies with your existing responsibilities. 

Create A Support Network

Working and studying for a degree are both incredibly time consuming, so the first thing you need to do is create a network of friends, family and colleagues who are all able and willing to help you out. This could range from little things like helping to reduce your workload or providing moral support or it could be bigger roles like helping you to study or batch cooking some healthy, nourishing meals to keep you going through the long nights studying after a hard day’s work. Whatever you need, find yourself a group of people who can provide it so that you don’t feel too stressed and know that you’re not going through this experience alone.

Find A Home With The Amenities You Need

As a student who’s also got a job, it can be hard for you to find the time to do enjoyable social activities like work out, spend time with friends and study in a comfortable environment, so try to find accommodation where you can do all these things and more. Many properties that welcome students, such as those offered by Collegiate, have all the facilities you could possibly want (including on onsite fitness suite), meaning that as soon as you get home you can jump straight into studying and having fun with your new university pals. 

Attend As Many Seminars And Classes As Possible

Students who are working at the same time as studying often find it hard to find the time to attend physical classes and seminars, but these are an important part of your course and as such you should try to make time for them if possible. One of the best ways to do this is to request time off work. After all, your new degree will benefit your company, so speak with your manager and do your best to attend as many classes as possible to make the most out of your university experience. 

Look After Yourself

When you’re busy working and studying, it can be easy to let your own health and wellbeing become a side-issue. However, you won’t be able to do either activity properly if you’re not mentally and physically fit, so it’s important that you make the time to take care of yourself. Try to find ways to integrate healthy eating, exercise and mental self-care into your schedule so that you can enjoy a fruitful experience doing your degree while working. 

Balancing your new studies and your career can be a challenge, but by working hard and being organised you can enjoy both experiences. Use these tips to guide you through the quagmire that is dealing with studying for a degree whilst working. 

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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